Monthly Archives: February 2014

Deadline For SBA Richmond District Awards is Feb. 28th

The Richmond District Office has extended the deadline for submitting district awards to February 28, 2014.

Submission for the following categories are still wanted:
Family-Owned Business of the Year
Financial Services Champion of the Year
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Women in Business Champion of the Year

Nominations can be sent to:
SBA Richmond District Office
400 N. 8th Street, Suite 1150
Richmond, VA 23226
(804) 771-2400 x128

or

by email to:
matthew.nowak@sba.gov

George Mason’s Mason Enterprise Center, as part of the Virginia SBDC and UANL are establishing the first International Sister Center partnership under the Small Business Network of the Americas

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson and Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora will deliver remarks and witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between George Mason University and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL), February 6, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in the Delegates Lounge at the U.S. Department of State. As leading members of Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks, George Mason’s Mason Enterprise Center and UANL are establishing the first International Sister Center partnership under the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA).

As Sister Centers, George Mason and UANL will cooperate on soft landing programs for small businesses looking to establish a presence in the vicinity of Monterrey, Mexico or the Commonwealth of Virginia. George Mason will be represented by the Vice President for Global and International Strategies, Dr. Anne Schiller; UANL will be represented by Vice President for Sustainable Development, Dr. Sergio Fernandez Delgadillo. The Sister Centers will also generally support activities that promote bilateral trade, share best practices in entrepreneurial assistance, carry out faculty and student exchanges, and explore other possibilities for collaboration between SBDCs hosted by each university.

Launched in 2012 at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, SBNA is President Obama’s signature initiative to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and small business growth in the Western Hemisphere. For more information on SBNA, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSFDJMbx9FE. For inquiries on SBNA, please contact SBNA@state.gov.

Nominations for small business awards being accepted by the Richmond District Office SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Richmond District office is accepting nominations for its 2014 Small Business Week awards luncheon scheduled for May 2014. The RDO will accept nominations up to February 7, 2014.

Anyone advocating small business including self-nominators may submit nomination packets. Nominations can be mailed, hand-delivered directly to the Richmond District Office or submitted online through a registration process at http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3155/news/772001/.

The Richmond District Office will award the following categories:
• Small Business Person of the Year
• Small Business Exporter of the Year
• Family-Owned Business of the Year
• Minority Small Business of the Year
• Financial Services Champion
• Veteran’s Small Business Champion
• Women in Business Champion

Winners will receive their awards at the annual Virginia Small Business Week awards luncheon scheduled for the Richmond area in May 2014. Additional tickets will be available for purchase by supporters of small business, the business community and the general public.

Nomination materials and forms can be found at http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3155/news/772001/ or requested through a Richmond District Office SBA representative.

Winners of each category will be submitted for national awards of the same category and will be invited to attend events during the 2014 National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.

Virginia SBDC