WIPP's myContracting Magazine January 2015 - Page 10

By Lynn Douthett

SBA North Carolina District Director

SBA District Offices are responsible for the delivery of SBA's many programs and services throughout the country. It is through these offices you can access the 3 C’s of SBA: Counseling, Capital and Contracts.

COUNSELING - Find local counselors and mentors through the SBA network of non-profit partners including SCORE, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Women’s Business Centers and Veteran’s Business Outreach Centers to help with starting, running and growing a small business.

CAPITAL - Learn about SBA loan programs for starting or growing a business and find local participating lenders in your area that can support your working capital and other financing needs.

CONTRACTS – Locate resources to see if your small business is ready to access the over $600 billion in contracts awarded by the U.S. government each year. Partners can help you evaluate your eligibility for set aside programs.

How do you get started? Visit sba.gov and click on the “Contracting” tab to find information on all SBA contracting programs, videos, tutorials, contacts, and more. Click on the tab “About SBA” – you’ll find the link to all district offices.

How do you get started? Visit sba.gov and click on the “Contracting” tab to find information on all SBA contracting programs, videos, tutorials, contacts, and more. Click on the tab “About SBA” – you’ll find the link to all district offices.

Lynn Douthett speaks at the ChallengeHER North Carolina event.

SBA has government contracting assistance for business owners as they grow their business. To evaluate whether or not to pursue federal contracts, we have the online SBA government contracting classroom. The Government Contracting 101 course is a great place to start. If you are already engaged in federal procurement or ready to take the plunge, there are Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) throughout the country. PTAC counselors offer training opportunities on different topics to help you navigate the maze of federal procurement.

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