Entrepreneurs Celebrating Independence Day
Entrepreneurship is the freedom to live a life of independence. America’s entrepreneurs represent our very own independent risk takers. It takes grit and determination start and run a small business. And it takes risk to produce profit. I have learned first-hand as an entrepreneur that taking risk often leads to mistakes, and mistakes always have a cost associated with them. This is where the U.S. Small Business Administration comes in. We want to help celebrate your Independence Day this year by helping you understand how the SBA can reduce your risk as an American entrepreneur.
America’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence 243 years ago, but it took more than a decade for that dream to become reality. Small business owners earn that same independence through starting and running their own companies, and the SBA and its partners can help make that dream a reality on a much faster track.
Owning a business can mean personal and financial independence for you and your family. If you are thinking of starting a business, you may start the process by placing your ideas into a business plan. A toolkit is available here: https://www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1. The next step would be to contact your local SBA district office. An SBA team member may help guide you to the next steps, which will vary depending on the type of business you are starting.
If you are an existing entrepreneur looking to gain further independence by taking your business to the next level, then the SBA stands by ready to assist. Whether you are looking for capital or access to government contracting, the SBA has a resource for you. A major component of the SBA that many are not aware of is its counseling arm. No matter where you fall in the business lifecycle, the SBA has a resource to help steer you confidently to the next level. And the best part: it is all available at no cost.
Entrepreneurship is as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. We are excited to celebrate your independence with you as you lead your small business journey. We wish you a very Happy Independence Day. For the latest information, please follow us on Twitter @SBASoutheast.
South Florida District Office
Victoria Guerrero, District Director
Last month, we hosted a free event in the City of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida to aid entrepreneurs in securing federal contracts. More than 250 local small business owners attended the “Drive 8(a) Recruitment Summit,” sponsored by Urban Pulse Direct (UPD) Smart Solutions. Our goal at the South Florida District is to help Florida small businesses grow and expand our portfolio of 8(a) firms. While the federal contracting process can be daunting, we’re here to help small businesses navigate the landscape. We were also joined by experts from the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and Women’s Business Center who also shared information on the advantages of federal contracting programs, what it takes to qualify, and how entrepreneurs can receive free small business assistance from their respective organizations.