Keep it simple: SBA revamps lending programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration works best when it encourages an open conversation with the small business community it serves. SBA staff is on the ground every working day speaking with and on behalf of small businesses and the associations and resource partners that represent them.  At SBA, we create loan products in response to […]

Help available for encore entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP have entered into a strategic alliance to provide counseling and training to older entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a small business. Through SBA online training courses and the federal agency’s nationwide network of business mentors and counselors, the SBA and AARP have set a goal to […]

SBA helps young entrepreneurs create their first job

A first job brings with it more than just a steady paycheck. The experience teaches life and work skills that provide benefits long after the job is done. But as our nation continues to recover from the deepest recession since the Great Depression, American youth struggle to get the work experience they need for jobs […]

Cuts offer businesses help at a taxing time

As regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, I travel throughout Colorado and meet with small business owners. They often express their frustration with taxes and regulations.  What many small business owners don’t realize is that 17 small business tax cuts have been signed into law or that the Barack Obama administration has included […]

Going green helps businesses make green

Green dry cleaners. Green car washes. Green puppy food. Green wall paints. Green is everywhere. It’s taught in the first grade. It’s at the center of many corporate manufacturing and marketing policies. And whether you believe in climate change or still have doubts, consumers demand green. Adopting environmentally friendly and energy efficient business practices provides […]

Marketing plan well worth the effort

Have you ever said to yourself: This town has too many hair salons? Or have you noticed that yet another pizza joint has opened? Of course, it’s entirely possible such ventures are all making a good profit. But sometimes you have to wonder whether small business owners sufficiently evaluate local markets to ensure their products […]

Hiring for the holdays? Here’s help

As the economy continues to gain traction, many small retailers are forced to put more of their economic eggs in the holiday season shopping basket. Hoping to take advantage of an uptick in consumer confidence, an end-of-year holiday splash is possible, but could be more difficult this season. Hiring extra help for the hoped-for push […]

At your service: SBA strives to assist underserved communities

The U.S. Small Business Administration remains committed to providing access and opportunity to Americans who are — or want to become — small business owners. For a variety of reasons, some communities are underserved when it comes to getting the tools they need to help grow businesses and create jobs. This includes residents of some […]

The proposed American Jobs Act would put $1,500 in the pockets of every typical household in Colorado, which in turn would grow local economies, stimulate small business and generate new employment throughout the state. Over the long run, the federal legislation would make investments in our nation’s schools and infrastructure — creating more contracting opportunities […]