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Rural Strong Small Business

Tuesday, July 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • Organized By U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Springfield Branch Office
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Springfield, Missouri Branch Office (SPBO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Kansas Small Business Development Center (KS SBDC) at Pittsburg State Universityare co-hosting free Rural Strong Small Business webinars. This is a must attend event for aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, community leaders, and lending institutions interested in government guaranteed loans. 


Created in 1953, SBA continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. Small Business Development Centers are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the SBA.


The SBA senior leadership has placed a huge emphasis on rural development to promote stronger businesses and agricultural economies. SBA and USDA are bringing complementary strengths to increase rural outreach and leverage combined distribution capabilities. The goals of these events are to help improve access to lending to rural small businesses, increase investment opportunities in rural areas, and provide federal contracting opportunities to rural businesses. 


Participants will learn about:

  • SBA/USDA programs designed to help small businesses start and grow
  • SBA/USDA small business lending programs
  • Growing small businesses through federal contracts and international trade opportunities
  • Small business trainings, counseling, and services provided by the KS SBDC at Pittsburg State University