By Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator
When I started my businesses, it was overwhelming. I had to set up a legal structure, find office space, learn local zoning laws, apply for multiple licenses and permits, and navigate a maze of city, county, state and federal requirements before I could even open my doors.
The process shouldn’t be so difficult and time-consuming.
That’s why I’m proud to join the White House in announcing the launch of our Startup in a Day initiative, in alliance with the National League of Cities. Continue reading
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce a third year of federal funding to help small businesses grow through exporting. The $494,200 grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, is the second-largest state award from a total of $8 million nationwide and continues the successful programs offered through Commerce’s International Trade unit.
Commerce will use the funds to support small businesses with activities such as export vouchers, trade show support, rural outreach and training, and export finance training. In addition, Washington will emphasize assistance for new-to-export businesses and the targeted outreach to women, minority, and veteran-owned small businesses.
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