COMMENTARY: First State Manufacturing a success story in Delaware

The new year is a time of reflection for us all. For me, and the 180 SBA offices; SCORE chapters; Business Development Centers and other SBA resources I oversee in SBA’s Mid-Atlantic Region, this is an especially poignant time as I say goodbye to the many wonderful small business advocates and entrepreneurs I’ve met during […]

COMMENTARY: Start a new holiday tradition by shopping small

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It’s the one thing on which I think we can all agree: with the right support, small businesses have the power to propel local economies and lift up communities. When we shop small — by spending our money at locally owned small businesses within our neighborhoods and towns — we are helping create two out […]

STEP up your export game with SBA program

Ninety-six percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States and represent two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power. U.S. companies that export enjoy business success with increased sales and profit potential. Exporting also helps businesses weather downturns in the domestic economy by being prepared to respond to foreign competition and global market trends. […]

STEP up your export game with SBA grants

It seems every day I’m telling groups of small-business owners or nonprofits that, with a few exceptions, the SBA doesn’t typically hand out grants. I relish being able to talk about the occasions when we do, especially when it comes to talking about my favorite exception — exporting. In this case, I’m referring to the 2015 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program just announced this week.