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4 Questions Business Plans Should Answer, Resources for Women Entrepreneurs and Council for Underserved Communities

12/14/2021 9:33 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)
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COVID EIDL Applicants: Join SBA's COVID EIDL Application Completion Office Hours for information about the application process and get your questions answered to apply for COVID EIDL funds. 

  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET Join here

Friendly reminder! The SBA strongly encourages submission of Supplemental Targeted Advance applications by today, December 10, 2021. For more information about the COVID EIDL application deadline and more, visit the SBA website. 

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This week, Administrator Guzman visited New York, New York to meet inspiring small business owners and theatres who were able to pivot, recover and grow with help from SBA programs and resources. Follow the Administrator on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter to see photos and videos of all her visits to small businesses across America.

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Council on Underserved Communities

Earlier this week, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the leaders who will serve on the reconvened Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) authorized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), including its appointed Chair, John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman, and Co-CEO of Ariel Investments, LLC.

The CUC will work to further the equity priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration by making programmatic and policy recommendations to Administrator Guzman and the SBA to increase access and opportunity across SBA’s programs and initiatives to help level the playing field for all of America’s entrepreneurs.

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Illustration of a trophy with the following text, 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. Visit

The National Small Business Week awards are back! The SBA is now accepting nominations for its 2022 National Small Business Week Awards, including the Small Business Person of the Year. Could you be our next winner? Submit your nomination today. All nominations must be submitted no later than January 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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National Write a Business Plan Month


A great business plan can impress potential investors and pave the way for your business’s success. In SBA's latest blog, check out the four questions every effective business plan should answer.

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Women in Business


Earlier this week, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced that the SBA intends to elevate its Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) to directly report to the Office of the Administrator. Under Administrator Guzman, the SBA has also expanded the number of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) to a record 140 locations nationwide. The newest WBC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, opened its doors on December 8, 2021. WBCs offer a network of extensive on-the-ground resources that include free to low-cost counseling, training, business development technical assistance and are dedicated to assisting women entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand their enterprises. 

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Small businesses power America's economy. Today, there are over 32.5 million small businesses in the United States, and they need our help more than ever. Support small businesses in your community and shop small throughout the holiday season. Follow the SBA on Twitter, @SBAgov for the latest updates and help spread the word to shop small with the hashtag, #25daysofsmallbiz.

Photo of two people with the following text, COVID EIDL and International Trade Webinar on December 15 at 2 pm ET


SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up for a series of webinars that highlight programs and services to help small businesses grow and thrive. Join us for the next session on Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET: COVID EIDL and Information Regarding International Trade, Investment and Innovation

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
  • Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
  • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration

Register for the webinar

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Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal. Follow the steps below.

  1. Find out if your lender is participating. 
  2. Watch a video about how to use the portal.
  3. Apply for forgiveness.

For additional information, visit the SBA website.

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Thanks to vaccines, small businesses across America have opened back up. Keep the momentum going by getting vaccinated. Find a vaccine provider near you

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The Falls Chamber of Commerce is a professional association of businesses in  the falls area.  We are the catalyst that facilitates business growth , prosperity, partnership and success for our members. 



Emerson Doiron, Executive Director
office hours by appointment: 472 High Street, Somersworth NH 03878


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