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KERRETV Webinar Today (Tues Nov 15) 2pm-3pm, EST

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Grant Acquisition for Small Business in Indian Country

Join this webinar to receive specific strategies to help small businesses locate available funds.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to develop relationships with small business funders
  • How the Self-Determination Act helped our Federal Agencies create Indian Country agencies within their Federal Department
  • How to find the right small business funder
  • How to write the proposal by “telling your story”
  • How to report back to the funder in a way that will increase your chances of continued financial assistance

To register follow this link:

https://events-na8.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1089439605/en/events/event/private/1090395802/1433992356/event_landing.html?sco-id=1993702074

Deadline 7/29! SBA Requesting Quotes for Small Business Research

sbaThe Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) is pleased to announce a series of solicitations for small business research.  Proposals are due by 7:30 AM Mountain time on Friday, July 29, 2016.

The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends. To fulfill this task, Advocacy periodically fund small business research from researchers through requests for quotations (RFQs). Areas of interest have been chosen because they are researchable, show the status or role of small businesses, can be a catalyst for further research, or may provide policymaking insight.

For more information see here: http://go.usa.gov/x3FjB

Are You a Small Business? Take a Look How to Stand Out From Big Businesses in This SBA Blog.

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As many celebrated National Small Business Week May 1-7, the strengths of America’s small businesses were at the top of many minds. Small businesses are essential to communities and help to foster innovation in every industry.

Read the complete blog online here: Blog | Stand Out From Big Businesses

Ed Sciences Funding Deadline is Jan 21st!

 

iesFunding Opportunity! Small Business Innovation Research program at the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is taking solicitations until January 21st.

*Information from iES. Please visit: https://ies.ed.gov/sbir/2016solicitations.asp

ED/IES SBIR Fiscal Year 2016 Program Solicitation is Now Open

Through its annual competition, the Small Business Innovation Research program at the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences provides funding to firms and partners for the research and development, and evaluation of commercially viable education technology products.

On December 7, 2015, ED/IES SBIR released its Fiscal Year 2016 solicitation:

Fiscal Year 2015 “Phase I” Solicitation: Solicitation #ED-IES-16-R-0003, is a request for Phase I proposals for awards up to $150,000 for 6-months. These proposals are for the development of prototypes of education technology products to improve relevant student, teacher, or administrator outcomes in education and special education settings.

To access to the Phase I solicitation on the FBO.gov website, click here.

The submission deadline for all Phase I proposals is January 21, 2016, at 2 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.

Please Note: ED/IES SBIR is not offering a Fast-Track (Phase I & II) program solicitation in FY 2016.

For more information about the Institute’s SBIR program, visit the program website by clicking here.

 

Register TODAY Small Business Owners! North Central Technical College of Antigo Is Hosting “Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses” On November 11th!

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When:  November 11, 2015 – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Where: North Central Technical College – Antigo Campus – Room WT 108A – 312 Forrest Ave – Antigo, WI 54409

Additional Information and Registration can be found by clicking here:

This event is free but registration is required!

The Federal government spends over 450 billion dollars each year. Not everything the Federal government buys is a multi-year, multi-million dollar purchase. Agencies and agency prime contractors purchase millions of dollars of parts, components, assemblies, and services to support a wide variety of requirements.

Presented by Josephs Smetak from the Wisconsin Procurement Institute, this session is designed as an introduction for small businesses who are considering entering the government contracting market or those just starting to review and look for opportunities.

You’ll receive:

  • An overview of Federal, state, and local markets
  • Tips on locating and qualifying opportunities
  • Information on how the Federal government buys
  • A step-by-step guide to getting started
  • Answers to questions about what business registrations are required
  • Benefits of being a small business

For more information or questions please contact Patty Sullivan at patricas@wisipro.org or 920-840-3771

Find Out The Dos and Don’ts of Local Entrepreneurship Promotion in the September 2015 Entrepreneurship Policy Digest.

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Small businesses and large companies are vital economic players. But the principal sources of innovation and job creation are new, young, and growing companies. Entrepreneurs and the companies they start are responsible for nearly all of the net new job creation in the U.S. economy. Research suggests that policymakers seeking to promote entrepreneurship in their city or state turn from past strategies and embrace a new approach that puts entrepreneurs at the center.

Read the full September 2015 Entrepreneurship Policy Digest here: http://www.kauffman.org/~/media/kauffman_org/resources/2014/entrepreneurship%20policy%20digest/april%202014/entrepreneurship_policy_digest_april2014.pdf

BPC Named Outstanding Small Business

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Bowman Performance Consulting Wins 2014 Governor’s Marketplace Award

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) collected nominations for the 2014 Marketplace Governor’s Awards. Bowman Performance Consulting of Shawano, Wisconsin was recognized as an Outstanding Small Size Business at the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development. Nicole Bowman accepted the award on October 23, 2014 at the Potawatomi Expo Center in Milwaukee during Marketplace 2014. The Marketplace conference was a sold out event with over 600 registered attendees.

The WEDC says, “The Outstanding Business Award recognizes a State Certified Business Enterprise that has demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years with plans to continue expansion in the future. Judges will consider revenue growth, employment growth, the company’s strategy for pursuing new opportunities, ability to overcome challenges, and past investments in employee development, business systems, marketing, equipment and other company assets.”

Nicole Bowman is quoted, “I am happy to accept this Outstanding Small Business Award on behalf of Bowman Performance Consulting. I’m just the face of BPC, however. We all work hard to make BPC what it is today. I’d like to thank my vendors who provide legal, consulting, and marketing services as well as my professional services staff who enable me to focus on doing what I do best. I need to thank my staff and subcontractors as well as my clients. A special thank you goes to clients of BPC who have allowed us to work with them, not on them, and with whom we’ve built a strong history that has allowed us to look forward to the future. BPC will continue to expand, overcome challenges, and assist clients in improving performance and building capacity.”

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Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  BPC provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

About the Award and Marketplace

The Marketplace 2014 awards are open to Wisconsin-based companies that have been certified as MBE, WBE or DVB businesses by the State of Wisconsin. More about the award at http://inwisconsin.com/press_releases/marketplace-2014-awards/. Milwaukee Business Journal article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2014/10/24/eight-wisconsin-companies-earn-awards-from-state.html.

In Wisconsin says, “Marketplace 2014 is the premier business capacity building conference of the year for minority, women and veteran business entrepreneurs looking to do business with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations. For more than 30 years, the conference has provided opportunities for businesses to meet with potential buyers, identify funding sources, connect with business assistance resources and network with other businesses.”

Menominee Business Center Awarded Grant for Rural and Tribal Business Mentoring Program

Menominee Business Center awarded grant for rural and Tribal business mentoring program

Menominee Business Center awarded grant for rural and Tribal business mentoring program.

Area business leaders to mentor under-performing businesses.

Keshena, WI – The Menominee Business Center (MBC) has been awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to provide a mentoring program to assist existing rural and Tribal businesses that are under-performing. Local business owner Nicole Bowman, Bowman Performance Consulting, will be providing evaluation support to the RBEG program leaders and mentoring participants.

Bowman says, “As an established business, I’m excited to work with newer businesses. I give practical advice from my own successes and lessons learned. The real world setting will assist mentees to leverage the resources they have, despite limited capacity. Additionally, I’m looking forward to developing innovative performance metrics that will help the Menominee Nation with implementation and longer-term impact for the program.”

About the Mentor Program

The program will assist in the improvement of the Menominee Nation economy by creating and retaining jobs; provide low cost space for office, business, and light industrial users; support local business development programs; and stimulate private sector initiative on the Menominee Reservation.

During the mentorship, participants will take a readiness/capacity assessment. Then they’ll receive tailored training and technical support to develop their individual and/or organizational business capacity, infrastructure, knowledge, skills, and resources. At the conclusion, summative data will be gathered to measure project impacts and longitudinal changes from the initial baseline.

About Bowman

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  BPC provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028