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In this issue of the Texas State SBDC Newsletter...

Disaster Recovery Webinar: "Economic Injury 101"
HUB Speed Networking: Meet the Decision-Makers at DPS!
60-Day Mini-Accelerator at Capital Factory
HEB: Looking for Texas' Best Beauty & Grooming Products
Shark Tank Casting Call in Dallas
Webinar on January 24, 2018
Did you know that even if you didn't have any physical damage to your business after Hurricane Harvey, you may qualify for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan? If your business is located in one of the following counties and your sales declined as a result of the storm you could have access to a low-interest, long-term loan:
Bastrop, Fayette, Lee, Caldwell, Travis, Williamson*

The deadline to apply for an economic injury loan is May 25, 2018. We have an expert from the SBA Office of Disaster Assistance scheduled to present an "Economic Injury 101" webinar on January 24th to help you figure out if this is something you should consider. Questions he'll be answering:
  • who should be applying for economic injury loans?
  • what is the process?
  • what are the terms?
  • how long does it take to get approved?
  • are there any drawbacks?
  • what are the biggest mistakes people make?
  • what are reasons for denial?
January 24, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (central)
Limited to 25 Attendees
No Cost
Register to get the log-in/call-in instructions
*These are counties in the Texas State SBDC Service Area; full list of all Texas counties eligible for economic injury can be found here.
Register Here

Meet DPS Buyers January 17, 2018
DPS Speed Networking
What's the hardest part of government contracting? Getting in front of the person who buys what you have to sell. It's all about building relationships so the buyers remember you when it's time for the next purchase. The Department of Public Service is trying something new that we think will make it easier for you to get in front of the right person!

Their first ever "Speed Networking" day is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 17th. The event is specifically designed to allow vendors a concise, focused opportunity to introduce themselves and learn about the agency's procurement and contracting process. Sign up now to meet with a DPS procurement officer. You may sign up once per category, just make sure you don't overlap times with your other meetings. Click on the category below to sign up:

If you have any questions, please email Harland.Garcia@dps.texas.gov. Event will be held at the Criminal Law Enforcement Auditorium, DPS Headquarters, Building E, 6100 Guadalupe, Austin, 78752.  *No contracts guaranteed. 
Deadline to Apply January 12, 2018
Our friends at DivInc are looking for 20 companies  to participate in a 60-day Mini-Accelerator at Capital Factory. Participants will present their newly revitalized, re-imagined, ramped-up business in a 7-minute story pitch on March 8th for the chance to win $5,000 in prizes. Must have revenues between $50k-$250k. Check out the program details and highlights of the latest cohort in San Diego here.

Deadline to Apply:  1/12/2018
Workshop Dates:    1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28
Workshop Times:    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pitch Competition:   3/8/2018 (from 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
Location:                 Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St., Austin 78701
Tuition:                    $200* 
Questions:               Kim Folsom, kfolsom@f1stcp.com, 855-724-3873

*$100 scholarships available to companies led by women, minorities and veterans
January 17-18, 2018
Boots to Business Reboot
Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step entrepreneurship training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration through a public private partnership with the Institute of Veterans and Military Families, the Marcus Foundation and First Data Corporation. 

This course is open to Veterans of all eras (Servicemembers, including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.

The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. In addition, participants are introduced to SBA resources available to access start-up capital, technical assistance and contracting opportunities.

January 17-18, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm each day
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 South Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78704
Register Here
Deadline January 19, 2018 
January 24, 2018
Shark Tank
Happy New Year! Be on the lookout for some cool events in 2018! We're moving away from "how-to" sessions and toward "strategy" sessions that help small business owners plan for growth, increase efficiency and make more money! More details coming!

Donna Taylor
Public Relations & Training Development 
1555 University Blvd., Suite 265, Round Rock, TX 78665
drt54@txstate.edu |  512-423-8450
Funded in part through the State of Texas and a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Donna Taylor, 512-716-4800, Email:  sbdc@txstate.edu .      
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