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

HUB Expo: The Mother Lode of Networking Opportunities
Regional Economic Development Roundtable
Deadline for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance
SCORE-FundBox Small Business Accelerator
Marketing Provider Directory
Holiday Marketing Webinars
HUB Expo on Oct. 24th will Draw 400+ Attendees
HUB Expo
Time has run out to register for the HUB Expo luncheon and the accompanying "Successful HUB Businesses" panel; however, it's not too late to attend the exhibit hall and valuable workshops!  Y ou can register on-site for free; however, the free registration does not include access to the luncheon.

We encourage you to join us in Austin on Oct. 24 for the HUB Expo, the premier event for HUB businesses to learn about procurement opportunities through the state of Texas.  Expo workshops offer tips for businesses pursuing state contracts. Networking opportunities with state procurement personnel help attendees build valuable relationships that will start them on the path to becoming "best value" state vendors.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Renaissance Hotel
9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin, TX 78759
No cost to attend workshops or Exhibit Hall
Register Here  
Closing the Gap Between Owner & Traditional Financing
Join us for an in-depth discussion of financial tools that you've probably heard about but haven't taken advantage of, including:  New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), Historic Tax Credits (HTC), Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and Small Business Capitalization. Case studies will demonstrate how these tools can be used for disaster recovery, business start-ups, business expansions and community and commercial real estate projects. 

Who should attend?
Economic Development professionals
Civic Leaders / Philanthropists
Real Estate Developers
Business owners preparing for expansion or recovering from disaster

No cost to attend - however  space is limited

November 15, 2017
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Texas State University Round Rock Campus
Avery Building - Teaching Theatre, Room 252
1555 University Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
Free Parking. Boxed lunches will be provided.
Register here
NMTC Sponsors
Disaster Recovery
Tomorrow (October 24th) is the deadline to apply for an SBA disaster loan for impact that resulted in physical damage. You have until May 25, 2018 to apply for economic injury. What does this mean? If your sales declined as a result of Hurricane Harvey, you have experienced economic injury and may qualify for a working capital loan. 

SBDC Business Advisor Bill Thompson will be in La Grange tomorrow meeting with business owners. To schedule an appointment please contact Connor Pieratt at the City of La Grange, 979-968-8701 or cpieratt@cityoflg.com

Visit our Disaster Recovery  page to get  contact information, recent disaster updates and answers to your questions . Ready to meet with an SBDC advisor? There's absolutely no cost involved. Just complete a short intake form  on our website and we'll get an SBDC advisor assigned to your case. Questions? Email me at donna_taylor@txstate.edu .
The SCORE Austin / Fundbox accelerator is designed to provide you with effective strategies for growing your business. The program features leading small business experts on digital marketing, customer acquisition, access to funding, employee recruitment and training.

November 9, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
West Pickle Research Campus at UT
3925 W. Braker Lane
Austin, Texas, 78758
Register Here
Our friends at the nonprofit "Local Search Association" put together a nice little Marketing Vendor Directory that we think you may find helpful. The directory lists agencies and companies that can help small businesses with their digital marketing. Questions? Contact Becky Harris at Becky@theLSA.org
Making the Most Out of Your 2017 Holiday Season
Holiday Marketing
It's that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us, which means more customer requests, longer business hours and producing a holiday marketing strategy that will help you stand out from the crowd using the right message. This webinar will focus on managing and planning for the holiday marketing season. You'll learn how to compete for your audiences' attention and how to maximize your time for the biggest return on investment. We'll also cover: 
  • What types of holiday promotions and messages you should include in your marketing plan 
  • How to produce a holiday message that connects with your audience 
  • How other businesses or organizations like yours have produced effective holiday messages 
  • ...and more! 
Webinars on Friday, November 3 rd  @ Noon & Thursday, November 9th @ Noon 
Register Here
I'll be manning the booth at the HUB Expo tomorrow with my colleague, Orlando Colmenero. This is an incredible opportunity for contractors and vendors to network with HUB coordinators from many state agencies and prime contractors who are looking for subs and vendors. Hope to see you there!

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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