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Navajo small business owner emphasizes the importance of clean energy transitions for small businesses

When Terry Norris left the Marine Corps, he needed a part-time job. He soon found one at a calibration lab working with the government on aerospace initiatives. On his first day there, he met his now wife. Just a few months later, they opened their own calibration lab in Palmdale, California. 27 years and 17 employees later, Precision Labs Calibration serves a variety of customer bases, including the medical, aerospace, agricultural and film industries. 

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Small Business Majority and business organizations submit comments to U.S. Treasury Department regarding SSBCI funding

Today, Small Business Majority and 42 other business organizations submitted recommendations to the U.S. Department of Treasury concerning the distribution of funding for Technical Assistance (TA) programs and activities that support small business ecosystems.

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Celebrating Hispanic Entrepreneurship Twitter Chat Recap

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we co-hosted a Twitter chat with Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), Support Latino Businesses and America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) to share opportunities and challenges facing Hispanic and Latino small business owners. 

Below is a brief recap of the questions and a sample of the great tips and information shared during the chat. 

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Small Businesses and Business Organizations add their name in support of the Inflation Reduction Act

Today, hundreds of small business owners and business organizations added their names to a letter urging Congress to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The letter outlines how small businesses stand to benefit from the legislation, namely by improving access to healthcare, increasing tax enforcement on large corporations, and making meaningful climate change investments.

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Rural Entrepreneurs

: Rural Entrepreneurs

While the perception among many Americans might be that rural economies rely on farming, agriculture is not the top industry in rural America. In fact, only 1 in 10 workers are employed within the rural economy (agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, and mining). Rural communities are diverse and vibrant communities that are supported heavily by small businesses.

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Women Entrepreneurs

: Women Entrepreneurs

Women small business owners have become the drivers of new businesses and job creation over the past two and a half decades. When the U.S. Census Bureau first reported on the state of women-owned businesses in 1976 there were roughly 400,000 women-owned firms.

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Entrepreneurs of Color

: Entrepreneurs of Color

The contributions of small business owners of color to our local and national economies cannot be understated. Entrepreneurs of color operate more than 8 million businesses, generate $1.4 trillion in revenue, and employ more than 7 million people. Between 2007 and 2017, businesses owned by people of color grew 10 times faster than the overall growth rate for U.S.

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Association for Enterprise Opportunity

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is a national membership organization and voice of microbusiness development in the United States. For nearly two decades, AEO and its hundreds of member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities through business ownership.

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the only national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of LGBT business community. With more than 370 certified businesses and growing, over 130 corporate partners, and 51 local, state, and international affiliate chambers, NGLCC is the largest LGBT business development and economic advocacy organization in the world.

National Cybersecurity Society

The National Cybersecurity Society (NCSS) is committed to improving the online safety and security of the small business community through education, awareness, and advocacy. The organization’s goal is to enable and empower small businesses to obtain cybersecurity services; assist them in understanding their cyber risk; and advise on the type of protection needed. 

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