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Cyber CYA!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center, the
City of Aurora's IT Department and the Aurora Chamber present:
Cyber CYA!  (Cover Your Assets)

WHAT: The Colorado SBDC TechSource and Cyber Security program features topics to assist small- and medium-sized businesses with their technology needs.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31st | 12:45-5:45 PM | FREE (registration required)

WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. | Aurora Conference Room (1st floor)

Session 1: Cyber Security Simplified: What Your Small Business Needs to Know
Rodney Gullate Jr., Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified IT Professional, Owner of Firma IT Solutions and Services (bio)

You may think cyber-attacks only happen to the corporate giants. But as a small business owner, you are actually more at risk than all of them!  Understand how your small business may be at risk and what you can do to protect your customers and your assets.

Session 2: Protecting Your Business and Customers
Jennifer Kurtz, Owner of Conundrum Consulting; Author, “Hacking Wireless Access Points:  Cracking, Tracking and Signal Jacking”, and Cyber Program Director for Manufacurer's Edge (bio)

The good news is that protecting your data does not have to be complicated or expensive. Learn how to protect your customers, your business and employee data inexpensively.

Session 3: Speed Consulting with presenters (refreshments will be served)

There is no charge, but pre-registration is required.  Register here...

Download the announcement as a PDF here...

         

AdWords Marketing Campaign 101?

Friday, July 06, 2018

From Elegant themes
Found this article to be both relevant and useful:
If you want to promote your website, online ads are one of the best ways to do it. With 
AdWords, you can reach one of the world’s largest audiences, as long as you have the budget. The only problem is, budgeting for AdWords costs can be complicated if you don’t know how much you should expect to pay.

Luckily, there is a lot of AdWords data available to the public. Plus, you can set up an AdWords account and test it without spending a dollar. Today, we’re going to talk about how AdWords calculates prices, how much clicks and impressions cost, and how to budget accordingly.

Let’s talk numbers! Link to blog posting

 

How To Use LinkedIn to Reach Key People

Monday, July 02, 2018

I thought this article was important and useful .

Here's the 1st of several useful suggestions.

Take these all-important steps to up your success rate in finding decision-makers on the leading business social media site.

1. Complete Your Profile 
Before initiating any interaction with decision-makers, make sure you’re making a good impression with your profile. Those you request to connect with, even before you actively engage with them, will check your profile first to make sure you’re worth your salt. Have a professional headshot and cover photo, current title, professional summary and much more (see sidebar). Make sure it’s clear and up-to-date and everything is spelled correctly.

Disaster Recovery Booklet

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

     

The drought in Elbert County that began this April prompted the SBA to offer eligible small nonfarm businesses in Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert and Lincoln counties low interest federal disaster loans.  See previous blog.

Prepare, Respond, RecoverObtain a "Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for Colorado Businesses" produced by the Colorado SBDC under the Disaster Relief Program.  It includes helpful assessment, action and financial projection worksheets.  Just call or drop by the Aurora-South Metro SBDC (Aurora office -- 303-326-8686).

Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Disaster Field Operations Center West

Release Date:  June 12, 2018

Contact:  Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500

Release Number:  CO 15561-01

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 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert and Lincoln counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in Elbert County that began April 10, 2018.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.58 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on June 5, 2018.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Service Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Feb. 5, 2019.

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 About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.