SBA to offer Webinar Series promoting National Entreprenuership Week

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the 7th annual National Entrepreneurship Week to take place next week from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23.

The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative finance option to start and grow their businesses, the SBA said in a press release.

All webinars will take place daily at 2 p.m. (CST)

Webinar topics and presenters will be:

Jay Goth, Business Consultant
TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Topic: Crowdfunding – Pros and Cons
Tuesday, Feb. 19

Kevin Lehman, CEO and Co-Founder
Three Revolutions
Topic: Crowdfunding Innovation
Wednesday, Feb. 20

Ryan Finch, General Manager
Raleigh City Farm
Topic:  Kickstarting an Urban Farm
Thursday, Feb. 21

INSTRUCTIONS

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2.  Enter your AT&T Access Code – 4259370 (press the # key)

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2.  Enter “Meeting Number” 1-888-858-2144
3.  Enter “Access Code” 4259370
4.  Enter “Email Address, First and Last name”
5.  Click Submit
6.  Click Participant
7.  Click Participant Application (Recommended)
8.  Click “Enter” Event
9.  Click Dial-In/Already Connected by Phone
(Close the Telephone Connection Instructions pop-up box)

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Note: The phone number is the “meeting number” when logging in to https://www.connectmeeting.att.com.

A separate telephone line is needed for the conference call-in portion.

For assistance with AT&T Connect Web Conference Service, contact AT&T Connect Customer Care at 1-888-796-6118.

For more information about the National Entreprenuership Week, visit http://www.entre-week.org/.

 

USDA-FSA free webinars on Hispanic and women farmer and rancher claims process

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To explain the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hispanic and women farmer and rancher settlement claims process as well as the current Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan programs, the USDA Farm Service is hosting a free webinar scheduled for Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. CDT.

According to a press release, on Feb. 25, 2011, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Tony West announced a process created to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert they faced discrimination when seeking USDA farm loans during certain periods between years 1981 and 2000. The optional claims process offers a streamlined alternative to litigation and provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers, said the release.

“I encourage producers who want more information about the claims process or about FSA farm loan programs to register for one of these webinars,” said USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Juan M. Garcia in a news release.

The webinars are free and open to the first 100 participants who register. Other seminars are scheduled for July 28 and Aug. 11. The first webinar on the topic took place June 30.

For more information, call Eddie Trevino, farm loan chief in the Texas State FSA Office at 979-680-5221 or Eddie.Trevino@tx.usda.gov. Webinar information is listed at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/tx_hwwebinar_2011.pdf