SBA Certifications: 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSB Informational Webinar


During this informational webinar, we review three of the certification programs within Federal contracting – the Woman-Owned Small Business Set-Aside Program, the HUBZone Program, and the 8(a) Business Development Program. For all three programs, we discuss the eligibility criteria; the programmatic benefits for participants; and the process to pursue the certification.

8(a) Business Development Program is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market.

  • Participants in the 8(a) business development program can receive sole source contracts up to $4 million for goods and services and $7 million for manufacturing.
  • The federal government has a goal of awarding 5% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to 8(a) firms.

SBA’s HUBZone Program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

  • 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities.
  • The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns.

SBA’s WOSB Program is designed to help more women owned small businesses to win federal contracts by providing a level playing field for WOSBs to compete.

  • The federal government has a goal of awarding 5% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to WOSB firms.
  • The program is a self-certification program through SAM.

Pre-registration is required.

Webinar login instructions will be sent to all registrants 48 hours prior to the webinar.

Contact: Sandra Anguiano, 714.560.7446,

Have questions about SBA Small Business Certifications: 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSB Informational Webinar? Contact SBA Orange County/Inland Empire District Office

How To Start A Business For Beginners

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Got a great business idea but don’t have the skills and knowledge to put it into action? You’re in the right place.
How To Start A Business For Beginners is a two-hour session where budding entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting a business or becoming self-employed can gather general information around what they need to think about before they actually start.

When starting out, it is also important to understand the MISTAKES TO AVOID. This workshop will also be highlighting some of the reasons why other businesses have failed.


1. What it means to be an entrepreneur

How to link your strengths to your business

2. Planning and Research

Where to go for help, research, and information

What type of business would suit your company formation and why i.e.: sole trader, partnership and limited company etc.

Basic information regarding tax payable and VAT

3. Marketing your business

Demographics and channels available to your business to maximise exposure

4. Location and logistics

What aspects do you need to consider

5. Business Plans

What to include to give your business the best chance of success.

6. Cash flow forecasts

How to develop your cashflow the lifeblood of your business

7. Financing your business

Where can you access financing, but crucially is that the right option for you.

If you are starting a business or thinking of getting started this is the ideal workshop for you. Please book a slot as places are limited.

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CPD requirements workshop

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CPD requirements workshops

In this regulatory year of 2022 – 2023 the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements remain the same. Social workers must record a minimum of 2 pieces of CPD per registration year. At least one piece of CPD you record should include a peer reflection. This is a requirement of your registration as a social worker.

Hosted by the regional engagement leads, these this workshops throughout the year offers an overview of CPD, the changes to the ongoing requirements and how to meet them and maintain your registration requirements for this registration year. The deadline to record CPD and apply to renew your registration is 30 November 2023.

Join us to find out more about Social Work England, the CPD requirements and to contribute to a discussion about peer reflection.

This session will be held on Microsoft Teams. You will receive the link to join the event 2 hours before the session.

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Please note that CPD workshops that you attend may be recorded and shared online after the event. We may also use photos and screenshots from the event to be used both internally and externally for learning, marketing and promotional reasons.

Write Night

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Join me for a free evening of writing in community!

1st Tuesday of the month from 7-8pm CST

Write Night is the perfect place to:
  • Develop a regular writing practice
  • Work on that revision you just can’t seem to find time to do on your own
  • Carve out space to journal and reflect
  • Send work to a publisher
  • …or whatever other writing-related project is calling you!
What to expect:
  • We’ll do a brief check-in, then dive into two twenty-minute writing sessions with a five-minute break in between.
  • Bring your own project to work on or write from the prompts that I’ll provide.
  • At the end of the hour, we’ll do a brief check-out to say how the time went.
About me:

I help writers who want to grow the seeds of rough drafts into finished works of art and are tired of the inner critic getting in the way. I believe that in order to find our most authentic voice and help our writing become its best self, we need a mixture of craft and compassion.

I bring a contemplative lens to my teaching and one-on-one mentoring, drawn from nearly twenty years of meditation experience and a lifetime of creative writing.

Whether you need support revising a single piece, completing a manuscript, or just getting words on the page, I create a compassionate structure that helps you practice kindness toward yourself while giving you the practical tools you need to make your writing shine.

In my classes, I create a welcoming, compassionate community that fosters student engagement, growth, and connection. You can expect to learn craft tools, generate fresh new work, and engage in the ongoing practice of making friends with your mind.

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Buying Your Own Home in Eindhoven (Webinar)

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With rental prices being high, and the home becoming more important than ever, now is a great time to consider buying your new home in Eindhoven. With this is mind, what else would you need to consider when buying your own home?

At the ‘Buying Your Own Home’ webinar we will share with you all you need to know about the process of purchasing a home. We will be discussing all aspects of the process, from the initial search and what to look out for when inspecting your property, through to acquiring a mortgage and finalising the purchase.

Topics Covered

  • The advantages of buying vs. renting
  • The process of buying a home
  • Key players you’ll meet during the process
  • Other Important things to know
  • Timeline and costs

After the presentation which will take around 30-45 minutes there will be plenty of time for Q&A to help you with your questions. We look forward to hosting you online!

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SBA Veteran Small Business Resource Brief

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This brief goes over the different resources and resource partners the SBA provides for active duty, reservists, and all era veterans and the family members.

Veteran owned firms represent a unique force within the American economy. Veterans own approximately 2.4 million small businesses, or 9 percent of all small firms in the U.S. In addition, some 200,000 veteran owned firms are owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

Veteran entrepreneurs play an incredibly important role in the U.S. economy, and therefore special programs have been created to assist veteran owned and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses start and grow.

Mental Health 101

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The brain is an organ in the body that sometimes malfunctions just like other organs such as the kidney or the heart. This class is an intro to mental health. Recovery is possible and often people do not understand this. We will talk about various forms of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addiction and when someone should seek help. This class will help decrease apprehension about reaching out to help others or getting help yourself. This class will also share information on resources available here in the community.

Optimizing for Search Engines – Understanding SEO Basics

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Often you will hear about needing to optimize for search engines or SEO. But what is it, and how does it impact your digital presence? In this webinar, the Digital Service Squad will explain search engine optimization and the best tactics you as a business can use towards increasing your ranking in the search engine result pages.

What you will learn:

  • What is SEO?
  • Importance of keywords
  • Copywriting for SEO
  • On-page tactics
  • Off-page tactics
  • Technical SEO
  • Auditing your website for search engines

Join us to learn why you should consider e-commerce for your business and how you can easily get started.


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Supporting Children with PANS and PANDAS in Educational Settings

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About this event:

Overnight, children with PANS and PANDAS can go from being happy, healthy and well-adjusted to being desperately ill.

As a result of these conditions, children can change rapidly from thriving in schools to developing severe and complex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Aims of this training session

  • Raising awareness and knowledge about the conditions
  • To consider how affected children may present in schools
  • To explore appropriate forms of educational support

Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

Learn the right way to grow healthy, nutritious vegetables while conserving water at the same time. This webinar will cover techniques to be as water efficient as possible when installing and maintaining a vegetable garden.

Taught by: Conservation Garden Park Staff

A link for the Webex webinar will be provided via email.

Registration is required for admittance to this webinar and to receive the link.