Monthly Web Chat


Previous VOICE Topics

Welcome to SBAs Small Business VOICE online chat discussion archive featuring highly topical questions from you, the small business person, and responses from experts on a variety of exciting small business issues.

"Preparing for Disaster"
Host: Diana McClure, Institute for Business & Home Safety
Thursday, July 10, 2008

"How to Do Business with the Federal Government"
Host: Fay Ott, Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration
Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Managing Business Credit"
Host: Ellen Thrasher, SBA’s Director of Business & Community Initiatives, and Michael McGeehan, Government Customer Manager with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B)
Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Year-end Tax Savings for Your Small Business"
Host: Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, Vice President of Taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Thursday, December 20, 2007

"Regulatory Fairness and Your Small Business"
Host: Nicholas Owens, SBA's National Ombudsman
Thursday, October 18, 2007

"International Trade and Your Small Business"
Host: Richard Ginsburg, Acting Deputy Director, SBA's Office of International Trade.
Thursday, August 2, 2007

"Youth Entrepreneurship"
Host: Arthur Woods, young entrepreneur and CEO of Mission Three (M3), a new company on college campuses throughout Washington, D.C., in the early stages of serving corporate customers in the District of Columbia, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.
Thursday, June 28, 2007

"Disaster Readiness for Small Business Owners"
Host: Madelyn H. Flannagan, Vice President of Education and Research, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc., and Rick Jenkins, SBA's Disaster Field Office Communications Manager
Thursday, May 24, 2007

"Ask the SBA"
Host: Steven C. Preston,SBA Administrator
Monday, April 30, 2007

"Regulatory Fairness and Your Small Business"
Host: Nicholas Owens, National Ombudsman, SBA's Office of the National Ombudsman
Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Entrepreneurship: The Essentials for Starting an Online Virtual Business"
Host: Victoria M. Parham, President and CTO Virtual Support Services, and SCORE Business Counselor
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Year-End Tax Planning for Small Business Owners"
Host: Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, vice president of Taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Thursday, December 14, 2006

"Veteran's Business Development"
Host: William D. Elmore, Associate Administrator of SBA's Veterans Business Development.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"How Can Help You Stay in Compliance with Federal Regulations"
Host: Nancy B. Sternberg, Program Manager
Thursday, October 14, 2006

"Entrepreneurship: The Essentials for Starting a Small Busines"
Host: Warren Brown, winner of the SBA’s 2006 Small Business Person of the Year for the Washington, D.C. area, owner of CakeLove Bakery and Love Café, and host of the Food Network’s Sugar Rush.
Thursday, September 14, 2006


"How Minority Entrepreneurs Can Develop their Small Business"
Host: Anthony R. Martoccia, SBA’s Associate Deputy Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development, and Ronald N. Langston, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA )
Thursday, August 17, 2006


"Insuring Your Home & Business Before Disaster Strikes"
Host: Loretta Worters, vice president of Communications for the Insurance Information Institute
Thursday, June 29, 2006


"Disaster Preparedness"
Host: Lori Adamo, president and founder of Code Red Business Continuity Services, LLC
Thursday, May 25, 2006

"Business Growth for Women Entrepreneurs"
Host: Wilma Goldstein, Assistant Administrator for SBA's Women's Business Ownership
Thursday, March 23, 2006


SBA Financing for Your Small Business
Host: Joseph P. Loddo, District Director, SBA's Washington Metropolitan Area District Office
Thursday, February 23, 2006

Do You Know How to Start a Small Business?
Host: Cheryl A. Mills, SBA's Associate Deputy Administrator of Entrepreneurial Development
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Tax Planning & Preparation for Small Businesses
Host: Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, vice president of Taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Thursday, December 22, 2005


Veteran’s Business Development
Host: Jessica Salinas, director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center at the University of Texas-Pan American and Mark Llano, a Veteran business owner discussed the topic of Veteran’s Business Development.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

SBA Disaster Loan Program
Host: SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto and Herb Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance, discussed the SBA's Disaster Loan Program for small business owners recently affected by disaster events.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Disaster Preparedness for Your Small Business
Host: Diana McClure, Assistant Vice President, Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and Becky Brantley, Disaster External Affairs Liaison for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Thursday, September 29, 2005


Health Care and Your Small Business
Host: Karen Kerrigan, founder of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and J.P. Wieske, Director of State Affairs for the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) discussed health care and small businesses.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Entrepreneurship: Innovative Strategies for Small Business Growth
Host: Scott Plank of Under Armour Performance Apparel answered questions regarding small business strategies.

Thursday, July 21, 2005