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Subsídio de Projeto Comunitário

PROGRAMA PILOTO DE NAVEGADOR COMUNITÁRIO (CNPP)

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Utilizando um modelo “hub and spoke” da programação federal de saúde pública, o Programa Piloto Community Navigator da SBA ajudará a nivelar o campo de atuação das pequenas empresas da área de Brockton, especialmente nossas mulheres carentes, pessoas de cor, veteranos e comunidades de baixa renda.Os “hubs” da Associação Cabo-verdiana servirão como organizações líderes e centralizadas e incorporarão “spokes” para alavancar parcerias com organizações comunitárias profundamente confiáveis para ajudar as pequenas empresas a navegar nos recursos governamentais e explorar recursos críticos.

O programa estabeleceu uma abordagem de 3 níveis, como segue:

Nível 1

Representar organizações com presença nacional

As organizações suportam um mínimo de cinco áreas de serviço (não dentro do mesmo estado), contendo uma população superior a 500.000.

Nível 2

Organizações com alcance estadual e/ou regional

As organizações oferecem suporte a um estado, região, município ou cidade individual com população de serviço total maior ou igual a 500.000.

Nível 3

Foco em cidades ou áreas

As organizações apoiam uma região, município, cidade, comunidade tribal ou rural com população total de serviço inferior a 500.000.

 

 

O programa Greater Brockton Community Navigator é um Tier 3 e uma das únicas quatro organizações na Nova Inglaterra a fazer parte deste programa piloto. Também somos a única organização baseada na comunidade étnica. Esta é uma bolsa de dois anos!

 

Foi um processo competitivo com mais de 700 candidatos nos EUA. Fazemos parte dos 51 Community Navigators selecionados para dar cobertura em todo o país com o apoio dos nossos Spokes. Cada organização de hub suportará um mínimo de 5 spokes.

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Nossos raios

Nossas organizações Spoke são grupos locais confiáveis e culturalmente conhecedores que se conectarão a setores específicos da comunidade empreendedora para fornecer assistência em áreas de:

 

  • Assistência financeira e acesso ao capital

  • Contratação e compras

  • Marketing, operações, desenvolvimento de negócios e exportação

  • Treinamento específico do setor

O objetivo final de nossa parceria é ajudar a estabelecer uma pequena organização empresarial minoritária na área de Greater Brockton. Até o momento, trabalhamos com mais de 80 pequenas empresas minoritárias na grande comunidade de Brockton, com mais por vir. Também fomos abordados por empresas em Rhode Island e Connecticut.

O que é o Community Navigators através do SBA?

 

O Community Navigator Pilot Program é uma iniciativa do American Rescue Plan projetada para reduzir as barreiras que os empreendedores sub-representados e mal atendidos geralmente enfrentam no acesso aos programas de que precisam para se recuperar, crescer ou iniciar seus negócios. O programa fornecerá um total de US$ 100 milhões em financiamento a 51 organizações, entre as quais a Associação Cabo-verdiana, que trabalhará com centenas de grupos comunitários locais para melhorar o acesso à SBA e recursos governamentais para os empresários americanos.

 

Os projetos selecionados abrangerão diversas comunidades nos EUA e em Porto Rico. Os beneficiários servirão como “hubs” – organizações centralizadas e líderes, que incorporarão “spokes”, organizações que construíram confiança em suas comunidades locais e serão as 'botas no terreno' que conectarão pequenas empresas a recursos e assistência essenciais .

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  • Community Navigator Pilot Program Statement
    The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to ensuring that the nation’s small businesses receive the support they need to access federal relief programs that can help them weather the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This technical assistance is critical, as small businesses have been hit hard over the course of the last year, impacting at least 400,000 businesses. Previous rounds of economic relief last year helped millions of small businesses stay afloat and keep employees on the payroll, yet too many minority-owned businesses and mom and pops found themselves at the end of the line, while larger, well connected businesses accessed programs right away. To better reach these small businesses, SBA has launched the Community Navigator Pilot Program that will strengthen outreach to underserved businesses by partnering with organizations with deep roots in their communities.
  • What is SBA's Community Navigator Program?
    The program, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will use a community navigator approach to help small businesses, with a focus on those owned by veterans, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals - including in rural and urban communities. The program is comprised of a lead “Hub” at the center of a network of “Spoke” organizations that deploy community advocates to work with small businesses during economic recovery. Recovery services can include financial assistance, access to capital supports, contracting and procurement assistance, marketing, operations, and business development, export and importing, and industry specific training, among other areas of technical assistance to aid businesses in stabilization and expansion.
  • What is the genesis to the Hub and Spoke model?
    The Hub and Spoke model is a part of the Community Navigator model – meaning a community organization, community financial institution as defined in section 7(a)(36) (A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(36)(A), or other private nonprofit organization engaged in the execution of community navigator services – outreach, education and technical assistance provided by community navigators that target eligible businesses to increase awareness of, and participation in, programs of the SBA. • The Hub and Spoke model is intended to create a network of trusted community organizations that can leverage direct access to small businesses to help them navigate resources at all stages of their growth. • Hub – The lead organization and grantee that mobilizes grant management and a network of Spokes. • Spoke – The organization on the ground connecting to the small businesses and meeting them where they are.
  • Who will Navigators serve?
    While all small businesses are eligible, CNPP’s (Community Navigator Pilot Program) Notice of Funding Opportunity specifically acknowledged the following underserved and/or underrepresented segments: • Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Businesses • Alaska Native and Indigenous • Asian American • Black and African American • Hispanic and Latinx • Middle Eastern • Native American • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander • North African • Tribal Communities • Rural Entrepreneurs • Entrepreneurs with Disabilities • LGBTQ Entrepreneurs • Veterans and Military Entrepreneurs (including spouses) • Women Entrepreneurs • Innovative Startups • Micro Businesses • Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Businesses
  • How were the Community Navigators selected?
    Awardees were selected based on a rigorous review process. After an initial eligibility review, applications were scored by one of 20 regional Technical Evaluation Panels, each of which were led by a representative from the Office of Field Operations. geographies and service segments. Once this review phase was completed, the 2nd round of review included senior-level SBA personnel who further evaluated the packages. This selection criteria included not only the scores from the Technical Evaluation Panels but also geographic diversity and diversity of service segments.
  • How did SBA ensure an unbiased selection of awardees?
    The SBA implemented several measures to ensure that there would be an unbiased selection process. A team of SBA officials (the “Awards Panel”) looked at every step of this process with close detail and integrity. The Community Navigator Pilot Program execution team developed a detailed methodology and review process that was reviewed by the SBA Office of General Counsel and implemented to ensure fairness and equity. The Awards Panel also underwent an implicit bias training before its evaluation and selection process. During the Technical Evaluation Panels, we ensured that Field Office representatives on each panel did not review proposals within their own region.
  • What was the eligibility criteria?
    Among those eligible to apply for a Community Navigator Program grant were private nonprofit organizations, resource partners, states, tribes, and units of local government. For more details on eligibility to apply and how to apply, view here.
  • How many organizations applied for grants?
    We received 745 applications from 656 organizations. After removing duplicate applications and ineligible business types, 502 applications were reviewed and scored. Of these 502 applications, 51 were selected for funding.
  • How many Awardees are there and where are they located?
    There are 51 awardees broken into the following tiers: • Tier 1: 8 Awards (max $5M per award) • Tier 2: 11 Awards (max $2.5M per award) • Tier 3: 32 Awards (max $1M per award) Please visit www.sba.gov/navigators to view a list of Community Navigator Pilot grantees.
  • Interested a downloadable PDF on the program?
    There are 17 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions): To view all information about the program, please click here.
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