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Bookkeeping Basics, Part 1: How to Set Up and Manage Accounts Payable

Wed, 2013-08-21 09:30

If you’re running a business, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an independent contractor or a growing company, managing accounts payable is a key part of your everyday business administration.
Simply put, accounts payable is the process of tracking money owed by your business to suppliers. As a new business owner or sole proprietor, this can be done with a simple spreadsheet. But as your business grows, so does the complexity of your accounts payable process.

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Commerce Agencies Participate in Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Tue, 2013-08-20 13:48

President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, chaired by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, released a rebuilding strategy to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild.  The Commerce Department made significant contributions to the Rebuilding Strategy containing 69 policy recommendations that will help homeowners stay in and repair their homes, strengthen small businesses and revitalize local economies and ensure entire communities are better able

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Referrals: The Fast and Easy Way to Market Your Business

Tue, 2013-08-20 03:46

If you’re like most busy small business owners, you’re always looking for fast and easy ways to market your business and get new customers. One of the fastest and easiest is right under your nose: Your existing, satisfied customers can be a great source of referrals to new business—provided you handle the referral process right.

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: Helping Communities Prepare for the Impacts of a Changing Climate

Mon, 2013-08-19 12:23

NOTE: This blog is by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and first appeared at on August 19, 2013.
From New Orleans to Cedar Rapids to Tuscaloosa to Minot – I have walked the streets and looked in the eyes of families whose lives have come crashing down around them under nature’s wrath.

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SBA & Cover Oregon Google+ Hangout: Is My Business Eligible for the Tax Credit Under the Affordable Care Act?

Fri, 2013-08-16 16:31

Not sure how the health care law may impact your business in Oregon? SBA and Cover Oregon are teaming up to bring you three Google+ Hangouts that will dive into specific topics of the Affordable Care Act like the Marketplace and the small business tax credit. In case you missed it, the first Hangout discussed what businesses need to know about the new Health Care Marketplace in Oregon, Cover Oregon.
The second Hangout on August 27 will cover what businesses need to know about the small business tax credit and eligibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act.  

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Fostering Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship

Fri, 2013-08-16 09:59

This week the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) welcomed dozens of representatives from Maryland businesses to learn
about collaboration and technology licensing opportunities at a “Green
Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Showcase.” The event was hosted by the
Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), an independent
organization that provides entrepreneurial business assistance and
seed funding for the development of startup companies in Maryland.

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Five Ways the Affordable Care Act Helps America’s Small Businesses

Thu, 2013-08-15 18:00

NOTE: This blog is by Ari Matusiak, special assistant to the President & director of private sector engagement and first appeared at on August 14, 2013.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and for the 28 million small employers across the country, healthcare is a major concern. The Affordable Care Act provides benefits and opportunities to small businesses that will help increase access to affordable coverage options.
Here are five key ways the Affordable Care Act can benefit small employers and their workers:

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Investing in Our Economic Future: SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

Thu, 2013-08-15 12:28

Guest post by Mara Lee, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the International Trade Administration. Cross post from, the official blog of the International Trade AdministrationYou don’t have to look far to find something in your life that is produced by an international company operating in the United States. It might be the dishwasher in your kitchen, the brake pads on your car, or the elevator in your apartment building.You also won’t have to look far to find jobs supported by foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $2.5 Million in Investments to Strengthen Innovation and Economic Growth Initiatives

Thu, 2013-08-15 11:58

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the winners of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2013 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. EDA is providing a total of $2.5 million in grants to 19 colleges and universities in 10 states to run five-year programs that will leverage university assets to promote American innovation and strengthen regional economies.

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How To Increase Your Credit Score

Wed, 2013-08-14 18:37

Are low credit scores (FICO® Scores) holding you back from getting the credit you need?
What would an extra 20, 30, 50 or even 100+ points more do for your credit scores?
If you are looking to learn how to increase your credit score, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you are trying to obtain a credit card, buy or lease a new car, purchase a home or simply raise your scores, I’m going to share with you a simple yet powerful way to do just that.
Did you know 30% of your credit scores (FICO® scores) is impacted by your debt to credit utilization?

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