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Are Your Employees Working Overtime During the Holidays? Understand Overtime Wage Law

Wed, 2012-12-05 07:38

The holidays tend to complicate small business payrolls, what with employees looking to earn a little extra cash and owners needing coverage for extended hours or shifts. But not all employers must pay overtime and not all employees are eligible. Confused? Here’s what you need to know about your obligations as a business owner when it comes to overtime pay.
When is Overtime Due?

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Presidential Proclamation -- Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012

Mon, 2012-12-03 17:30

This week the Minority Business Development Agency will be hosting the 30th Anniversary National Minority Enterprise Development Week and on Friday, November 30, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation about Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012.

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Presidential Proclamation—Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012

Mon, 2012-12-03 17:30

This week the Minority Business Development Agency will be hosting the 30th Anniversary National Minority Enterprise Development Week and on Friday, November 30, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation about Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012.

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12 Last-Minute, Low-Cost Holiday Marketing Tips for Your Small Business

Mon, 2012-12-03 07:39

The holiday season is crunch time for all of us – whether you’ve got gifts to buy or gifts to sell.
If you’re a small business owner facing the busy holiday shopping and dining days ahead, here are some last-minute tips to help you maximize your holiday sales.
Fine Tune your Holiday Online Campaign
‘Tis the season of countless email offers, but there are still last-minute steps you can take to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few tips for an effective “holiday countdown” online marketing campaign:

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Expanding access to new markets in Sub-Saharan Africa for American businesses

Fri, 2012-11-30 16:30

Guest
blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca
Blank

During the last week I’ve been in South and East Africa to
advance key elements of President Obama’s “Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa,”
focusing on the promotion of economic
growth, trade and investment in the continent.

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In Praise of the Lean Business Plan

Fri, 2012-11-30 12:10

Confession: I wish I’d come up with the term lean startup. I love the term and, for that matter, the idea behind it. Credit for that goes to Eric Ries, author of the book The Lean Startup, and Steve Blank, blogger, entrepreneur, and sometimes professor (at Stanford and Berkeley both, no less, which I guess is also a feat) who’s adapted it and popularized it along with Eric.  If you’re curious, here is the Wikipedia definition:

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Sandy Update 3: Top Five Reasons You're Eligible to Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance

Thu, 2012-11-29 13:26

A month after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, homeowners, renters and businesses are dealing with the challenging task of rebuilding their homes, businesses and communities.

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NOAA: Busy 2012 Hurricane Season Continues Decades-long High Activity Era in the Atlantic

Thu, 2012-11-29 12:30

Four U.S. land-falling storms include devastating Sandy and IsaacNovember 30 marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three. Based on the combined number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, NOAA classifies the season as above-normal.

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Heroes on the Homefront: New Report Highlights Our Veterans' Contributions as Job Creators

Thu, 2012-11-29 11:48

 
I’m excited to announce the release of a report by the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development called “Heroes on the Homefront: Supporting Veteran Success as Small Business Owners.”  This is the second report of its kind where task force members from seven agencies have come together to collaborate on small business issues that are unique to Veteran business owners.

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