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Meet Angelique Adjutant, Public Affairs Specialist in Puerto Rico and USVI District Office

Tue, 2013-03-05 13:57

When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
I say that I am responsible for reinforcing SBA’s presence in the community, so that others may realize their dreams of financial independence, of starting a business of their own, of creating jobs and providing for thousands of families. The SBA has the most extraordinary mission – one I will always support.
What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?

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How to Take Advantage of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

Tue, 2013-03-05 12:19

As the tax filing deadline approaches, we know that many small business owners are looking for ways to save money as they prepare to file their tax returns.  Although the Affordable Care Act does not require that businesses provide health insurance, it does offer tax credits for eligible small businesses that choose to provide insurance to their employees for the first time, or maintain the coverage they already have.
Does My Business Qualify for the Health Care Tax Credit?

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Prepare for Severe Weather, Urge NOAA and FEMA

Mon, 2013-03-04 15:45

Be a Force of Nature: Know your risk, take action, be an exampleNOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered again this year for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Severe weather is far more common than most realize. The five most dangerous severe weather hazards -- tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and winter storms, can be powerful and damaging. While spring is considered the height of season, severe weather occurs in every month of the year and in all 50 states.

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Buying a Small Business Overseas – 5 Tips for a Smooth Transaction

Mon, 2013-03-04 07:42

Interested in buying a business overseas? Whether you’re looking to expand into new markets or are just planning on funding your retirement plans outside the U.S., there are a number of steps you should take to ensure your new venture goes smoothly. Everything from business practices; legal and regulatory requirements; navigating an international sale deal; and language and cultural differences will come into play.  
Here are some considerations and issues to bear in mind as you go about buying a business in a foreign country.

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How to Move Up and Become Part of the Supply Chain to Larger Companies

Thu, 2013-02-28 09:59

Looking for ways to become a supplier to a larger company?
A recent study showed that after a small supplier lands a big purchase order or a contract from a bigger company, the small company’s revenues go up 250 percent and they create about 150 percent more jobs in just two or three years. This is a great opportunity both for small business and for the economy.
But how can a small business go about landing a contract to be part of this lucrative business growth opportunity? Here are some tips, tools and resources that can help you get there.

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What’s a Small Business for Tax Rules?

Thu, 2013-02-28 07:55

The SBA uses a number of definitions for “small business,” depending on the industry. So, too, does the tax law, which has various definitions of “small business” for different tax breaks. These definitions are based on employees, revenues, expenditures and assets. Confusing? You bet! Here’s a list to help you.
Employee-based definitions

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7 Quick Tips for Better Business Communications

Wed, 2013-02-27 12:07

It used to be that most of the business world understood that simple, clear business writing was a powerful skill. We needed to communicate, explain and convince people in memos, proposals, plans and reports. Simple sentences worked better. Clear and concise worked better.

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Sole Proprietorship—Is this Popular Business Structure Right for You?

Wed, 2013-02-27 11:16

If you’re starting a business, you may be wondering how to legally structure it. Should you incorporate, become an LLC, or operate as a sole proprietor?
Over 70 percent of U.S. businesses are owned and operated by sole proprietors or sole traders.
But what does being a sole proprietor involve and is it the right structure for your small business? Here’s what you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of being a sole proprietor.
What is a Sole Proprietor?

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New Data Shows 29 States Hit Record Export Levels In 2012

Tue, 2013-02-26 11:00

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today announced new state export data that shows 29 states set new records for export sales in 2012. In total, 35 states achieved merchandise export growth in 2012, and 20 of those states experienced growth of at least five percent or more.Total merchandise exports from all 50 states helped contribute to the record-setting value of goods and services exports in 2012, which reached $2.2 trillion. Nationally, jobs supported by exports increased to 9.8 million in 2012, up 1.3 million since 2009.

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