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Thu, 2012-03-01 08:55

 
Before you write out a check for $30,000 (the average amount of the upfront franchise fee), it’s important to ask lots of questions.
Some are questions that you can only ask yourself; they’re the ones that have to do with courage. I really can’t help you with those.
But, I can help you learn which ones you need to ask the franchisees when you’re calling them to learn more about the opportunity.
 
The Five 
 

Wed, 2012-02-29 17:20

Earlier this month, the White House Business Council and SBA held an Urban Economic Forum in New York City to help small businesses create an economy built to last. The Urban Economic Forum is a multi-city series designed to connect urban entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national resources and networks they need to start, grow and create jobs.  The next city we are hitting up is Birmingham, Alabama on March 5.

Wed, 2012-02-29 09:10

So you want to go into business with someone. Good for you. Maybe your potential partner is a family member, long-time friend, investor or business associate. Whatever the relationship, the start of a partnership is much like the beginning of a romantic relationship. The parties are euphoric and it may seem as though nothing could go amiss. Time for a strong dose of reality.  

Wed, 2012-02-29 08:53

Written by Caron Beesley
Changing a business name is a costly and disruptive process, especially for established businesses. You can’t just start calling it something different. Print and online marketing materials and bank accounts will have to change, websites adjusted, domain names registered, email addresses updated, and so on. 
This is all assuming your chosen new name is even available!
So before you take the leap, familiarize yourself with these steps. Most of them are required by law, but others are simply good business practice.
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Tue, 2012-02-28 16:25

Meeting follows establishment of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center through Presidential

Tue, 2012-02-28 13:00

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which
highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
president's vision of an America Built to Last.As a
native Washingtonian, and having earned a B.A in Psychology from Hampton
Institute and a Master of Public Administration from Howard University, I knew
early on that I wanted my life work to center around individual and
organizational success. To this end, I decided to dedicate my career to public
service. Over twenty years of my career

Mon, 2012-02-27 15:21

Made in America is hot.  More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since the start of 2010 and there are currently about 229,000 job openings in the manufacturing sector, according to data from the Labor Department.
America’s small manufacturers are a critical part of that.  According to BLS and Census data, 98 percent of America’s manufacturing firms are small.  More than one in three Americans who work in manufacturing, work at a small business.  

Mon, 2012-02-27 11:30

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which
highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
president's vision of an America Built to Last.I am a native of Washington, DC and had the benefit of
growing up in a home with loving parents who stressed family, integrity,
achievement, service, and education.The values I learned at home were
reinforced by those I was taught by the Jesuits at Gonzaga High School.  This strong foundation led me to receive

Mon, 2012-02-27 09:30

Guest blog post by Francisco
J. Sánchez, Under Secretary for International Trade, International Trade Administration

There
are amazing opportunities available to U.S. businesses in India.

That’s
one of the main takeaways of my successful week-long trade mission focusing on Indian
port infrastructure. Case in point: the two-way trade
between India and the U.S. grew to $58 billion in 2011, and this upward trend
is expected to continue in 2012.

Mon, 2012-02-27 07:41

Written by Caron Beesley
 
Did you start a home-based business in 2011? Confused about what home office costs you can deduct when you file your tax return for 2011?
The IRS home office deduction gives many small business owners a tax advantage allowing them to write-off certain home costs. However, it’s important to understand the rules of the road so that you don’t raise red flags with the tax authorities.
The following tips will help you assess whether you are eligible to claim the deduction, what it covers, and how to go about it.

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