The Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) National Director David Hinson wrapped up a five-day trip to Brasilia and São Paulo, Brazil, on August 24. The trip provided an opportunity for Commerce’s MBDA to help push forward on the Obama administration’s National Export Initiative (NEI) by fostering greater access to emerging markets in Brazil for minority business enterprises. Helping the administration achieve its NEI goal of doubling exports by the end of 2014 is a top priority for MBDA, because more exports mean more jobs.Read More
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
I try to give them the three Cs explaining that the SBA provides assistance to small businesses through Counseling, Capital and Contracts. Most people get it.
What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?
I have the great privilege to meet with many amazing small business owners across the country. I get to hear their stories – stories about why they started a business, how their business improves their community, how business ownership has enriched their life, and often how SBA was an important resource to make it happen.
Thinking of buying a franchise? Do you understand the franchise business model and have you determined it’s a good fit for you?
Perhaps you’ve also explored potential franchises and think you’ve found a match. But how are you going to finance your venture? What can you afford? How much financing should you seek? Should you even be doing this?
To help you answer these questions, here are tips of the trade from franchising pro and fellow SBA.gov guest blogger, Joel Libava, a.k.a. The Franchise King®.
Should you Be Doing This?
Today, SBA welcomed Adam Becker, Clay Johnson and Jed Wood as part of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program which pairs innovators from the private sector, non-profits, or academia with innovators in government to collaborate on game-changing solutions.Read More
Guest blog post by Lisa Wolfisch, chief of the Web and Social Media
Branch, Center for New Media and Promotions
It has been three months since the release of the Federal
Digital Strategy. At the Census Bureau, we were already undergoing a digital
transformation and have continued to align our efforts with the strategy. It is part of the overall
transformation effort at the Census Bureau, which now provides for Internet
responses to 60 different surveys.
Not many 25-year-olds can boast that in their short lifetime they have helped thousands of organizations develop and maintain world-class operations, innovative management, efficient procedures, involved workforces and highly satisfied customers.Read More
Thinking of exporting your products or services? Want to expand your existing exporting business? The U.S. government can help.
The SBA, for example, is making it a priority to help small business owners develop or expand their exporting activities through initiatives such as its Export Loan Programs and free online informational videos.
Online buzz about social media for business owners seems to be moving from “Should I” to “How do I?” I’ve been working on this a lot lately as part of my work on planning, and I’ve developed this process for a specific social media plan for small business:Read More
Ever wondered if you can legally re-use or reproduce copy or content created by someone else? Whether you’re writing a blog, creating copy for your website, or using an image in your marketing materials – here are some tips to help understand what the law allows:
The Lowdown on Copyright