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New Guidance on Information Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act

Tue, 2013-09-10 15:24

Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, those employers that are subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions must report certain information regarding the health coverage they offer their full-time employees (known as Section 6056 reporting).  The law also requires information reporting by insurers, self-insuring employers, and other parties like governmental entities that provide health coverage to individuals (Section 6055 reporting).  These reporting provisions take effect on January 1, 2015, and the first reports are due to the Internal Revenue Service in early 201

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Improving the Economic Measurement Toolkit: Partnerships between Businesses and Federal Statistical Agencies

Tue, 2013-09-10 11:45

Businesses and
federal statistical agencies have a long history of working together to produce
something that is vitally important to both groups: the
nation’s economic measurement toolkit.

Steve
Landefeld, director of the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis,
charted the history of this collaboration and underscored the importance of
continuing that partnership during a panel session Tuesday at the National
Association for Business Economics’ (NABE) annual meeting in San Francisco.

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The Best Credit Card Processing For Small Business Owners

Tue, 2013-09-10 10:17

Are you looking to accept credit cards from your customers? Is building your company's creditworthiness essential to you? In this article, I'm going to share with you how to determine which merchant for credit card processing would be best for your small business.
Let's face it, there's no lack of merchant suppliers both online and offline providing a whole set of amazing tools for simple credit card processing such as virtual terminals, mobile credit card readers, credit card equipment and so on.

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Arts and “First Friday” Contribute to Overall Economic Activity in Missoula, Montana

Mon, 2013-09-09 14:30

Guest blog by Rob Rubinovitz, Deputy Chief Economist, Economics and Statistics AdministrationSecretary Penny Pritzker’s visit to Missoula, Montana last
week
coincided with one of the community’s “First Friday Gallery Night” events.  “First Friday’s” are part of a larger effort
of the Cultural Council in Missoula to support the arts to benefit the
community as a whole.  These events
include various art galleries, museums, and retail locations, and may feature
musical performances, poetry readings, dance and lectures. The effort seem to

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3 Signs That Social Media Might Not Be the Right Fit for Your Small Business

Mon, 2013-09-09 07:21

Small-business social media use has become a barometer of our times for industry analysts who are eager to gauge the impact the economy and new technologies have on the way small firms do business.
And despite a few sluggish years, the latest data suggests that small businesses are turning to social media in droves in an effort to increase sales (source: Forbes and Manta). The problem is, no matter how much time they spend, some small businesses are not reaping rewards.

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Secretary Pritzker Wheels Around the United Bicycle Institute in Portland, Oregon

Sat, 2013-09-07 18:34

Today,
as part of Secretary Penny Pritzker’s nationwide listening tour, she
toured the United Bicycle Institute in Portland, Oregon. It is the
bicycle industry’s leading technical school offering courses in repair,
frame building,
and mechanic certification for technicians. She also held a roundtable discussion with representatives from the bicycle
industry.
In 2012,
Bicycling magazine rated Portland as the No. 1 cycling city in the
U.S. The United Bicycle Institute (UBI) has established itself as a

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Starting a Business? Learn How to Easily Create Your Business Plan

Fri, 2013-09-06 16:07

Are you thinking about starting a business? One of the first things you will need is a business plan. 
Business plans are essential in helping entrepreneurs prepare, manage and direct their businesses, however, creating a plan can be intimidating and time consuming. It’s also hard to even know where to start.
As a part of SBA’s mission to help small businesses grow and succeed, the agency has created a Business Plan Tool  which helps simply the process.  The tool consists of eight steps which include:
1.      Cover page [Company name, address, phone and logo]

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Leveling the Playing Field for US Small Business Exporters

Fri, 2013-09-06 15:25

For American small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the European Union is one of the most lucrative markets, with more than 94,000 American small businesses currently contributing to more than $630 billion in U.S. – E.U. trade.

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Secretary Pritzker Tours NOAA’s Western Regional Center in Seattle

Fri, 2013-09-06 09:36

As part of her nationwide listening tour, Commerce Secretary
Penny Pritzker yesterday visited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s (NOAA) Western Regional Center in Seattle, Washington, the
largest NOAA facility outside of Washington, D.C. She thanked NOAA employees
for their hard work, which she said was critical to Commerce’s mission. The
Secretary also toured parts of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration and
NOAA Fisheries Service. 

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Secretary Pritzker Tours Year Up Skills Center in Seattle, Washington

Thu, 2013-09-05 20:30

Today, as part of her nationwide listening tour, Secretary Pritzker visited

Year Up in Seattle, WA. Year Up is a national non-profit
organization operating in 12 cities that provides urban young adults
with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to
pursue professional careers and higher education.

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