January 20, 2012 - 4:00pm
Commerce Department grantees provide updates on projects to promote innovation and commercialization in regions of Ore., Ohio, Pa., Fla. and Ga.To highlight the economic impact of Obama administration investments to promote American Innovation and accelerate the commercialization of research to the marketplace, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) hosted the first 21st Century Economic Capitol Hill Briefing on the new COMPETES law on January 19, 2012.Awardees of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (OIE) i6 Challenge came to Washington D.C.
January 20, 2012 - 12:00pm
The Department of Commerce has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to working with the private sector to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs. Today, Secretary Bryson took another opportunity to do so as host of his first meeting of the Manufacturing Council, a committee that advises the Department on programs impacting U.S. manufacturers. Along with Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco J. Sánchez, Bryson reiterated the Administration’s priorities for helping American businesses “build it here and sell it everywhere,” which means doing more to support
January 20, 2012 - 11:52am
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say? I tell them I’m responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support the SBA Standard 7(a) Loan Guaranty Processing Center goals for a multi-billion dollar national loan program. As an IT Specialist, I enjoy applying technology to automate our processes which provide the tools for our staff to effectively perform their jobs. What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?
January 19, 2012 - 4:00pm
As our economy continues to recover from the worst recession in memory, families in communities across America remain focused on what else
January 19, 2012 - 3:00pm
NOAA announces two additional severe weather events reached $1 billion damage threshold, raising 2011’s billion-dollar disaster count from 12 to 14 eventsAccording to NOAA scientists, 2011 was a record-breaking year for climate extremes, as much of the United States faced historic levels of heat, precipitation, flooding and severe weather, while La Niña events at both ends of the year impacted weather patterns at home and around the world.NOAA’s annual analysis of U.S.
January 19, 2012 - 7:41am
Speaking about his own incredible path to business success, Microsoft’s Bill Gates once said: “We were young, but we had good advice and good ideas and lots of enthusiasm.” There’s no doubt that good ideas and enthusiasm are among the vital traits for successful entrepreneurs, but, as Gates says, getting “good advice” is also essential.
January 19, 2012 - 4:09am
Wouldn’t it be great to be known as an expert in your industry? One of those sources who customers, reporters and other business owners turn to for help and advice? Well, if you’ve been running your business for any length of time, the good news is you already are an expert in your industry—you just need to let other people know about it. Try these suggestions to build your reputation as an expert and burnish your business’s image.
January 18, 2012 - 7:42am
So you’re starting a business, but what are you going to call it? Choosing a business name is an important step in the business planning process. Not only should you pick a name that reflects your brand identity, but you also need to ensure it’s properly registered and protected for the long term, and give a thought to whether it’s web-ready. Is the domain name even available? So where do you start? Here are some tips to help you pick, register, and protect your business name – online and offline. Pick a Name That Reflects Your Business Plan
January 17, 2012 - 8:13am
Information returns are tax-reporting forms required to be submitted to the IRS. In turn, the IRS uses the information to cross-check reporting by taxpayers. According to the IRS’ annual enforcement report, information returns greatly increase the compliance rate; taxpayers generally report on their returns the income that is reported to them on information returns, while there is considerable underreporting of income not reflected on information returns. Being in business means you must issue certain information returns and that you will receive certain information returns. Sound confusing?
January 16, 2012 - 7:13pm
Health insurance costs are a constant concern for small business owners. In the past year employers paid a larger share of their workers’ health care premiums than ever before, and premiums increased by 9 percent, and many small businesses reported even steeper hikes. According to a 2011 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust, the average cost of family health care coverage is $15,073, with workers paying $4,129 toward their premiums and employers paying the remaining $10,944.