January 11, 2012 - 7:22am
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: if you’re starting a business you’re going to need general liability insurance. But what does that mean? What protection does it afford? How do you determine your coverage needs? How does it work? Read on. What is General Liability Insurance?
January 10, 2012 - 5:07pm
One of the laments of small business owners and entrepreneurs trying to build their online presence is: “We have a blog (or website) but it hardly get any visitors. How do we get traffic?” The typical responses are to “create good content.” Yes, you certainly need good content. But content – no matter how excellent – is not enough. You need to be more proactive to get that content in front of eyeballs.
January 10, 2012 - 2:00pm
Guest blog post by U.S.
January 9, 2012 - 1:00pm
On Friday, the Commerce Department unveiled the COMPETES Report: A Roadmap for Strengthening U.S. Competitiveness. The report makes three important findings: Federal investments in research, education and infrastructure were critical building blocks for American economic competitiveness, business expansion and job creation in the last century; Failures to properly invest in, and have comprehensive strategies for, those areas have eroded America’s competitive position; and,
January 9, 2012 - 7:14am
Did your small business hire employees for the first time in 2011? Did you use the services of an independent contractor? Or do you simply need a refresher on the ins and outs of wage reporting season? Here’s what you need to know about your annual employer reporting obligations. How to Report Employee Wages and Taxes – W-2s Explained
January 6, 2012 - 3:32pm
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
January 6, 2012 - 10:00am
The U.S Department of Commerce today delivered to Congress a comprehensive report on “The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States.” The report serves as a call to arms, highlighting bipartisan priorities to sustain and promote American innovation and economic competitiveness. At 10am ET, watch Secretary Bryson present the report and then a distinguished panel discuss the findings. [The event has now concluded] The report makes three important findings: Federal investments in research, education and infrastructure were critical building blocks for American economic
January 6, 2012 - 10:00am
The 20th century was a period of extraordinary performance in the United States. Americans were living longer and more fruitful lives. They were better-educated than past generations and residents of other countries. The United States was out-innovating, out-educating, out-connecting, and out-producing the rest of the world, assisted by ground-breaking research and federal funding. Life expectancy was higher than it had ever been, more than 70 percent of teenagers were enrolled in secondary education, and in 1986 the United States comprised 25.2 percent of the world’s economy.
January 5, 2012 - 2:00pm
Two agencies of the Department of Commerce unveiled new home pages for their websites in December—the result of efforts to make news and data more readily available and easily accessible to users. The agencies studied user feedback and website best practices to create a more visual and less confusing approach to the mission of informing the public. Both feature links to agency blogs written by their leadership and guest authors and links to economic indicators and career and business opportunities.On December 20, the U.S.
January 5, 2012 - 1:18pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration yesterday launched a new online tool that helps Native American entrepreneurs prepare for business ownership. The Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success is a free online business course developed for Native American entrepreneurs that gives an overview of basic business principles and of the SBA’s programs and services that help business owners get started.