Department’s Patent and Trademark Office was honored yesterday for its Patents
for Humanity initiative, a pilot program designed to encourage the use of patented
technology to address humanitarian challenges. USPTO Director Kappos launched
Patents for Humanity in February
2012 as part of a series of Obama administration initiatives to promote
game-changing innovations to solve long-standing development challenges. The
program is an awards competition recognizing patent owners and licensees who
Wisconsin SBA will have a representative from the CCI Surety Bonding Minnesota area in our Milwaukee office on January 24th to conduct a training session on the Surety Bonding Program and how the CCI Surety Bonding Office works with the SBA Programs.
Training will be for both small businesses and the SBA employees.
Surety Bonding: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Ruess Federal Plaza
Small Business Administration
310 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400 (West Tower)
Should you pay employees for rest and meal breaks? Are you even required to offer such breaks?
We all need rest and meals during work hours and the law stipulates standards for these breaks, including whether your employees should be paid for them. Here’s what you need to know:
Federal Wage and Hour Laws
January is the month when we promise ourselves we will change for the better…we say we will eat better, work out more and spend more time with our loved ones. And by February, we find ourselves right back into our old habits.
If you’re really lucky, the holidays may have provided a mental and physical break and rejuvenated your fervor for your business. Hopefully, you were able to spend time with family and friends and were reminded about what you work so hard for, and proved that time away from your work can do your work good.
Are you a woman-owned business looking to get a slice of the more than $400 billion dollar federal contracting pie? Under the new National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, the SBA will make changes to its Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program to help women-owned small businesses get more federal contracts and help the federal government meet and exceed its statutory five percent women’s contracting goal.
How Will the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Affect Women-Owned Small Businesses?
Securing small business financing can be challenging. Whether you are just starting out or looking to grow, banks and lending institutions can be rigorous in their lending review practices.
Guest blog post by Dr.
Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Editor's Note: This blog is co-authored by GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini and SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns. It was originally posted on GSA's blog.
Sometimes small businesses looking to do business with the federal government just need a little help getting the process started. That’s why the U.S. General Services Administration, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, hosted a small business open house and procurement fair at its headquarters today in Washington, D.C.
Major events like the upcoming Presidential Inauguration are an opportunity to celebrate our democracy. They can also help boost business sales. If you’re planning ahead for a big event, like DC small business owners are for the Inauguration, you can maximize the benefits and minimize the risks. In honor of President Obama’s second inauguration, here are a few tips to prepare your business for a major event.
Staff Up and Stock Up
President Obama recently signed the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which appropriates funds for military activities of the Department of Defense and other national security programs. You may be asking yourself, “Why am I reading about national security on the SBA website” Well, if you’re a small business and are doing business with the government, the NDAA includes a number of provisions that impact you. That’s why we thought it would be beneficial to highlight the top five things small businesses should know about the FY13 NDAA.Read More