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
Friday, January 18th, the U.S. Department of Commerce will
be opening our doors as part of the administration’s inauguration
activities so that you can learn more about the available resources and work
being done by the Commerce team. If you are in the area, please stop by for our
two panels. These are all free and open to the public.
it Here, Selling it Everywhere”
Do all your sales reps sing off the same hymn sheet? Are they all equally knowledgeable about your products and services?
If you’ve ever worked in retail sales, you’ll know how difficult it is to remember your training and apply it in critical moments. After all, products are constantly evolving and inventory is always shifting. This is why it’s critical that small business owners ensure their sales teams are well trained and knowledgeable. It can make the difference between winning and losing a sale.
Business cards? Didn't those go out with the dinosaurs? Actually, no. In fact, according to an Ipsos poll conducted last fall, business cards are still one of the most effective marketing methods available to small business owners. Surprisingly, 60 percent of the small business owners surveyed say they currently give out more business cards than they did five years ago.
How can you make your business cards even more effective?
Satellites vital to search and rescue operationsThe same NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012.Since NOAA’s seven operational satellites circle the globe or sit above the United States, they also carry instruments to detect distress signals from emergency beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers.In addition to their role in weather prediction, these polar-orbiting and geostationary satellRead More
Editors note: This post is jointly authored by Treasury Deputy Secretary Neal S. Wolin and SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. It was originally posted on Treasury's blog.
Today, many taxpayers who qualify for the home office tax deduction are not claiming it. The reasons often cited are that businesses and filers do not fully understand the provisions or find it too complicated to calculate the amount.
That is about to change.
A new, 3-D state-of-the-art sonar map released January 11 by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, ExploreOcean, Teledyne Blueview, and Northwest Hydro shows never-before-seen details of the USS Hatteras, the only Union warship sunk in combat in the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War.One hundred and fifty years ago this month, approximately 20 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas, the Hatteras, an iron-hulled steamship the U.S. Navy converted into a gunboat, was sunk during a battle with the famous Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama.Read More