December 1, 2011 - 11:36am
Here on SBA.gov we have amassed a catalog of blogs that offer a variety of proven techniques that small business owners can use to plan, execute and nurture their marketing efforts.
December 1, 2011 - 9:00am
Cross post by Cory Churches is a Communications and Outreach Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs in the International Trade Administration.
November 30, 2011 - 2:25pm
Guest blog post by Matthew S. Erskine, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentThe Seattle region is noted as one of our nation’s hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship with world-class cleantech, health sciences, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing clusters. It is home to the headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks and its regional assets are fueling job growth. This week, I traveled to Seattle to spotlight Obama administration investments to advance these critical innovation clusters,
November 30, 2011 - 7:26am
Navigating business law and regulations can be a minefield for small business owners, soaking up their time, money and valuable resources. In fact, according to the SBA Office of Advocacy, small firms (fewer than 20 employees) spend substantially more per employee to comply with federal regulations than larger firms do.
November 29, 2011 - 2:45pm
This afternoon, Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank participated in an event at the White House to announce the Administration’s progress in cracking down on intellectual property (IP) theft crimes and the launch of a public education campaign intended to increase Americans’ knowledge of the threat these crimes pose to economic prosperity and public safety. The campaign is entitled “Counterfeits Hurt. You Have The Power to Stop Them.” Counterfeit goods not only can cause harm to the safety of our families, but they also cause harm to our economy and to American
November 29, 2011 - 7:45am
If you operate a Facebook fan page, then you’ll have noticed a plethora of changes in recent months. While many of these changes are cosmetic, some are not, and they could have a big impact on your social media success. One of the most notable changes you may have noticed is to the dynamics of your “newsfeed.” I say significant, because these changes don’t just affect how users consume updates; they ultimately reward and promote business brands that are more engaged with their fans. Why Engagement is More Important than Ever
November 28, 2011 - 7:16am
According to The Senior Source, in 2005, 15 percent of working people expect to start their own businesses when they retire. However, given the continued impact of the economic crisis on 401(k) plans and a growing desire to stay career-active into retirement, this statistic seems very likely to grow.
November 23, 2011 - 3:00pm
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving. Historians have also recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of
November 23, 2011 - 9:00am
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their work. Guest blog by Dee Alexander, Program Analyst, Decennial Management Division’s Outreach and Promotion Branch, U.S. Census Bureau As an employee in the U.S. Census Bureau, I serve as a program analyst in the Decennial Management Division’s Outreach and Promotion Branch. My key responsibilities include responding to internal and external stakeholders, and the planning
November 23, 2011 - 7:17am
Businesses lose employees all the time, but if another firm has ever targeted or hired your employees then you have suffered from employee poaching or “employee raiding.” Employee poaching is a fact of life for small business owners, particularly in high growth, specialized, and technology industries. In fact you can even do a quick search online and find blogs that will even coach businesses on how to poach employees!