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Meal and Rest Breaks – What Small Business Employers Need to Know

Wed, 2013-01-23 07:32

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

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Balancing Work and Personal Life with Your Business

Tue, 2013-01-22 17:08

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.

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SBA Announces Changes to Contracting Program to Help Women-Owned Businesses Compete for Federal Contracts

Tue, 2013-01-22 16:12

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?

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Business Loans – What Lenders Look for and Tips for Winning Them Over

Tue, 2013-01-22 07:31

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.

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“Our People. Our Future.” Helping One Another Through Service

Fri, 2013-01-18 16:00

Guest blog post by Dr.
Rebecca Blank,
Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce

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GSA and SBA Open Doors to Small Businesses. Literally.

Fri, 2013-01-18 15:28

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.

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How Small Businesses Can Celebrate (and Profit from) the Inauguration and Other Big Events in Your Area

Thu, 2013-01-17 18:38

 
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

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5 Things You Need to Know About the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act

Thu, 2013-01-17 16:02

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.

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You Are Invited To Commerce's Open House Tomorrow

Thu, 2013-01-17 14:30

Tomorrow,
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.

“Building
it Here, Selling it Everywhere”

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How to Train Your Sales Reps to be Superior Subject Matter Experts

Thu, 2013-01-17 07:35

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.

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