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How Lawful Are Your Small Business’ Advertising Claims? – Tips for Getting it Right

Wed, 2012-12-12 06:46

Does your product do what your advertising claims it does? Perhaps you’ve invented or imported a product “that will remove even the toughest carpet stain in 10 minutes – guaranteed!” Can you stand behind that claim in a court of law?
Even if you don’t realize that your claims are false, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or your state government can take action against you for non-compliance with marketing and advertising laws.

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12 Places to Promote Your Website - Online and Offline

Mon, 2012-12-10 23:01

If you’re like most business owners, you are always looking for places to promote your business online. After all, you don’t have the advantage of huge brands that are household names. You have to work at getting visibility. Here is a handy checklist of 12 places to get visibility – make sure you have these covered if they apply to your business:
OFFLINE PLACES

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What Your Small Business Needs to Know About Charitable Giving This Holiday Season

Mon, 2012-12-10 06:54

During the season of giving thanks and giving gifts, charitable giving can make a big difference to those in need and also shine a favorable light on your small business. But what’s the best approach and how do you claim that all-important tax deduction? Here are some tips for developing a charitable giving strategy and claiming the right deduction.
Giving Back is Good for Small Business

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The Small Business Investment Company Program Annual Report Shows Record Capital for Small Businesses

Fri, 2012-12-07 16:00

 
As head of The Investment Division of the U.S. Small Business Administration, I am proud to present the results of the Small Business Investment Company Program for Fiscal Year 2012 in our Annual Report . We have achieved record success for a third year in a row, providing the capital small businesses need to fuel their growth and create jobs.  This Annual Report reflects our commitment to the continued growth of the SBIC Program.

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NIST and Forest Service Create World’s First Hazard Scale for Wildland Fires

Fri, 2012-12-07 13:45

Two federal agencies have teamed to create the first-ever system for linking accurate assessments of risk from wildland fires to improved building codes, standards and practices that will help communities better resist the threat. The proposed Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Hazard Scale addresses fires that occur where developed and undeveloped areas meet, and is described in a report released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S.

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Sandy Update 4: Send Us Your Completed Loan Application before the Deadline

Fri, 2012-12-07 11:29

Update: The filing deadline for New York is now January 28, 2013.
Update 2: The filing deadline for New Jersey is now January 30, 2013 and the filing deadline for Rhode Island is January 28, 2013.
So far the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $150 million in disaster loans to about 2,500 homeowners, renters and businesses in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy. 

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Government Contracting – Learn How the Federal Government Buys from Small Businesses

Thu, 2012-12-06 06:44

Are you thinking of breaking into the federal government contracting marketplace in 2013? This lucrative market is worth nearly $100 billion in sales to small businesses each year, but selling to the government is quite different than selling to the commercial sector.

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Don’t Get Scammed Just Because You Want to Get Into SAM

Wed, 2012-12-05 15:18

 
You can count on it, just like clockwork: when a new federal program or interface or system is put in place, someone is going to try to squeeze some extra cash out of people who want to use it. 
Here at SBA HQ, we’ve heard recently of attempts to do just that to people who want to register their small businesses in the new SAM database.  SAM stands for System for Award Management. 

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NOAA: Arctic Continues to Break Records in 2012

Wed, 2012-12-05 14:30

Becoming warmer, greener region with record losses of summer sea ice and late spring snow The Arctic region continued to break records in 2012—among them the loss of summer sea ice, spring snow cover, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet.

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Franchise Opportunities: Buying Into A Big-Name Brand

Wed, 2012-12-05 08:08

A significant number of the people that I’ve provided franchise advice to over the years have insisted on looking at franchises that have a recognizable brand name.
I understand why they start their franchise business searches with “the brand” in mind, but do you? You will if you read this post.

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