Each year, the United States experiences approximately 1,300 tornadoes. No state is invulnerable to the twisting, destructive winds that emanate from dark thunderstorms–and last week, Nature’s fury was focused on the central and southern states. Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has in place a multifaceted tornado early warning system that includes general area outlooks days in advance and that gives individual cities and towns an average of 14 minutes warning before the potentially deadly tornadoes strike.Read More
Do you engage in public relations to market your business?
Public relations, or PR, isn’t just for large companies or something for times of crisis. A well-planned public relations strategy can reap the following benefits:
It can extend word of mouth news about your business beyond the reach of any advertisement, flyer, postcard or email, and help you reach new markets.
It reaches both influencers (journalists and bloggers) and those they influence (your customers), giving credibility to your business.Read More
Guest blog post by David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)Read More
On Monday, President Obama declared March 4-10, 2012 as National Consumer Protection Week, building on a coordinated effort that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. The Commerce Department is using this occasion to showcase the efforts of our Internet Policy Task Force, which is leveraging the expertise of several Commerce bureaus that are aimed at ensuring continued innovation in the Internet economy and preserving consumer trust in Internet commerce and online interactions.Read More
The Obama administration has made growing access to capital a top priority for Native American small businesses. I recently took part in a roundtable discussion on access to capital in Indian Country with nearly 150 Native American small business owners, representatives from eight federal agencies, and the White House Domestic Policy Council. We had an open dialogue about ways to provide better federal resources and improve federal capital access programs at the 2012 Reservation Economic Summit and American Indian Business Trade Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guest blog post by Cameron F.Read More
At SBA we work every day to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools they need to create an economy built to last. From the main street restaurant to the startup clean energy company, small businesses create 2 out of every 3 new jobs in America.
Are you doing business on the Internet? Selling on eBay? Promoting or advertising someone else’s products on your website or blog?
Online money-making opportunities are plentiful – from selling your old books via online auction to promoting products and services for online merchants, or becoming an online merchant yourself. But at what point does this mean you are in business yourself and, since you are making money online, what are your tax and regulatory obligations?
These days, “content marketing” is a hot online marketing strategy. But why does the thought of sitting down to write an article strike fear into the hearts of so many small business owners? To hear some people talk, it ranks right up there with public speaking as an anxiety inducer.
President Obama declared
March 4-10, 2012 as National Consumer
Protection Week, building on a coordinated effort that encourages consumers
nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make
better-informed decisions. The Commerce Department is using this occasion
to showcase the efforts of our Internet
Policy Task Force, which is leveraging the expertise of several Commerce
bureaus that are aimed at ensuring continued innovation in the Internet economy