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Watch Our World Trade Month Google+ Hangout to Learn about Exporting

Wed, 2013-05-22 16:39

SBA recently hosted a Google+ Hangout to honor World Trade Month. The panel of guests talked about common “rookie mistakes” and listed many resources that can help small businesses get started exporting.
You can watch the Hangout below.  If you have any questions about exporting, you can tweet them using the hashtag #TradeChat.

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Department of Commerce Helps American Company Secure $42 Million Contract With Colombia

Wed, 2013-05-22 14:15

Contract supports $38 million in U.S. exportsU.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce
Rebecca Blank today announced that L-3 Communications Corporation Warrior
Systems Sector (Londonderry, New Hampshire) and its distributor
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Boise, Idaho) recently secured a contract
from the Government of Colombia worth $42 million. The announcement comes on
the heels of Acting Secretary Blank’s trade mission to Brazil, Colombia and
Panama, which wrapped up on May 17. The trade mission included 20 U.S. firms

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Myth vs. Fact: Myth #2: My State Isn’t Setting Up a Marketplace So The Affordable Care Act Doesn’t Affect Me

Wed, 2013-05-22 01:37

 
As a business owner, it’s important to understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business. However, with so many misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act works, this can be difficult. 
As part of our ongoing blog series, “Myth vs. Fact: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business,” this week we’re debunking another common myth: If my business is located in a state that isn’t establishing a state-based Marketplace, the Affordable Care Act doesn’t have any impact on me.

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SBA Has a New Initiative to Help Veterans Access Capital and Become Entrepreneurs or Expand Existing Businesses

Tue, 2013-05-21 14:04

Are you a veteran transitioning from active service and want to become an entrepreneur? Or perhaps you’ve been out of the service for some time and want to start a new small business or expand an existing one?

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5 Fundamental Principles of Good Business Planning

Tue, 2013-05-21 11:00

I’ve just finished a two-month period in which I’ve read more than 50 business plans as part of my role as judge of several major national business plan competitions and as managing investor of my local angel investment group. And I like reading business plans, so it wasn’t a sacrifice. But it did remind me that every so often, it’s good to go back to the five important fundamental principles of good business planning.
1. Form follows function

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NOAA’s Latest Mobile App Provides Free Nautical Charts for Recreational Boating

Tue, 2013-05-21 10:40

Public is invited to try beta version of MyNOAAChartsAs recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, Commercee's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot.

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57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services honored at the 2013 President’s “E” Awards ceremony

Mon, 2013-05-20 17:00

U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today honored 57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services at the 2013 President’s “E” Awards ceremony. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the “E” Awards, which recognize significant contributions to increasing American exports. Today’s set of honorees, many of which are small and medium-sized enterprises, was the largest group in three decades to receive this distinguished award.Winners of the 2013 “E” Awards represent diverse communities from 22 states across the country.

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Starting a High-Tech Business? You May be Eligible for Government Funding

Mon, 2013-05-20 08:40

Looking to start or grow your high-tech entrepreneurial venture? Need financing to help fund research and development (R&D) efforts and realize your business potential? The U.S. federal government can help!
In fact, in 2012, nearly 5,000 small businesses received over $1.8 billion in federal government grants and contracts to help them carry out the R&D necessary to develop and bring high-tech products to market.
So how can your small business get in on the act? Here’s what you need to know:
What Can the Government Do for the High-Tech Small Business Sector?

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Acting Secretary Blank Highlights Success of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

Fri, 2013-05-17 16:10

Exports are critical to supporting American jobs and helping U.S.
businesses grow.  Increasing international trade is one of the Commerce
Department’s top priorities.  U.S. Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank
wraps up her week-long Latin American trade mission in Panama this week which
highlighted the importance of the bilateral trade relationship between the two
countries. In her remarks before the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Panama today, Acting Secretary
Blank marked the success of the U.S. Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA),

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Panama Canal Expansion Offers Opportunity for U.S. Companies to Serve as Partners with Panama

Fri, 2013-05-17 15:10

As
a part of her trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama this week, Acting
Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank met today with Jorge Quijano, Panama Canal
Administrator, and Roberto Roy, President of the Panama Canal Board and the
Panama City Subway, to discuss the Panama Canal Expansion Project and
infrastructure spending related to Panama City’s Metro Rail Project. These
meetings aim to strengthen longstanding U.S.-Panama ties by promoting greater cooperation between the two countries
on infrastructure development.

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