Life after 50 opens the door to many opportunities and new interests, and being retired or near retirement may give you the time, resources and experience that will allow you to be more passionate about these than you have ever been before. It may be time to find the answer to the “what’s next” question you’ve been pondering.
In fact, we’re seeing a growing number of people over the age of 50 – we call them encore entrepreneurs – look to small business ownership as their next big opportunity. Think of it as a great concert. What’s the best part? The encore!
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
SBA assists with creating and fostering of small businesses through financial, technical, and contract assistance.
What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?
SBA leverages public and private partnerships to benefit small businesses.
Is there a particular small business “success story” that comes to mind when you think about how the SBA helps people?
Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentAn impressive new training facility opened this spring at Delaware Technical and Community College’s campus in Georgetown and is expected to retrain former auto workers for new jobs in the emerging green sector. Energy House, designed to resemble an actual residence, serves as an educational lab where these workers can get a new start by learning about innovative energy-efficient technologies and renewable materials.Read More
A small business credit card should always be the credit card you use when making business purchases. Transactions such as paying for gas in a company car, buying office supplies or taking clients out for lunch are all acceptable ways to use a small business credit card.
When it comes to personal credit cards, you should not use them for business expenses. This can potentially jeopardize the protection of the corporate veil because you are co-mingling funds. Did you know corporate veil piercing is the top litigated issue in corporate law today?
Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday that it is awarding eight new education grants to
enhance science education activities in classrooms, aquariums, museums and
other institutions across America. These awards support six unique, multi-year projects and will share $4.5 million in grants from the
NOAA Office of Education’s Environmental Literacy Grants Program. Projects are designed to increase stewardship
and informed decision-making within a diverse pool of educators, students and
When it comes to purchasing products as consumers, our buying behavior typically falls into two buckets:
1. Impulse purchases (e.g., that garment that caught your eye at the store)
2. Planned purchases (TVs, cars, cell phones, tablets, vacations, home renovations, etc.)
The key difference between these two purchasing models is the length of the sales cycle – and it’s an important distinction for business owners to know. Why?
Today, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank visited the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. today, where she announced the winners of the third round of the i6 Challenge, a national competition to advance American innovation, foster entrepreneurship, increase the commercialization of ideas into viable companies, and create jobs.Read More
Do you have a military veteran, reservist or National Guard service member on your books? If so, it’s a good idea to be aware of what the law requires when it comes to handling employees who may be called to active duty – whether to a war or disaster zone.
Here’s what you need to know:
Know How the Law Protects Employee Rights
Ed. note: Cross-posted from ITA's Tradeology
The most significant reform to the U.S. patent system in more than a century is a major step forward as numerous provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 are now in effect. The new rules will spur innovation and economic growth by streamlining the patent application process and introducing new procedures to ensure patent quality. Seven reforms to U.S.Read More