December 9, 2010 - 8:30am
Discipline is based on developing good habits. Many small business owners struggle with this and do not notice a lack of discipline until their business gets track. José Rivera is the founder and president of his 8a certified company, Rivera, Sierra, & Company. He provides consulting to governments, small businesses, and non-profits. Business.gov interviewed José , also known as riverasierra in the Community, for some insight into owning and running a small business. What skills do small business owners need to have?
December 2, 2010 - 8:30am
Most aspiring entrepreneurs have heard some version of Walt Disne;s famous quote,-If you can dream it, you can do it- Once a big idea starts materializing, it can be hard for entrepreneurs to balance those ideas with day-to-day accomplishable tasks. Successful entrepreneurs need to manage both the'big pictur' and the'small picture' We asked the Community to share with us how they balance'big pictur' ideas with small pictur' accomplishable tasks. Overall, we learned about three very different methods for managing goals and actions.
November 19, 2010 - 12:15pm
International travelers spent nearly $12 billion in the U.S. in SeptemberAccording to newly released data from the Commerce Department, international visitors traveling to the United States pumped an estimated $11.7 billion into the U.S. economy during the month of September, up $1.7 billion compared to the same period last year. This marks the fifth month of double-digit growth and ninth straight month of overall growth in U.S. travel and tourism exports. Total travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, $1.2 billion a month in 2010. “Travel and tourism
November 18, 2010 - 7:00am
Would you like a cookie? If so, it will help the Business.gov team improve the website. But what is a persistent cookie and how does it affect you? Persistent cookies are small pieces of computer code that a webpage puts on your browser. The cookie is then used to measure how a visitor navigates the website. This might appear as shades of big brother but our plan is to be anything but.
November 12, 2010 - 11:11am
After a 23 year career primarily focused on restaurant and retail development throughout the United States, Tony Ozelis started his own small business, Location Island. Location Island is a web-based educational magazine that helps small business owners learn about commercial real estate development. Tony is continually learning and feels that the more information and research you have the better off you will be. Business.gov interviewed Tony, also known as LocationIsland in the Community, for some insight into owning and running a small business. How did you start your business?
November 8, 2010 - 3:04pm
Many small business owners debate between hiring independent contractors or employees. The IRS and labor laws classify the two differently creating benefits and risks of either. However, are there differences in regards to loyalty, performance, and managerial effort? We asked the community to share with us your experience with independent contractors compared to your employees. Small business owners in the Community told us that there are differences in loyalty, performance, and managerial effort. Loyalty
November 4, 2010 - 10:20am
Recession Tactics Please share your thoughts with the Business.gov Community about one effective tactic you've taken in response to the recession. There's not much time left before this thread closes, so submit your ideas before November 3. Starting a Business in Different Industries
November 3, 2010 - 2:45pm
Today, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the appointment of 25 members to the new National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprises. The advisory council will be led by the Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and provide advice and recommendations to the department and the administration on a broad range of policy issues affecting the minority business community. The new council is the first to focus on promoting minority businesses since around 1969, when President Nixon established MBDA – formerly the Office of Minority
October 20, 2010 - 1:59pm
The Business.gov Community hit over 15,000 members early last week. This marks a great milestone for Business.gov and the Open Government Initiative. President Barak Obam;s first executive action was the Open Government Memorandum. It calls for the government to be transparent, participatory, and collaborative. When the Business.gov community launched in early 2009, it quickly became a way for small business owners to collaborative with each other and the government. Registered members increased three fold in the past year, growing an average of 30 members a day.
October 20, 2010 - 11:45am
The United Nations General Assembly designated Oct. 20, 2010, as the first-ever World Statistics Day to highlight the importance of official statistics and the many achievements of national statistical systems. Statistical organizations throughout the world will celebrate World Statistics Day today at the national and regional level. The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and 12 other principal federal statistical agencies together have been collecting statistics about the nation’s