January 24, 2011 - 3:45pm
Today Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security published a Federal Register Notice which updates the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in several ways, including: Removing several Indian space- and defense-related companies from the Entity List. Removal from the Entity List eliminates a license requirement specific to the companies, and results in the removed companies being treated the same way as any other destination in India for export licensing purposes.Removing India from several country groups in the EAR resulting in the removal of export license
January 14, 2011 - 10:04am
Many small business owners will try to apply for lending at some point while operating their business. Mark French and his company Crest Capital have been in the lending business since 1989 and help small businesses with equipment leases and loans as well as software financing. Business.gov interviewed Mark, also known as CrestCapital in the Community, for some insight into lending to small businesses. What financial information do you look at when qualifying a small business?
January 7, 2011 - 9:59am
The holiday season is a popular time to recognize employees for a year well done. Many businesses routinely give out holiday bonuses in December as well as host holiday parties. However, with many businesses struggling to maintain a profit and trying to hold on to their current customers, it has become difficult if not impossible for companies to monetarily reward employees.
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