When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
I explain that I work for the U.S. Small Business Administration in our Loan Guaranty Processing Center (LGPC). I am very proud of the work we do here assisting small businesses around the country to start, build and grow their businesses through the SBA’s flagship 7a loan program.
What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?
SBA lending is critical to the economic recovery of this country and is the backbone of building America’s future.
Guest blog post by Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca BlankEarth Day is here, and Commerce is seeing the positive results of its year-long campaign to “go green” and drive down costs in print. Just this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce’s largest bureau, announced it has removed over one-third of its desktop printers, bringing total savings from the Commerce print project to $4.7 million per year.Commerce spends $25 million annually on print–which includes equipment, paper, toner, energy and services.Read More
Graduation season is right around the corner and to help grads that are looking to start a small business, SBA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a Twitter Q & A Session on April 25 at 2pm EDT connecting soon-to-be grads or recent grads to resources to help them startup, succeed and create an economy built to last.
The first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins Sunday, April 22, and Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to raise awareness and save lives. Last year, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.Read More
We all know we need to be good stewards of the earth, but did you know that with the help of SBA, some communities are celebrating Earth Day every day due to the efforts of small business? And, they are getting paid to do it!
Does your small business have a presence on Facebook or Twitter? Are you wondering whether it’s worth investing time and resources in yet another social network? When Google rolled out Google Plus (Google+) last year, many asked the same question. And they’re still asking.
There’s no doubt that social media is a great outreach and engagement tool for small businesses with limited marketing budgets. But as more and more social networks come online (Pinterest anyone?) is it really worth the effort to branch out and jump on every social media bandwagon that comes along?
Two new advanced laboratory buildings for high-precision science and measurements have officially opened in Boulder, Colo., providing upgraded facilities to support technology innovation and economic growth as well as the training of future scientists.Federal, state and local government officials, university leaders, and Nobel laureates were among those attending the April 13, 2012, dedication ceremonies and tours at the new Precision Measurement Laboratory (PML) on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder and at the new X-Wing at JILA, a joint venture ofRead More
Want to take your restaurant on the road? Interested in starting a food-service business that affords lower overhead costs than a bricks and mortar restaurant?
Guest blog post by Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank This afternoon, I had the honor of addressing an annual conference on innovation, sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.Read More
The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but it sure didn't feel that way for most consumers (or businesses). Now, however, the economy finally is on an upward trajectory, with consumer sentiment, business hiring plans and employment data all looking up. Whether your company targets consumers or businesses, here’s what to keep in mind to successfully market to customers as their spirits rise and their wallets start to open again.