It’s almost time for National Small Business Week 2012 - and to kick things off we are launching a video contest.
Each week I travel around the country and hear from business owners about how SBA has helped them start, grow and succeed. I’m often inspired by each business’ ingenuity, and it’s the small business owners I meet each week that are making communities strong and keeping America competitive.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Videos can be submitted through Challenge.gov until 5pm EDT, May 15, 2012. Questions can be addressed to email@example.com.Read More
On Sunday, Commerce Secretary John Bryson congratulated the 11 U.S. organizations who were awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for organizational performance excellence and innovation.Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the
Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the
competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Eligibility for the
award was expanded in 1998 to include education and health care and in
Just filed your taxes and wished you’d had the help of an accountant? Unhappy with your current accountant? Here are some tips for finding and choosing an accountant you can trust with your small business numbers and rely on for solid financial advice throughout the year.
Why Hire an Accountant
An accountant can save you time and clear up much of the confusion you experience when it comes to managing your finances and taxes, but a trusted accountant can provide other benefits, too.
Guest blog post by Nish Acharya, Director of EDA's Office of Innovation and EntrepreneurshipThis week, the U.S.Read More
Just weeks after the Obama administration released its blueprint to improve consumer privacy and ensure that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth, Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is moving forward to put the plan into practice. NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling told an audience at the Hudson Institute yesterday that the administration supports enacting the blueprint’s "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" into law, but can make progress without waiting for Congress to act.Read More
Need a new desk? A file cabinet? Machinery? A truck? Instead of simply buying a brand new item from your local dealer, consider some alternative ways to get what you need for little or no money. Here are three strategies to help you.
1. Buy used or last year’s models
Earlier today, Secretary Bryson delivered welcoming remarks at the “White House Conference on Connecting the Americas.” The all-day conference brings together business and community leaders from across the country with Administration officials working to expand opportunities for American businesses and people throughout the Americas.Read More
Entrepreneur and founder of The Body Shop Anita Roddick once said: “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.”
The first few years of small business ownership are undoubtedly the toughest, a huge test of entrepreneurial character. The data prove that getting it right is as challenging as ever. According to the SBA Office of Advocacy (PDF), the survival rate for new employer firms stacks up as follows:
Seven out of 10 new employer firms survive at least two yearsRead More
Guest blog post by Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankAmerica’s
entrepreneurs, businesses, and workers are the primary source of new ideas that
drive innovation. Patents, trademarks and copyrights–the main protections in
our IP system–are critical tools that help commercialize innovative,
game-changing ideas, from advances in healthcare technology to improved
consumer products. By creating a better environment for our private sector to
capitalize those ideas, IP protections help foster the innovation and