Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson delivered keynote remarks at a luncheon co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON). The event, titled “Building on the Progress in Turkish-American Economic Cooperation,” comes at an exciting time in U.S.-Turkish relations, with bilateral trade reaching a record level of $20 billion this past year.Turkey is the world’s-17th largest economy, and was the world’s second-fastest growing economy in 2011.Read More
Today, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS), making it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to obtain much needed access to capital. This new law creates an enhanced environment for growth.
Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Matt ErskineThere are dynamic collaborations and initiatives supporting regional growth strategies across the country. Today, I addressed a group of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and technology commercialization leaders brought together by Technology Ventures Corporation during their Deal Stream Summit. This premier conference seeks to facilitate investment partnerships between federal labs, start-ups, innovators, and the venture community to bolster commercialization of technology and increase competitiveness.Read More
As of March 30, 2012 – like it or not – your Facebook page for your business changed. If you had a custom Welcome tab, as many small businesses did -- one that said “Like our Page” or had a special offer -- it is no longer the first thing that people visiting your Facebook page will see.
Earlier today, Secretary John Bryson addressed the advisers of the Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) at a quarterly plenary session at the Department of Commerce. The Secretary laid out his priorities in manufacturing, trade and investment.The ITACs are comprised of U.S. business leaders who assist the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative with trade policy. Secretary Bryson was joined by U.S.Read More
Contractors and surety bond providers: Did you know the SBA guarantees surety bonds? For both small business contractors and surety agents alike, working with SBA to secure a surety bond guarantee can offer valuable benefits.
What’s more, applying for the program is fast – the average application is reviewed in under 2 days – and contractors and agents can upload application documents online through the e-Apps system.
SBA is working to make the online application even faster and more convenient.
Ed. Note: This post is part of a series following the release of
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Next month our nation’s entrepreneurs will come together in Washington, D.C., and virtually via the Internet for a three-day celebration of National Small Business Week – the 49th straight year.
The centerpiece of a variety of week-long celebrations is the annual National Small Business Week Conference, May 20-22 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Hosted by SBA, the event includes educational forums, networking sessions, and an awards ceremony recognizing the impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners in 2012.
Guest blog post by U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)To support India’s plans to improve energy efficiency throughout the country while opening India’s market for increased U.S. exports of clean energy technologies, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) concluded two grant agreements during Secretary Bryson’s five-day infrastructure trade mission to India. The delegation included 16 U.S. companies and three U.S. agencies, including USTDA."India has ambitious energy infrastructure development goals," stated USTDA Regional Director Henry Steingass.Read More
Are you a surety bond company or authorized surety agent? Do you underwrite contract surety bonds? If so, SBA may be a valuable partner to you.
SBA guarantees surety bonds for small businesses unable to secure a surety bond through other means – and both small businesses and surety companies can benefit from working with SBA.
This, the third blog in our series, helps surety companies and agents understand the benefits of SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program. For contractor-specific surety bond information, see Part 1 or Part 2.