Yesterday, two NTIA Recovery Act broadband grantees were among 11 local leaders from across the country honored at the White House as “Champions of Change.” Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC, and Donald Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network Inc, were recognized for using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure.Read More
Right now, small businesses across America pay an average of 18 percent more to provide health insurance than large businesses. While the insurance exchanges included in the Affordable Care Act will bring these costs down starting in 2014, we need to make it easier for small business owners to provide insurance to their employees right now. One important part of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal expands a tax credit that does exactly that.
Yesterday, Acting Deputy U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank traveled to Flint, Michigan, to tour the factory floor at Genesee Packaging, Inc., along with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Genesee Packaging President and CEO Willie Artis, and other employees. Her visit followed the release of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request Monday, where the president laid out his blueprint for an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers.Following the tour, Blank highlighted investments in the new budget proposal that will support U.S.Read More
Great customer service is a small business’s best marketing tool. If you want your customers to be loyal to your business, show them some love by providing outstanding customer service.
Just how important is customer service to a business’s success? In a survey last year by American Express, 70 percent of consumers said they would be willing to pay higher prices if a company offered great customer service. And 81 percent believed that generally, small businesses provide better customer service than big businesses do.
How are you backing up your small business data? If you are like most small businesses, you could be compromising your business and its data on a daily basis.
A 2011 survey by Carbonite, a provider of online backup solutions, found some facts about data loss that may surprise you:
Today President Obama visited Master Lock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and announced that the Department of Commerce will host the first annual SelectUSA Investment Summit, bringing companies from around the world to meet with governors, mayors and local stakeholders, federal agencies, and state and local economic development organizations together to discuss the benefits of investing and growing in the U.S. The Summit will build on the Administration’s efforts to promote investment in the U.S. by providing an annual forum to attract and expand U.S.Read More
Are you or your partner trying to exit or dissolve your business partnership?
Business partnerships dissolve for many reasons – one partner may have lost interest, is no longer committed to the business or just wants to retire. Sometimes things just don’t work out.
But how do you plan and execute a clean dissolution of your partnership? What are your options and what legal steps must you take? Let’s take a walk-through your options and your obligations.
Revisit Your Partnership Agreement and Review Your Options
As we celebrate Black History Month, we are reminded of the remarkable men and women who have made an impact in our communities. For me, one of those individuals is my grandfather, an entrepreneur and business owner. My grandfather owned a landscaping company that became the first African American-owned firm in Indiana to win a state contract—for cutting the grass along state highways.
Mobile technology has enabled us to run our businesses on the fly. It has also helped us to simplify some of the tasks involved in operations, not the least of which is taxes. Here are three ways you can use mobile technology to simplify tax-required recordkeeping, stay updated on tax changes, and keep in touch with your tax advisor.
Yesterday the president released his FY2013 budget request
and Secretary Bryson announced the Department of Commerce’s requests. In the president’s budget, there is strong
support for manufacturers by increasing investments in advanced
manufacturing, new trade promotion efforts, and innovation investments.