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What is the Best Way to Build Credit for My Business?

Thu, 2012-08-16 14:20

Once you have completed all the steps necessary for your business to be lender compliant, you can begin establishing credit.
You may have jumped ahead of yourself and already applied for one or two business credit cards using your personal credit. Not to worry-the purpose of this article is to share with you the best way to build credit for your company so you can stop relying on your personal credit to secure the financing for your company.

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Commerce Joins Announcement on New Public-Private Partnership to Support Additive Manufacturing Innovation

Thu, 2012-08-16 13:00

Today, Acting
Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank joined White House National Economic
Council Director Gene Sperling, Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall, and
other Obama administration officials to announce
the launch of a new public-private institute for manufacturing innovation in
Youngstown, Ohio as part of ongoing efforts to help revitalize American
manufacturing and encourage companies to invest in the United States. This new partnership, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

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Give Your Blog a Boost – How to Find and Work with Guest Bloggers

Thu, 2012-08-16 07:20

If you have a business blog, then you are probably aware of the challenges of coming up with topic ideas, finding time to write, and – let’s face it – keeping that blog alive. This explains why blogs on the subject of blogging are ranked as the most popular articles here on the SBA.gov Community. Here are just a few:

Thinking of Starting a Blog? Tips to Help You Start, Maintain & Grow a Small Business Blog!

Never Run Out of Blog Topic Ideas: Here are 36

8 Tips for Keeping your Business Blog Current, Relevant and Fresh

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Acting Secretary Blank Talks Administration Support for American Manufacturing

Wed, 2012-08-15 19:30

Guest blog post by Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.I just returned from the White House Business Council American Economic Competitiveness Forum on Manufacturing where I had an opportunity to hear from a group of American manufacturers—representing businesses of all sizes from across the country—about how the Obama Administration can continue to support them as they build things here and sell them everywhere. As we have seen in recent months, manufacturing is one of the bright spots for our economy.

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Obama Administration Holds Rural Swing in North Carolina and Louisiana to Promote Jobs and Innovation

Wed, 2012-08-15 15:15

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentOver the next two days, I will join several colleagues for a rural swing in North Carolina and Louisiana to promote jobs and innovation. Along with Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development Doug O’Brien, Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl F.

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New Export Data Shows 34 States Reached Record Highs for Merchandise Exports in the First Half of 2012

Wed, 2012-08-15 10:30

U.S. exports support nearly 10 million jobs across the countryActing
U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank announced today that U.S.
merchandise exports totaled a record $773.4 billion in the first six
months of 2012, up by $50.7 billion from the same period of 2011. “Comprehensive
data from the first half of 2012 demonstrates that exports continue to
be a bright spot for America and that we’re making historic progress
toward the president’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of

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Do Your Email Marketing Activities Comply with the Law?

Wed, 2012-08-15 07:26

Do you use or are you thinking of using email to connect with your prospects and customers?
If so, then the payoffs can be fruitful. For every $1 spent on email marketing in 2011, the estimated return on investment was an astonishing $44.25 (source: Pingdom).
But did you know that every email you send to your customers, whether it’s your monthly e-newsletter or a one-to-one email sent to promote your products or services, must comply with the law? Here’s what you need to know:
The CAN-SPAM Act – What It Means to Your Commercial Email Efforts

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Use the “Dog Days” to Rethink Your Marketing Strategy

Tue, 2012-08-14 22:57

 
Is August a slow season for your small business? For many of us, business slows down as the days heat up. Fortunately, that makes the rest of this month the ideal time to use your downtime productively by reassessing your marketing strategy. Determine what’s working and what isn’t, and revamp your approach for the rest of the year.
Here are some areas to consider:

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Helps Atlanta Kickstart Innovation Opportunities

Tue, 2012-08-14 14:00

Helping set a stage for success to Atlanta’s entrepreneurs, Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was in the Georgia capital this afternoon to help launch Startup Atlanta.

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NOAA Provides Easy Access to Historical Hurricane Tracks

Mon, 2012-08-13 13:15

Understanding historical hurricane landfalls is important in preparing for current stormsSeeing where hurricanes have hit and how often is one of the best ways to bring home a powerful hurricane preparedness message. A NOAA website, Historical Hurricane Tracks, lets users insert their zip code and see a map that contains more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane tracking data.

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