Two agencies of the Department of Commerce unveiled new home pages for their websites in December—the result of efforts to make news and data more readily available and easily accessible to users. The agencies studied user feedback and website best practices to create a more visual and less confusing approach to the mission of informing the public. Both feature links to agency blogs written by their leadership and guest authors and links to economic indicators and career and business opportunities.On December 20, the U.S.Read More
The U.S. Small Business Administration yesterday launched a new online tool that helps Native American entrepreneurs prepare for business ownership. The Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success is a free online business course developed for Native American entrepreneurs that gives an overview of basic business principles and of the SBA’s programs and services that help business owners get started.
I’m deeply entrenched in the franchise industry. Like most industries, we have our own collection of buzzwords or jargon. There are words and phrases we use on a daily basis. But you don’t.
For example, industry insiders don’t say, “Franchise Disclosure Document*” when we refer to a legal document that’s required to be sent to all serious franchise buyers. We call it the “FDD.”
Ever feel that your employees don’t respect you? You may think: “So what!” But that would be a mistake.
The trouble is that when an employee starts to lose respect, your authority and control can quickly be undermined. Even if you are not aware of a problem employee, the effect can be toxic. Productivity levels drop, accountability diminishes, and the problem behavior can spread to others.
Why Do Employees Lose Respect for Their Employers?
Interested in getting into the construction business? Now might be the time, with market forecasts (courtesy of IBISWorld) predicting a steady rise in the value of the construction industry over the next five years – 12.5 percent annually for residential construction and 13 percent for private non-residential construction.
If you’re interested in starting a construction, home improvement, or contracting business, here are some business and regulatory basics you need to be aware of.
10 Steps to Starting (any) Business
My company has a pet-friendly office environment. My little four-legged angel, Maxwell, is our Chairman of the Bone. He’s a 14-pound Shih Tzu who regularly comes to the office with me with an ample supply of toys and treats. However, one of Maxwell’s favorite things to do is chase his tail. He runs in a circle at manic speeds until he ultimately collapses having never achieved his goal, if he even knows what his goal is. That doesn't stop him from trying again later.
Last week, President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for another six years. This long-term reauthorization is good news for the innovative small businesses that these programs support. SBIR and STTR invest about $2.5 billion a year in America’s most promising small research and development companies. Through SBIR and STTR, federal agencies with large R&D budgets provide competitive awards to help small businesses bring their best innovations from the drawing board to the marketplaceRead More
If you’re starting a business that requires significant financial investment up front, finding a source of funding can be a challenge, especially since the average cost of starting a business is $30,000. This is particularly true for young entrepreneurs who lack a strong credit history or don’t want the hassle of dealing with banks or private lenders.
As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the Department of Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau projects the January 1, 2012, total United States population will be 312,780,968. This would represent an increase of 2,250,129, or 0.7 percent, from New Year's Day 2011, and an increase of 4,035,430, or 1.3 percent, since Census Day (April 1, 2010).Read More
Guest blog post by David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTOAs December draws to a close , it’s difficult to imagine a more historic year for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) than 2011. The dedication and hard work of our talented public servants has enabled the Agency to make significant strides in the quality, efficiency, and certainty of patents and trademarks granted to technological enterprises.Read More