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4 New SBA Online Tools That Can Take Your Small Business to New Levels

Thu, 2012-11-29 07:08

The old adage “time is money” is perhaps one of the most pertinent statements that you can apply to small business owners. Whether you’re starting a business or managing a growing one, entrepreneurs and business owners wear many hats and have many questions:

What laws and regulations apply to my business?

How do I start to write a business plan?

Where can I get help with X, Y and Z?

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Acting Secretary Blank Launches Doing Business in Africa Campaign

Wed, 2012-11-28 14:00

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced the launch of the “Doing Business in Africa” campaign at an event in Johannesburg, South Africa. This campaign is part of a larger U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, which President Obama issued in June. The “Doing Business in Africa” campaign will promote economic growth, trade and investment in Africa.  In her remarks, the Acting Secretary emphasized the United States’ ongoing commitment to deepening economic ties with these nations.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Timi Vann, NOAA Regional Coordinator

Wed, 2012-11-28 10:00

note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting
members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy
Built to Last.Guest blog by Timi
Vann, Western Regional

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More Than Just a Seller – How to Start a Business on an Online Marketplace

Wed, 2012-11-28 07:24

Starting a small business enterprise on eBay, Amazon Webstore, Etsy or even Craig’s List has become an increasingly popular option for entrepreneurs looking to get instant visibility and access to a massive online marketplace.  
But how do you go about becoming a serious eBay seller and forming a business around your enterprise?  At what point does your enterprise become more than just a hobby? Will you need to get a business license, incorporate, and pay sales tax?

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Helping to Support Our Troops When They Return Home

Tue, 2012-11-27 12:19

On November 11, we took the time out of our day to thank those who serve and protect our nation.  However, our nation owes it to them to show them our gratitude every day, and provide them with the support they need after what they have given for us. The men and women of our military sacrifice so much for our freedom, and when they return after years of serving, it is a difficult transition for them and their families starting the next chapter in their lives.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Rolena Chuyate, Information Technology Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

Mon, 2012-11-26 13:00

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Rolena Chuyate, Information Technology Specialist, Administrative and Management Systems Division for the U.S. Census Bureau

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6 Business Tax Credits and Deductions to Take Advantage of Before New Year’s Day

Mon, 2012-11-26 06:57

The end of the year is fast approaching, but there’s still time to take advantage of a variety of business tax credits and deductions – some of which are new for 2012. 
Here are just a few to consider, plus some best practices for maximizing your claims.
Take Advantage of 2012 “Section 179” Deduction Limits

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Supporting Small Business on Saturday and All Year Round

Fri, 2012-11-23 13:00

Guest blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca
BlankTomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and
support small businesses across the country.

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Thanksgiving Day: November 22, 2012

Wed, 2012-11-21 12:00

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth
Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many
regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving. Historians have also
recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North
America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. The legacy of thanks
and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national
holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of

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How to Market Your Products at Holiday Crafts Fairs and Flea Markets

Wed, 2012-11-21 10:41

The holiday shopping season is here, and customers are poised to spend more than $586 billion on gifts this year—a 4.1 percent increase over last year. But not all of that action is taking place on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or at the local mall. For smart small businesses whose products have wide appeal, holiday arts and crafts fairs and local flea markets or other outdoor shopping events are great ways to garner additional sales this time of year. To get started, follow these steps.

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