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6 Steps to Assess Your Small Business’ Readiness to Export

Thu, 2012-11-01 07:31

Between 2009 and 2011, U.S. exports grew by 40 percent and the federal government is pressing to provide programs and resources that help U.S. companies succeed internationally.
Making the decision to export, however, is significant. Is your product marketable overseas? Can your business tolerate the benefits versus the trade-offs of exporting?

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New Guide Makes It Easier To Understand Laws and Regulations That Apply To Your Small Business

Wed, 2012-10-31 07:46

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer, an online business or operate a growing bricks and mortar company with multiple employees. In all cases, two things are certain: 1) You must pay business taxes (of course), and 2) you need to know a little bit about business law.
The problem is there are so many laws and regulations that impact small businesses, from ensuring the emails you send to your customers fall within marketing and advertising laws to trademarking your name to making sure you comply with labor laws.

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Superstorm Sandy Update: SBA Coordinating with Our Federal Partners

Tue, 2012-10-30 16:44

Many communities are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, including power outages and flooding. The importance of listening to instructions and safety information from your local officials and FEMA cannot be understated.
Federal response teams are already providing assistance to affected communities. SBA is closely coordinating with our federal partners to share information in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

For the latest on the Federal government’s response to Sandy, you can read FEMA’s blog or follow updates on Twitter.

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How to Avoid Losing Money on Your Next Coupon Campaign

Mon, 2012-10-29 07:42

Think you can build your business with coupons? Think twice.
Coupons have their place for many businesses, but they also carry the irksome problem of attracting the wrong kind of buyer. We all know them – the over-eager coupon clipper who stalks only those businesses that offer a special deal. This customer is often a one-time buyer and not the kind of consumer who is going to help you build your business. Even worse, you may incur couponing losses.

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Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Urges Hurricane Preparedness

Sun, 2012-10-28 19:30

As you know, Hurricane Sandy is making its way up the East Coast of the United States, but the large size of the storm means heavy rain and strong winds will begin affecting the National Capitol Region tonight, and parts of New York and Pennsylvania tomorrow and Wednesday, and New England by Friday.Make no mistake--this is a large and dangerous storm that needs to be taken seriously, especially by the millions of people who live, work or travel in Sandy’s projected path.According to our meteorologists at Commerce/NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service, Sandy will make

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Meet Patti Guttmann, Economic Development Specialist and HUBZone Liaison in St. Louis, MO District Office

Fri, 2012-10-26 13:25

When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?  I say I work for the Small Business Administration and we are the best resource for someone starting or growing a business.  Our SBA office partners with the SCORE Association and we have a counselor in our office every day between the hours of 9 and 3 who will sit down and listen to your idea and thoughts.   I can mail you a free startup kit that contains valuable information for starting or developing a business.  Here is my card, call me!

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7 Holiday Marketing Tips on a Limited Budget

Thu, 2012-10-25 07:43

When we think of holiday marketing – which can be critical to your business success – we often think only of promotions and discounts. But you don’t have to cut your margins or break the bank to stand out from the crowd any more. Here are seven budget-friendly steps you should consider to promote your small business while meeting the needs of your customers this holiday season.
Host an “Open House”

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Top 10 Questions About Small Business Incorporation Answered

Wed, 2012-10-24 07:59

Thinking of incorporating your business? Have questions about which business entity is right for you – limited liability company (LLC), S Corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor? Maybe you’re moving out of state and aren’t sure what happens to your business entity? For answers to these and other important facts about business incorporation, check out these 10 frequently asked questions:
What’s the best option for small business owners, an LLC or an S Corporation?

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U.S. Small Manufacturers get SBA Help to Go Global

Mon, 2012-10-22 12:55

Did you know 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside the US? Are you a small business manufacturer? Have you considered exporting your goods?  The “Made in the USA” brand is strong and there’s a huge market out there for your products.
All that is great, but how can you break into the global market, grow and be successful? The Small Business Administration can help you.
SBA’s mission is to help business start, grow and succeed – this includes helping small business exporters and companies that want to export.

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