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Help America’s Businesses by Becoming a Presidential Innovation Fellow

Thu, 2013-02-07 10:15

blog post by Dennis Alvord, Executive Director of BusinessUSAToday
is a very exciting day for American businesses because the Administration has
just launched Round 2 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. 
This high-profile White House-sponsored program brings top innovators,
entrepreneurs, and change agents into government for 6-12
months to develop game-changing
solutions that benefit the American people in all kinds of ways – saving lives,
saving taxpayer money, and helping to fuel job growth. 

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7 Ways to Increase Foot Traffic to Your Small Business

Thu, 2013-02-07 06:31

Late last year, I hosted a web chat with the SBA offering holiday marketing tips and ideas to small business owners. And while many business owners submitted questions relating specifically to the holidays, a large percentage of the questions centered on that age-old question: “How do I get more foot traffic to my store?”
Here are seven tried and tested steps you might want to consider:
1. Start from the outside and look in

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Deputy Secretary Blank Joins President Obama in Honoring National Medal of Technology and Innovation Winners

Wed, 2013-02-06 11:45

Secretary Rebecca Blank joined President Barack Obama Friday, February 1 at a
White House ceremony honoring the recipients
of the 2011 National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and
Innovation. These medals are presented each year by the President of the
United States.The
Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) administers
the National Medal of
Technology and Innovation honoring those that deliver technologies that are

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Much Higher Surety Bond Guarantee Ceilings Enable Small Businesses to Bid on Larger Contracts and Grow

Wed, 2013-02-06 11:36

A major revision in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program more than triples the eligible contract amount, from $2 million to $6.5 million, the Agency will guarantee on surety bonds for both public and private contracts.

What does this mean for small businesses trying to grow?


A Los Angeles subcontractor for example, was looking to take on bigger jobs and grow its business, but needed a much larger bond to bid on and get a contract that was larger than past work it had performed.


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Restrictions in Franchising

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:33

If you’re thinking of becoming the owner of a franchise-type of business, there’s something you need to know about franchising…and you may not like it.
Now, what I’m about to share probably won’t be a game-changer if you’re really bent on buying a franchise, but you need to have as much factual information on this business model before you invest in one.
Here goes:
You’re going to have certain restrictions placed on you.

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Selling into the U.S. as a Foreign Business: Should You Incorporate Your Business Here?

Wed, 2013-02-06 06:36

Do you run an overseas business? Thinking of expanding and selling into the U.S. market?
Because U.S. residency or citizenship is not required, non-U.S. citizens can readily sell into the U.S. However, many overseas business owners aren’t clear on whether they are required to incorporate in the U.S. and the associated tax implications.
Here’s what you need to know:
Should I Incorporate My Business in the U.S.?
This is a question that comes up frequently on the SBA Community Discussion Boards and there’s not a clear cut answer for all businesses.

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Online Tools to Help You Find and Price Small Business Health Care Insurance Options

Tue, 2013-02-05 07:44

We all have questions about the Affordable Care Act, whether it's deciphering facts from myths or trying to understand what your options for health care coverage are now and in the future.

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Making Procurement Better: RFP-EZ

Mon, 2013-02-04 12:10


Note: This post is authored by SBA's Presidential Innovation Fellows - Clay Johnson, Jed Wood, and Adam Becker.


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Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank Visits Washington, D.C. Auto Show

Fri, 2013-02-01 14:00

Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank visited the
Washington, D.C. Auto Show. While there, she visited various exhibits
including Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, GM, Honda, and Volkswagen. At each exhibit,
Blank spoke with representatives of each car maker and “kicked the tires” of
the models on display.

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10 Tips for Veteran-Owned Businesses Seeking to Sell to the U.S. Federal Government

Thu, 2013-01-31 07:21

Are you a veteran-owned small business and thinking of selling to your former boss – the U.S. federal government?
Part of the mission of the SBA is to provide assistance to veterans and service-disabled veterans who return home to start, resume or grow their businesses. In addition to supporting veteran business owners through entrepreneurial training, and providing access to capital, the SBA also provides resources, tools and support to help veterans start and grow businesses through government contracting.

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