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How Sweeping Changes to the U.S. Patent System Will Impact Your Small Business

Wed, 2012-11-07 07:48

If you hold patents, have patents pending or are thinking of filing a patent, then it’s time for you to get to know the details of the most significant reform of the U.S. patent system in more than a century.

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Set Goals Before You Start Your Franchise Business Search

Tue, 2012-11-06 09:00

If you’re searching for the right franchise to buy, it’s important to set some goals. One reason that you’re going to want to have some specific goals set up is this: There are over 3,000 franchise opportunities to choose from! With that many choices, it’s way too easy to get lost and flounder around aimlessly, trying to find that perfect opportunity.
My aim is to make the franchise discovery process as seamless as possible. (Actually, it’s my goal.)
Goal #1- Budget

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6 Tips to Rein in Spending and Be a Lean Start-Up

Mon, 2012-11-05 07:38

The average cost of starting a business is $30,000, according to a 2009 study by the Kauffman Foundation. But whether your cash comes from savings or financing, watching how you spend your money is critical to the success of your venture. This means establishing boundaries and habits that ensure you spend your money wisely and operate as a lean start-up.
Here are six ways to rein in spending as you start and grow your business:
Work from Home, Co-Working Spaces or Serviced Office Space

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Resources Available to Help You Recover from Hurricane Sandy

Fri, 2012-11-02 17:15

Here are federal resources
available to you and your family as we all work together to recover from Sandy.
These links will help connect you with assistance for yourself, your family and
your business, health and safety guidelines, ways you can make donations and
volunteer, and information about what the government is doing to help.

Government Resources to Help You Recover from Hurricane Sandy

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In Sandy's Aftermath: NOAA Operations Underway to Re-Open Shipping Lanes, Assess Coastal Damage

Fri, 2012-11-02 16:00

NOAA post-storm response operations are
underway in the aftermath of Sandy. NOAA vessels are now conducting surveys to
speed the re-opening of waterways and aircraft are flying missions to capture
detailed imagery of coastal storm damage along affected portions of the U.S.
East Coast. 

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Join SBA and Microsoft in Portland, Oregon for a Tweetup

Fri, 2012-11-02 14:15

Microsoft and the U.S. Small Business Administration are teaming up to host a Tweetup for Portland area small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn about business resources in the community. The event is open to mom-and-pops, tech startups, and everything in between - just bring your tweeting (or other social media) skills.

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On Measuring Social Media ROI For Real Business

Fri, 2012-11-02 02:27

Warning: this post is all about the questions. It doesn’t include the answers. Asking the right questions is a good first step to getting the answers.
Theoretically we should be able to measure the ROI (return on investment) of anything we do in our business. We talk about ROI, and return, and payback when we look at an ad campaign, direct mail, product development, purchasing some big-ticket item. We make assumptions about ROI all the time. But it’s not always easy, and our assumptions are not always correct.

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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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