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From Small Business Administration Blog
Wed, 2013-07-17 13:18

The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are launching the Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar series.  Each week, SBA representatives will walk through the key pieces of the law so that small business owners can understand the facts and make the most informed decisions they can about providing health insurance for their employees.
This free series will focus on both federal and state provisions to help small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include:

From Department of Commerce Blog
Wed, 2013-07-17 12:00

The
President has been clear that Republicans in Congress should work with
Democrats to finish a budget that cuts wasteful spending while investing in
jobs, the economy, and middle class families. Until Congress reaches a
budget agreement, the President will not sign individual appropriations bills
that simply attempt to enact the House Republican budget into law. That would
hurt our economy and make draconian cuts to middle class priorities.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Wed, 2013-07-17 09:45

Guest blog post by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

As
an entrepreneur and businesswoman, I have first-hand experience with the data,
information, services and resources the Commerce Department provides.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Tue, 2013-07-16 14:03

At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we know that health is one of the top concerns for small business owners across the country.  Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the Obama Administration has been hard at work implementing key policies that are already helping make health care more affordable and accessible for America’s small business owners--and more progress is on the way.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Tue, 2013-07-16 00:53

You work hard to market your business, and you’ve succeeded—so well that you’re swamped with work and have no time to market your business. When you come up for air after finally finishing that big project or filling that huge order, you realize you’ve got no new business in the pipeline. Does this sound familiar? Striking a balance between running your business and marketing your business is a common problem for small business owners. The smaller or newer your business is, the bigger a problem it’s likely to be.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Mon, 2013-07-15 16:54

Note: This blog is by Pravina Raghavan, Director, SBA Office of Investments & Innovation
On Friday, July 19, 16 diverse business accelerators from across the country will gather at Washington, D.C. accelerator, 1776, to pitch their programs as part of the inaugural Accelerator Demo Day--jointly organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Global Accelerator Network (GAN). 

From Department of Commerce Blog
Mon, 2013-07-15 16:30

Since taking office two weeks ago, Secretary Penny Pritzker has made it clear that engaging with the business community is a top priority.  Her commitment to this effort is evidenced by recent calls to top CEOs: Jim McNerney, President and CEO of Boeing, and Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation.Given her extensive experience in the private sector, Secretary Pritzker understands not only the importance of the Department establishing close ties with the business community, but more importantly what can be learned from meeting with local business leaders (both large and small companies).

From Small Business Administration Blog
Mon, 2013-07-15 14:58

According to the 2013 AT&T Small Business Technology Poll, which surveyed 1,000 small businesses nationwide, 66 percent of respondents plan to invest as much or more in digital marketing – websites, social media and online advertisements – as they did last year. And more than 80 percent of those surveyed will also continue investing in traditional word-of-mouth marketing to increase awareness and visibility the old-fashioned way.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Mon, 2013-07-15 12:25

Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. Biometric Data Specifications for Personal Identity Verification (Special Publication 800-76-2) adds iris images as biometric identifiers and on-card fingerprint comparison as options for the cards.A PIV card is a government-issued smart card used by federal employees and contractors to access government facilities and computer networks.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Mon, 2013-07-15 08:03

Social media may have the lowest cost of entry of any marketing tool, but is not actually that easy to do well. In fact, a report by eMarketer found that small businesses are struggling to adopt social media, with only 24 percent of small firms having integrated social media in a structured way into their operations.
Knowing where to start is perhaps the number one obstacle holding many small business owners back. Knowing what to do when you get there is next.

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