NOAA announces two additional severe weather events reached $1 billion damage threshold, raising 2011’s billion-dollar disaster count from 12 to 14 eventsAccording to NOAA scientists, 2011 was a record-breaking year for climate extremes, as much of the United States faced historic levels of heat, precipitation, flooding and severe weather, while La Niña events at both ends of the year impacted weather patterns at home and around the world.NOAA’s annual analysis of U.S.Read More
Speaking about his own incredible path to business success, Microsoft’s Bill Gates once said: “We were young, but we had good advice and good ideas and lots of enthusiasm.”
There’s no doubt that good ideas and enthusiasm are among the vital traits for successful entrepreneurs, but, as Gates says, getting “good advice” is also essential.
Wouldn’t it be great to be known as an expert in your industry? One of those sources who customers, reporters and other business owners turn to for help and advice? Well, if you’ve been running your business for any length of time, the good news is you already are an expert in your industry—you just need to let other people know about it. Try these suggestions to build your reputation as an expert and burnish your business’s image.
So you’re starting a business, but what are you going to call it?
Choosing a business name is an important step in the business planning process. Not only should you pick a name that reflects your brand identity, but you also need to ensure it’s properly registered and protected for the long term, and give a thought to whether it’s web-ready. Is the domain name even available?
So where do you start? Here are some tips to help you pick, register, and protect your business name – online and offline.
Pick a Name That Reflects Your Business Plan
Information returns are tax-reporting forms required to be submitted to the IRS. In turn, the IRS uses the information to cross-check reporting by taxpayers. According to the IRS’ annual enforcement report, information returns greatly increase the compliance rate; taxpayers generally report on their returns the income that is reported to them on information returns, while there is considerable underreporting of income not reflected on information returns. Being in business means you must issue certain information returns and that you will receive certain information returns.Read More
Health insurance costs are a constant concern for small business owners. In the past year employers paid a larger share of their workers’ health care premiums than ever before, and premiums increased by 9 percent, and many small businesses reported even steeper hikes.
According to a 2011 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust, the average cost of family health care coverage is $15,073, with workers paying $4,129 toward their premiums and employers paying the remaining $10,944.
This morning, Secretary Bryson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa worked alongside hundreds of volunteers revitalizing and installing a garden at Los Feliz Elementary School in Los Angeles. The event, which was organized by the non-profit action center LA Works, was focused on using community service as a way of commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was one of many activities across the country that are part of the annual MLK Day of Service.Secretary Bryson reminded everyone that the legacy of Dr.Read More
Today was an important day for America's small businesses. President Obama asked Congress for the authority to reorganize and modernize government and he elevated my position as the SBA Administrator to Cabinet-level status.
These actions are a reflection of the importance he places on small business, economic growth, and job creation.
Guest blog post by John Bryson, Secretary of Commerce. Cross-posted at Chamber Post.Today, the President announced his plan to ask Congress for the
authority to reorganize and consolidate the government so we can provide
more effective, efficient services to the American people. He wants
this authority, which Presidents had until it lapsed in 1984, so that we
can modernize our structure to better compete in the global economy and
maximize services for the American people. And the first priority
On Thursday, Acting Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank visited the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where she delivered opening remarks and participated in a panel discussion. The panel, titled “Getting Us Back on Track: How Technology and Innovation Can Save America” focused on the integral role innovation and technology play to the U.S. economy.Blank said, “Innovation is crucial to the economy. And while private citizens and private businesses are the primary source of new ideas—from concept to commercialization—the government plays a key role in this effort.Read More