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New SBA Online Course Targets Green Entrepreneurs; Offers Tips on Adopting Green Business

Wed, 2012-09-12 12:37

A new focus on environmental responsibility is making it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to “make a difference.” There’s not only a huge variety of organic and eco-friendly products on retail store shelves to help Americans protect our ecosystem, but there are also vast new opportunities open to entrepreneurs who can provide green products to consumers.
This is more than a passing fad. This is big business for environmentally minded entrepreneurs. You can make your business greener and develop products and services to help others make theirs greener.

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2011 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States Report

Wed, 2012-09-12 11:15

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its report on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States in 2011. As we continue to fight back from the worst economic crisis since
the Great Depression, the Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage report
released today provides further evidence of how critical it is that we
implement policies that benefit and create security for struggling families and
our middle class—and not just the wealthiest Americans. 

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5 Tax Breaks to Help See You through a Storm or Other Devastating Event

Wed, 2012-09-12 09:42

Every year, countless businesses across the country experience hurricanes, blizzards, power outages, fires, tornados, and other events that can temporarily disrupt activities and, in some cases, put them out of business. For instance, in *2010, there were 98,000 fires to nonresidential structures, resulting in $2.6 billion in property damage. Hopefully, business owners are smart enough to carry adequate insurance to offset their property losses and have business recovery plans that enable them to function again.

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Selling Your Business? You May Need to Negotiate a Non-Compete Agreement

Wed, 2012-09-12 04:15

Non-compete agreements are commonplace in the workplace, particularly in specialist industries. However, their enforceability varies from state-to-state. California, for example, prohibits them entirely.
But non-competes can also come into play when you sell your business, particularly if you have plans to stay in the same industry. These agreements protect the new business owner against you opening a similar business for a certain amount of time, usually in the same geographic area.

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New SizeUp Tool Delivers Free Customized Business Analysis to Small Businesses

Tue, 2012-09-11 12:19

In today's challenging economic environment, where small businesses create two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., help for small businesses is more critical than ever before. A key foundation of success in business is to leverage data analysis to discover insights and make smarter decisions. Delivering these types of services online provides the greatest opportunity to reach the most businesses. That's why SBA has made available SizeUp, an online small business support service that can deliver customized business analysis to an unlimited number of businesses.

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Acting Secretary Blank cut the ribbon at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago

Tue, 2012-09-11 11:00

Yesterday, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca
Blank traveled to Chicago, Illinois to deliver remarks
at the International Manufacturing Technology
Show (IMTS), hosted by the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Acting
Secretary Blank discussed the importance of manufacturing to boosting U.S.
economic growth, job creation and exports and highlighted the administration's
continuing efforts to build things here and sell them everywhere.

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NOAA: Contiguous U.S. Experiences Third-Hottest Summer on Record

Mon, 2012-09-10 13:30

Warm and dry conditions continue in August; Isaac brings heavy rain to Gulf Coast and some drought relief to the MidwestThe average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the long term average, marking the 16th warmest August on record. The warmer than average August, in combination with the hottest July and a warmer than average June, contributed to the third hottest summer on record since recordkeeping began in 1895.The summer season's (June-August) nationally-averaged temperature was 74.4°F, 2.3°F above the 20th century average.

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How Technology can Help You Save Money on Business Travel

Mon, 2012-09-10 05:11

Is business travel critical to your small business success – but hurting your cash flow?
According to a recent travel trends survey by American Airlines, 93 percent of small and medium-sized business travel managers surveyed said that face-to-face meetings are either crucial or helpful to the success of their business.

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USPTO Hosts Webinar to Discuss Provisions of the America Invents Act that Become Effective on September 16, 2012

Fri, 2012-09-07 16:45

In just 9 days, many provisions related to the biggest change in U.S. patent law since the 19th century go into effect, and the senior leadership of the United States Patent and Trademark Office spoke about them in an online webinar this afternoon.

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Largest U.S. Education Services Mission Reaches Thousands of Potential Students in Brazil

Fri, 2012-09-07 11:30

Education fairs in Brasília, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro promote higher education in the United StatesU.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez this week concluded the Commerce Department’s largest education services trade mission in history in Rio de Janeiro. Sánchez and representatives from 66 U.S. colleges and university introduced more than 7,500 Brazilian students and parents to educational programs and opportunities for study in the United States during education fairs and meetings in Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de “These distinguished U.S.

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