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Starting A Business in a High Growth Industry? Need A Mentor? SBA's New Initiative can Help.

Tue, 2012-04-24 18:19

For the past 50 years at SBA, we’ve always been proud to serve not only “Main Street” small businesses, but also the high-growth startups that drive the lion’s share of net new job creation each year in America. These startup companies often benefit from working with accelerator and university programs where they have access to mentors, untapped opportunities, and networking sessions with local capital and resource providers.  Today, we are launching the Startup America Regional Accelerators and University Initiative with our first convening in New England.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson Delivers Remarks to Silicon Valley Business Leaders

Tue, 2012-04-24 16:30

Commerce Secretary John Bryson delivered remarks and participated in a discussion today at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) annual “CEO Business Climate” Summit at IBM in San Jose, Calif. Bryson focused on the ways the Administration is supporting American competitiveness and innovation.

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U.S. to See Boost in International Tourism

Mon, 2012-04-23 17:00

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson has
announced that the U.S.’ number-one services export, travel and tourism, is
growing stronger, creating jobs and boosting the American economy.

The Secretary announced today that the United States can expect
to see a 4-5 percent average annual growth in tourism over the next five years,
predicting that 65.4 million foreign travelers are projected to visit the
United States in 2012 alone.

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Free Computer Security Workshops for Small Business Owners

Mon, 2012-04-23 14:26

Small businesses around the country can take advantage of free computer security workshops to help strengthen their information security, determine their readiness against security breaches and safeguard their business information from computer attacks. With the growing threat of computer hacking, even against large companies, small businesses should armor themselves.

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NIST: Iris Recognition Report Evaluates 'Needle in Haystack' Search Capability

Mon, 2012-04-23 13:45

Identifying people by acquiring pictures of their eyes is becoming easier, according to a new report from Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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How to Prevent and Detect Business Identity Theft

Mon, 2012-04-23 09:00

Identity theft is a crime that impacts the lives of more than 10 million consumers every year-and the numbers are increasing. It’s hard to imagine that one out of every 20 consumers is at risk of being a victim this year alone.
The cost of identity theft among consumers costs businesses worldwide an estimated $221 billion a year, according to the Aberdeen Group.

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How to Identify and Correct Common Mistakes on Your Small Business Tax Return

Mon, 2012-04-23 07:38

So, you filed your small business tax return and are breathing a sigh of relief that tax season is finally over – only to find that the IRS has just dropped a letter in your mailbox.
While some tax mistakes can carry serious penalties and result in an audit, not all notices from the IRS indicate that an audit is coming your way. It’s quite possible that the IRS needs more information or you may have made an unwitting error when you filed.

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Meet Heather Fern-Luzzi, Helping Small Businesses Start and Grow through SBA’s 7a Loan Program

Fri, 2012-04-20 13:38

When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
I explain that I work for the U.S. Small Business Administration in our Loan Guaranty Processing Center (LGPC). I am very proud of the work we do here assisting small businesses around the country to start, build and grow their businesses through the SBA’s flagship 7a loan program.
What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?
SBA lending is critical to the economic recovery of this country and is the backbone of building America’s future.

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Earth Day 2012: Commerce Saves Trees—and Money—by Cutting Down on Printing

Fri, 2012-04-20 12:40

Guest blog post by Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca BlankEarth Day is here, and Commerce is seeing the positive results of its year-long campaign to “go green” and drive down costs in print. Just this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce’s largest bureau, announced it has removed over one-third of its desktop printers, bringing total savings from the Commerce print project to $4.7 million per year.Commerce spends $25 million annually on print–which includes equipment, paper, toner, energy and services.

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SBA & Dept. of Ed to Host Twitter Q&A Session: Connecting Grads to Resources to Help Them Startup

Thu, 2012-04-19 16:36

Graduation season is right around the corner and to help grads that are looking to start a small business, SBA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a Twitter Q & A Session on April 25 at 2pm EDT connecting soon-to-be grads or recent grads to resources to help them startup, succeed and create an economy built to last.

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