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Let’s Celebrate National Small Business Week – Together, Online and in your Community!

Thu, 2012-04-05 07:47

Next month our nation’s entrepreneurs will come together in Washington, D.C., and virtually via the Internet for a three-day celebration of National Small Business Week – the 49th straight year.
The centerpiece of a variety of week-long celebrations is the annual National Small Business Week Conference, May 20-22 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Hosted by SBA, the event includes educational forums, networking sessions, and an awards ceremony recognizing the impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners in 2012.

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USTDA Awards Two Clean Energy Grants During India Trade Mission

Wed, 2012-04-04 15:30

Guest blog post by U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)To support India’s plans to improve energy efficiency throughout the country while opening India’s market for increased U.S. exports of clean energy technologies, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) concluded two grant agreements during Secretary Bryson’s five-day infrastructure trade mission to India. The delegation included 16 U.S. companies and three U.S. agencies, including USTDA."India has ambitious energy infrastructure development goals," stated USTDA Regional Director Henry Steingass.

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SBA Surety Bonds, Pt. 3: How Surety Companies Can Partner with SBA

Wed, 2012-04-04 10:23

Are you a surety bond company or authorized surety agent?  Do you underwrite contract surety bonds?  If so, SBA may be a valuable partner to you. 
SBA guarantees surety bonds for small businesses unable to secure a surety bond through other means – and both small businesses and surety companies can benefit from working with SBA.
This, the third blog in our series, helps surety companies and agents understand the benefits of SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program.  For contractor-specific surety bond information, see Part 1 or Part 2.

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USPTO in the 1940s

Wed, 2012-04-04 10:15

Ed. Note: This post is part of a series following the release of
the 1940 Census highlighting various Commerce agencies and their hard work on

Read More Website Focuses on Specific Needs of Small Businesses

Wed, 2012-04-04 10:08

After gathering feedback in small business focus groups in Baltimore, Richmond and Washington D.C., SBA is moving ahead with a series of communication initiatives that highlight how its programs and services can help entrepreneurs. In the process, the agency’s website at is pulling in increased traffic and engaging more entrepreneurs via social media.

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Entrepreneurial Couples – Tax and Legal Considerations for Spouses in Business

Wed, 2012-04-04 07:41

Entrepreneurial couples are very common – the Wall Street Journal says a third of family businesses are husband and wife teams – and they represent a dynamic force in the small business world.
These partnerships can be immensely positive experiences and provide the foundation for a convenient and cost-effective business venture, especially if the marriage is sound in the first place. The flip side, however, can be disastrous.

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Remembering Secretary Ron Brown

Tue, 2012-04-03 17:00

Guest post by Secretary John BrysonToday at the Department of
Commerce, we remember the contributions of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, a
committed public servant who dedicated his life to strengthening America’s
prosperity and making a difference.

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SBA Surety Bonds, Pt. 2: Applying is Easier than You Think

Tue, 2012-04-03 10:44

SBA Surety Bonds, Pt. 2:  Applying is Easier than You Think
Are you a small contractor bidding on work that requires a surety bond?  Or, do you have questions about what a surety bond is, why you might need one, and how to get one?
If so, SBA may be able to help.
SBA guarantees surety bonds for small contractors that might not qualify otherwise – and the process of getting a guarantee is easier and faster than you might think.  In fact, SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees usually reviews applications for bonds within 2 days, processing claims in just 9 days.

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NIST in the 1940s

Tue, 2012-04-03 10:03

Ed. Note: This post is part of a series following the release of
the 1940 Census highlighting various Commerce agencies and their hard work on
behalf of the American people during the 1940s through today.

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Franchisees Need To Have Great Technology At Their Fingertips

Tue, 2012-04-03 08:20

Technology has certainly made an impact in the way we do business these days. It’s practically impossible to run a small business without it.
In the world of franchising, technology is a very important part of the actual business model. A good franchisor with good technology makes it a lot easier to be a franchisee-an owner.
If you’re considering franchise ownership, make sure that you find out what’s being used by the franchise company that you’re thinking of joining. Make sure that the systems in place are designed to help you succeed as a franchisee.

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