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Affordable Care Act, Jobs, and Employer-Sponsored Insurance: A Look at the Evidence

Tue, 2013-04-02 19:46

Note: This article is by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and was first published on the official blog of .
Since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, health care cost growth has been lower than in the past – and lower than was projected when the law passed almost three years ago.

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US Global Business Solutions: US Government Solutions for Small Business Exporters

Tue, 2013-04-02 14:00

When the President challenged the nation to double exports in five years, U.S. government agencies started working more closely together to make it easier for businesses to access foreign market opportunities and for lenders to provide the financing that exporters need.

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2012 Peace Through Commerce Medal Award Recipients Announced

Mon, 2013-04-01 15:00

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez announced the nine individuals and organizations that are recipients of the International Trade Administration’s 2012 Peace through Commerce Medal Award.The award recognizes an individual, group, or organization, either domestic or abroad, whose actions have significantly promoted and developed U.S. export initiatives, encouraged innovative approaches, and improved overall U.S.

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What Home-Office Deductions Can Your Small Business Claim and How?

Mon, 2013-04-01 07:38

More than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home, and with this year’s tax season deadlines fast approaching, you may be wondering if your business qualifies for the deduction.
To help business owners understand more about this important deduction, SBA sat down with IRS tax expert, Phyllis Grimes, about what is and what isn’t deductible. This interview is part of a series of short online videos hosted on SBA’s Small Business Learning Center, which offer tips and facts about all aspects of business financing.
Here’s what you need to know.

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Need Exporting Assistance? Small Business Development Centers Can Help

Fri, 2013-03-29 13:25

Have you considered the potential for selling your products or services outside the U.S.?  Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an SBA resource partner, can help you get started.
The many international trade services offered by individual SBDCs vary, but most often include:

Product/Service Readiness:  Determine if your products or services are suitable for export, and what product adaptations may be required.

Export Readiness: Learn if your company meets the key export readiness factors or, what you need to do to become ready.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator

Fri, 2013-03-29 10:00

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Dr. Kathryn D.

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How to Finance Your Export Sales

Thu, 2013-03-28 19:42

As I covered in my pervious blog,  How to Get Paid for Your Export Sales, each of the four international methods of payments which include cash-in-advance, letter-of-credit, documentary collections and open account can have an impact on your company’s financing needs when filling overseas orders. Those needs can be broken down into either pre-shipment or post-shipment working capital.

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A Chance to Comment on Commerce’s Report on Cybersecurity Incentives

Thu, 2013-03-28 13:00

As part of the Executive
Order  signed by President Obama last month directing agencies to use
their existing authorities and work with the private sector to better protect
our nation’s power, water, and other critical systems, the Commerce Department
is preparing a report on ways to incentivize companies and organizations to
improve their cybersecurity.  To better understand what stakeholders
–  such as companies, trade associations, academics and others – believe
would best serve as incentives, the Department has released a series of

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Spotlight on Commerce: Geovette Washington, Deputy General Counsel

Thu, 2013-03-28 10:30

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Spotlight on Commerce: Geovette Washington, Deputy General CounselServing as Deputy General Counsel in the Department of Commerce has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in my career. The people with whom I have worked over the last three years are outstanding. The issues I have dealt with are interesting, challenging, and critical to the Department’s work.

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Spiffing Up Your Place with the Help of Uncle Sam

Thu, 2013-03-28 08:58

There is little doubt that customers respond positively to the attractiveness of your workplace. In addition, it’s been *found that being in a good environment helps to motivate employees and adds to productivity. Improvements to your workspace may be modest or substantial, depending on your needs and your pocketbook. Either way, Uncle Sam can help defray the costs with tax write-offs. Here’s what you need to know.
Deducting repairs

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