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Don’t Get Scammed Just Because You Want to Get Into SAM

Wed, 2012-12-05 15:18

 
You can count on it, just like clockwork: when a new federal program or interface or system is put in place, someone is going to try to squeeze some extra cash out of people who want to use it. 
Here at SBA HQ, we’ve heard recently of attempts to do just that to people who want to register their small businesses in the new SAM database.  SAM stands for System for Award Management. 

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NOAA: Arctic Continues to Break Records in 2012

Wed, 2012-12-05 14:30

Becoming warmer, greener region with record losses of summer sea ice and late spring snow The Arctic region continued to break records in 2012—among them the loss of summer sea ice, spring snow cover, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet.

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Franchise Opportunities: Buying Into A Big-Name Brand

Wed, 2012-12-05 08:08

A significant number of the people that I’ve provided franchise advice to over the years have insisted on looking at franchises that have a recognizable brand name.
I understand why they start their franchise business searches with “the brand” in mind, but do you? You will if you read this post.

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Are Your Employees Working Overtime During the Holidays? Understand Overtime Wage Law

Wed, 2012-12-05 07:38

The holidays tend to complicate small business payrolls, what with employees looking to earn a little extra cash and owners needing coverage for extended hours or shifts. But not all employers must pay overtime and not all employees are eligible. Confused? Here’s what you need to know about your obligations as a business owner when it comes to overtime pay.
When is Overtime Due?

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Presidential Proclamation -- Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012

Mon, 2012-12-03 17:30

This week the Minority Business Development Agency will be hosting the 30th Anniversary National Minority Enterprise Development Week and on Friday, November 30, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation about Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012.

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Presidential Proclamation—Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012

Mon, 2012-12-03 17:30

This week the Minority Business Development Agency will be hosting the 30th Anniversary National Minority Enterprise Development Week and on Friday, November 30, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation about Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2012.

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12 Last-Minute, Low-Cost Holiday Marketing Tips for Your Small Business

Mon, 2012-12-03 07:39

The holiday season is crunch time for all of us – whether you’ve got gifts to buy or gifts to sell.
If you’re a small business owner facing the busy holiday shopping and dining days ahead, here are some last-minute tips to help you maximize your holiday sales.
Fine Tune your Holiday Online Campaign
‘Tis the season of countless email offers, but there are still last-minute steps you can take to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few tips for an effective “holiday countdown” online marketing campaign:

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Expanding access to new markets in Sub-Saharan Africa for American businesses

Fri, 2012-11-30 16:30

Guest
blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca
Blank

During the last week I’ve been in South and East Africa to
advance key elements of President Obama’s “Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa,”
focusing on the promotion of economic
growth, trade and investment in the continent.

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In Praise of the Lean Business Plan

Fri, 2012-11-30 12:10

Confession: I wish I’d come up with the term lean startup. I love the term and, for that matter, the idea behind it. Credit for that goes to Eric Ries, author of the book The Lean Startup, and Steve Blank, blogger, entrepreneur, and sometimes professor (at Stanford and Berkeley both, no less, which I guess is also a feat) who’s adapted it and popularized it along with Eric.  If you’re curious, here is the Wikipedia definition:

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Sandy Update 3: Top Five Reasons You're Eligible to Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance

Thu, 2012-11-29 13:26

A month after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, homeowners, renters and businesses are dealing with the challenging task of rebuilding their homes, businesses and communities.

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