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Urban Economic Forum- Helping Small Businesses Start, Grow and Create Jobs

Tue, 2012-03-20 12:47

Earlier this month, over 300 participants joined the White House Business Council and SBA for the Urban Economic Forum in Birmingham, AL which connected entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national resources they need to start, grow and create jobs.  The Urban Economic Forum is a multi-city series designed to help urban small business owners create an economy built to last. On Thursday, March 22, we’re taking the Urban Economic Forum to Los Angeles, CA.

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Building Ecosystems of Manufacturing Innovation

Mon, 2012-03-19 15:59

America is adding manufacturing jobs for the first time since the 1990s. We have created 440,000 good manufacturing jobs over the past two years, and we know that small businesses are leading the charge here. They create about two-thirds of net new jobs in the country, and more than a third of all manufacturing employees work for a small business.

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Meet David Leonard, Assisting in the Startup and Expansion of Small Businesses in Nevada

Mon, 2012-03-19 13:00

Meet David Leonard, Branch Manager, Office of Economic Development, Nevada District Office
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses,
what do you say?
My mission is to create jobs by assisting in the startup and expansion of small
businesses. I accomplish this mission with a wide variety of SBA programs and
services which are invaluable to the survival and success of small firms in Nevada
outside Clark County. I work to ensure that small businesses, financial institutions,

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5 Tips for Setting Your Salary as Business Owner

Mon, 2012-03-19 07:39

If you’re a sole proprietor with no employees and very little business overhead, what you pay yourself is pretty much what you earn in sales minus your costs and taxes. But what happens when your business grows, or you enter a partnership, or take on employees – how do you determine what your salary should be?
As a business owner, setting your own salary can be a tricky task, especially in markets that see highs and lows. Here are a few tips to help you determine the best way to "pay the boss.”
No Magic Formula

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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson Highlights Manufacturing and Exports in Florida

Fri, 2012-03-16 17:00

week, U.S. Commerce Secretary and former CEO John Bryson traveled to Florida to
meet with local business leaders and discuss his priorities for supporting
advanced manufacturing and encouraging exports. On Thursday evening, Bryson
delivered remarks
to the National Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors dinner in Boca
Raton, Fla. Friday morning, he visited the Port of Miami and took a tour of
Pavilion Furniture, a Miami Gardens, Fla.  company that is working with

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U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement Provides Opportunities for U.S. Export Businesses

Thu, 2012-03-15 12:00

The United States-Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS Agreement) enters into effect today, reducing tariffs on almost all U.S. industrial exports to South Korea and making it easier for U.S. exporters to successfully compete in the Korean market.With the implementation of the KORUS Agreement, tariffs will immediately be eliminated on almost 80 percent of U.S. exports to Korea.Tariffs will also be reduced on other industrial exports that are not made automatically duty-free—the average tariff rate on U.S. industrial exports to South Korea will be reduced from 6.2 percent to 1.1 percent.

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Risk of Major Flooding in Spring is Low for the First Time in Four Years

Thu, 2012-03-15 11:45

Drought lingers in southern Plains and Southeast, expands in West and upper MidwestFor the first time in four years, no area of the country faces a high risk of major to record spring flooding, largely due to the limited winter snowfall, according to NOAA’s annual Spring Outlook, which forecasts the potential for flooding from April to June. “We’re not forecasting a repeat of recent historic and prolonged flooding in the central and northern U.S., and that is a relief,” said Laura Furgione, deputy director, NOAA’s National Weather Service.

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US-Korea Trade Agreement Opens Big Market for Small Businesses

Thu, 2012-03-15 10:00

The US- Korea trade agreement, which takes effect today, is a major win for America’s small businesses.  A key part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, this historic agreement provides businesses with greater access to a fast growing market and more opportunities to create jobs.   It is estimated that the tariff cuts in the agreement will support 70,000 American jobs.

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Women Business Owners – Find the Help You Need to Start Up and Grow

Thu, 2012-03-15 07:22

There’s no doubt about it, women are a rising force in American entrepreneurship. Here are some fast facts on women-owned businesses:

The latest Census data indicates that 7.8 million U.S. businesses are owned by women. This represents a stunning 44% increase from 1997-2007, twice the growth rate of men-owned businesses.

Women-owned firms now make up close to a third (29%) of all nonfarm businesses across the country.

These firms generate a total of $1.2 trillion annually and employ 7.6 million people.

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How to Profit From Seasonal and Holiday Promotions All Year Long

Thu, 2012-03-15 04:06

You know Daylight Savings Time just started and that St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. You might even know that it’s Women’s History Month. But did you know it’s also National Crafts Month? Or that the 21st is Kick Butt Day and the 23rd is National Puppy Day? If not, you’re probably not taking full advantage of the power of seasonal and holiday promotions.

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