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How to Market Your Products at Holiday Crafts Fairs and Flea Markets

Wed, 2012-11-21 10:41

The holiday shopping season is here, and customers are poised to spend more than $586 billion on gifts this year—a 4.1 percent increase over last year. But not all of that action is taking place on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or at the local mall. For smart small businesses whose products have wide appeal, holiday arts and crafts fairs and local flea markets or other outdoor shopping events are great ways to garner additional sales this time of year. To get started, follow these steps.

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SBA is Now Accepting Nominations for 2013 National Small Business Week Awards

Mon, 2012-11-19 15:40

Do you know an outstanding small business deserving of recognition? We are now accepting nominations for the 2013 National Small Business Week Awards, including the prestigious Small Business Person of the Year award.  
Visit to submit your nomination now through January 3, 2013. 
The SBA awards to be given in celebration of National Small Business Week will include:

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How to Price Your Small Business’ Products and Services

Mon, 2012-11-19 07:54

The goal of business is to make a profit. Many small businesses fail at this because they don’t know how to price their products or services, but pricing is the critical element to achieving a profit, a factor that all firms can control.
If you’re a startup or are revisiting your pricing strategy, here are some suggestions from industry experts and small business owners to help you get the price right. 
1) Understand service costs and their impact on pricing

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Shop Small on Saturday, November 24th 2012

Thu, 2012-11-15 23:43

In between the Black Friday sales and the Cyber Monday deals is Small Business Saturday (November 24th) – a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.
Small businesses are the back bone of our communities. And when we shop small, we not only get great products and services, but we support our neighbors and strengthen our local economies.

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Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by Encouraging Small Business Exporting

Thu, 2012-11-15 23:33

This week marks the 5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Week. In our increasingly interconnected global economy, it’s important for American small businesses to have the tools to compete on the world stage. Ninety six percent of the world’s population lives outside of the United States, which represents a huge portion of the world’s buying power. That’s why President Obama set a goal to double exports by 2015. Here at the SBA, and across the Administration, we’ve made it a top priority to achieve this goal.

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How a Good Fico Score Impacts Business Fundability

Thu, 2012-11-15 22:27

One of the benefits to building a creditworthy company is that lenders, creditors and suppliers will determine the level of credit risk based on the company’s creditworthiness rather than that of the owners.
However, there are instances where a lender will require a personal credit check as part of the overall risk assessment. In these cases, it is in the best interest of you, the business owner, to have a positive credit rating with the consumer credit agencies.
If credit scores currently fall below 680, then focus on taking positive steps to improving those numbers.

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Creating the World’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Thu, 2012-11-15 14:08

This week marks the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), an annual initiative taking place around the world with more than 35,000 events in 135 countries.  The events recognize the economic and social contributions of innovative entrepreneurs and bring an unparalleled level of inspiration to those considering a path of entrepreneurship.

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Acting Secretary Blank Visits New Jersey to Meet Business Owners Impacted by Sandy

Thu, 2012-11-15 12:30

On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank traveled to New Jersey where she met with local business leaders for discussions about ongoing efforts to rebuild the region in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. During these conversations, she conveyed that the Commerce Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the administration are focused on providing businesses and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy with all available federal support. In Elizabeth, New Jersey, Acting Secretary Blank met with a group of businesses that were impacted by the storm. Dr.

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NOAA: U.S. Temperature and Precipitation in October Were Near Average

Thu, 2012-11-15 11:30

Sandy breaks records in East as severe drought continues in West, Great PlainsAccording to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center scientists,
the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during October was 53.9°F,
0.3°F below the long-term average. This ends a 16-month streak of above-average
temperatures for the Lower 48 that began in June 2011.The October nationally averaged precipitation total of 2.19 inches
was slightly above the long-term average. The Northwest, Midwest, and Northeast

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How to Use Social Media to Do a Better Job of Customer Service

Thu, 2012-11-15 07:10

Ever emailed or called a company’s customer service department and got no response or a poor response to your comments? Did you instead post a rant on Twitter or Facebook until you got a response? You’re not alone – more and more customers are expecting brands to step up and respond to these posts.

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