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Selling Online – Is It a Hobby or a Business?

Wed, 2012-03-07 07:37

Are you doing business on the Internet? Selling on eBay? Promoting or advertising someone else’s products on your website or blog?
Online money-making opportunities are plentiful – from selling your old books via online auction to promoting products and services for online merchants, or becoming an online merchant yourself. But at what point does this mean you are in business yourself and, since you are making money online, what are your tax and regulatory obligations?

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8 Ways to Develop Online Content for Your Business – Even if You Hate to Write

Tue, 2012-03-06 10:57

These days, “content marketing” is a hot online marketing strategy. But why does the thought of sitting down to write an article strike fear into the hearts of so many small business owners? To hear some people talk, it ranks right up there with public speaking as an anxiety inducer.

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National Consumer Protection Week: Spotlight on Privacy

Mon, 2012-03-05 16:00

President Obama declared
March 4-10, 2012 as National Consumer
Protection Week, building on a coordinated effort that encourages consumers
nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make
better-informed decisions. The Commerce Department is using this occasion
to showcase the efforts of our Internet
Policy Task Force, which is leveraging the expertise of several Commerce
bureaus that are aimed at ensuring continued innovation in the Internet economy

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How To Calculate and Make Estimated Tax Payments

Mon, 2012-03-05 07:54

As a new business owner, understanding your tax obligations is critical and one of the first requirements you’ll need to understand are estimated tax payments.
What are estimated taxes? Who must pay them and how? Below are some facts from the IRS Estimated Tax Guide to help new small business owners understand their estimated tax obligations.
What Are Estimated Taxes?

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Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank Swears In Nine New Patent Judges to Help Reduce Patent Backlogs

Thu, 2012-03-01 18:45

Guest blog post by Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca BlankAs part of our ongoing efforts to make government more accountable to the American people and cut wasteful spending, this afternoon I had the honor of swearing in nine new administrative patent judges who will help reduce patent backlogs. These nine talented and dynamic individuals will serve on the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in the U.S.

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March 1: Anniversary of Census Act of 1790

Thu, 2012-03-01 17:00

Today is the anniversary of Congress passing the Census Act of 1790. President George Washington signed the law, which authorized the collection of population data by U.S. Marshals. Although the act included the specific inquiries marshals asked at each home they visited, they did not receive printed forms on which to record the data. Marshals used their own paper and designed their own forms—a practice followed until the U.S.

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How to Choose the Best Location for Your Business

Thu, 2012-03-01 10:04

Written by Caron Beesley
Whether it’s Main Street or Silicon Valley, your business location can mean the difference between success and failure. But more than that, your business location is the linchpin for your reputation, your brand, and your profits.

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Five Due Diligence Questions That Are Worth Asking Before You Buy That Franchise

Thu, 2012-03-01 08:55

Before you write out a check for $30,000 (the average amount of the upfront franchise fee), it’s important to ask lots of questions.
Some are questions that you can only ask yourself; they’re the ones that have to do with courage. I really can’t help you with those.
But, I can help you learn which ones you need to ask the franchisees when you’re calling them to learn more about the opportunity.
The Five 

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Urban Economic Forum: Helping Entrepreneurs Create an Economy Built to Last

Wed, 2012-02-29 17:20

Earlier this month, the White House Business Council and SBA held an Urban Economic Forum in New York City to help small businesses create an economy built to last. The Urban Economic Forum is a multi-city series designed to connect urban entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national resources and networks they need to start, grow and create jobs.  The next city we are hitting up is Birmingham, Alabama on March 5.

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Six Elements Every Partnership Agreement Needs.

Wed, 2012-02-29 09:10

So you want to go into business with someone. Good for you. Maybe your potential partner is a family member, long-time friend, investor or business associate. Whatever the relationship, the start of a partnership is much like the beginning of a romantic relationship. The parties are euphoric and it may seem as though nothing could go amiss. Time for a strong dose of reality.  

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