Today, the Obama Administration is launching a new online platform, BusinessUSA, to help small businesses and exporters of all sizes find information about available federal programs without having to waste time and resources navigating the federal bureaucracy.
BusinessUSA, currently in “beta”, combines information and services from 10 different government agencies through one consolidated website and coordinate telephone support through a single 800#. The site already presents hundreds of business resources, in one place.
In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama set
a goal of doubling exports by the end of 2014 – an increase that will support
two million additional jobs here at home. In a time when millions of Americans
are out of work, boosting U.S. exports is a short-term imperative because
exports support millions of good, high-paying American jobs. And for companies
looking to expand, looking beyond our borders only makes sense because 95% of
the world’s customers are outside our borders.
Guest blog post by Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, International Trade AdministrationThis week I’m in Singapore leading a delegation of fifteen small and medium sized U.S. aerospace companies to the 2012 Singapore Air Show. The delegation is part of the overall presence of U.S. companies at the U.S. International Pavilion, which this year featured more than 70 companies, 27 of whom are first time exhibitors. In total, more than 170 U.S.Read More
Today Secretary Bryson returned to his home city and led a roundtable with Los Angeles-area businesses about trade with China. Bryson delivered the message that the U.S. and China need greater balance in our trade and economic relationship – and a level playing field for American businesses. To ensure a level playing field, the President has requested funding for an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center coordinated through Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.Read More
One of the Chief
Architects of the Obama Administration's
Bottom-Up Innovation Strategies, U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant
Secretary for Economic Development John R. Fernandez to Return to Private
Sector to Promote Innovation, Job Creation and Global CompetitivenessU.S.
Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Economic Development John R.
Fernandez has spent the last two and a half years – amid the most severe
economic downturn in generations – successfully guiding the Economic
Yesterday, two NTIA Recovery Act broadband grantees were among 11 local leaders from across the country honored at the White House as “Champions of Change.” Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC, and Donald Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network Inc, were recognized for using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure.Read More
Right now, small businesses across America pay an average of 18 percent more to provide health insurance than large businesses. While the insurance exchanges included in the Affordable Care Act will bring these costs down starting in 2014, we need to make it easier for small business owners to provide insurance to their employees right now. One important part of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal expands a tax credit that does exactly that.
Yesterday, Acting Deputy U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank traveled to Flint, Michigan, to tour the factory floor at Genesee Packaging, Inc., along with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Genesee Packaging President and CEO Willie Artis, and other employees. Her visit followed the release of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request Monday, where the president laid out his blueprint for an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers.Following the tour, Blank highlighted investments in the new budget proposal that will support U.S.Read More
Great customer service is a small business’s best marketing tool. If you want your customers to be loyal to your business, show them some love by providing outstanding customer service.
Just how important is customer service to a business’s success? In a survey last year by American Express, 70 percent of consumers said they would be willing to pay higher prices if a company offered great customer service. And 81 percent believed that generally, small businesses provide better customer service than big businesses do.
How are you backing up your small business data? If you are like most small businesses, you could be compromising your business and its data on a daily basis.
A 2011 survey by Carbonite, a provider of online backup solutions, found some facts about data loss that may surprise you: