When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say? I say I work for the Small Business Administration and we are the best resource for someone starting or growing a business. Our SBA office partners with the SCORE Association and we have a counselor in our office every day between the hours of 9 and 3 who will sit down and listen to your idea and thoughts. I can mail you a free startup kit that contains valuable information for starting or developing a business. Here is my card, call me!
When we think of holiday marketing – which can be critical to your business success – we often think only of promotions and discounts. But you don’t have to cut your margins or break the bank to stand out from the crowd any more. Here are seven budget-friendly steps you should consider to promote your small business while meeting the needs of your customers this holiday season.
Host an “Open House”
Thinking of incorporating your business? Have questions about which business entity is right for you – limited liability company (LLC), S Corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor? Maybe you’re moving out of state and aren’t sure what happens to your business entity? For answers to these and other important facts about business incorporation, check out these 10 frequently asked questions:
What’s the best option for small business owners, an LLC or an S Corporation?
Did you know 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside the US? Are you a small business manufacturer? Have you considered exporting your goods? The “Made in the USA” brand is strong and there’s a huge market out there for your products.
All that is great, but how can you break into the global market, grow and be successful? The Small Business Administration can help you.
SBA’s mission is to help business start, grow and succeed – this includes helping small business exporters and companies that want to export.
All indicators point to a solid 2012 holiday season for retailers. The National Retail Federation points to one key indicator, its Global Port Tracker report, which showed a strong increase in imports for August, September and October – the three key months of the year when retailers buy the bulk of the merchandise they will sell during the holiday season.
Good news! But what if the holiday season is not your big selling season? For many businesses, particularly summer-seasonal businesses, the winter holiday season can bring a dive in sales and cash flow issues.
Small businesses are becoming a larger target for criminals seeking to access sensitive data because attackers are well aware that small businesses have limited resources or personnel dedicated to information system security. In an effort to combat cyber-attacks, the Department of Homeland Security established October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month to educate the public about cyber security and to prepare the nation in the event of a cyber-incident.
Here are 9 steps your business can take to improve your cyber security:
According to Wikipedia an asset can be defined as a resource controlled by an entity as a result of past events and from which future economic benefits are expected to flow to the entity.
Many startups rely on the use of personal assets to secure funding for the business. Although money is often tight during the early stages, the goal of a small business owner should be to not only increase sales revenues but to build the company’s creditworthiness.
Are you worried you’re not getting tangible results from your email campaigns? Wish your emails stood out more in a crowded Inbox? Email marketing is a core asset in any lead generation activity or campaign, even a good old email newsletter usually has one or more calls to action. But if you’re finding that your click-through rates are falling short, what can you do?
Here are eight tips to help you get strengthen your emails and get customer to act.
Start with a robust and engaged list
Are you self-employed and trying to understand your retirement savings plan options? Are you perhaps an employer who wants to offer your employees a retirement savings plan program?
There are many ways to fund a retirement plan. In some cases, employers contribute. In others, employees or both (employer and employee) contribute. If you have no employees, your options are different again. The program you choose may dictate which options are available.