Are you a veteran transitioning from active service and want to become an entrepreneur? Or perhaps you’ve been out of the service for some time and want to start a new small business or expand an existing one?
I’ve just finished a two-month period in which I’ve read more than 50 business plans as part of my role as judge of several major national business plan competitions and as managing investor of my local angel investment group. And I like reading business plans, so it wasn’t a sacrifice. But it did remind me that every so often, it’s good to go back to the five important fundamental principles of good business planning.
1. Form follows function
Public is invited to try beta version of MyNOAAChartsAs recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, Commercee's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot.Read More
U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today honored 57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services at the 2013 President’s “E” Awards ceremony. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the “E” Awards, which recognize significant contributions to increasing American exports. Today’s set of honorees, many of which are small and medium-sized enterprises, was the largest group in three decades to receive this distinguished award.Winners of the 2013 “E” Awards represent diverse communities from 22 states across the country.Read More
Looking to start or grow your high-tech entrepreneurial venture? Need financing to help fund research and development (R&D) efforts and realize your business potential? The U.S. federal government can help!
In fact, in 2012, nearly 5,000 small businesses received over $1.8 billion in federal government grants and contracts to help them carry out the R&D necessary to develop and bring high-tech products to market.
So how can your small business get in on the act? Here’s what you need to know:
What Can the Government Do for the High-Tech Small Business Sector?
Exports are critical to supporting American jobs and helping U.S.
businesses grow. Increasing international trade is one of the Commerce
Department’s top priorities. U.S. Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank
wraps up her week-long Latin American trade mission in Panama this week which
highlighted the importance of the bilateral trade relationship between the two
countries. In her remarks before the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Panama today, Acting Secretary
Blank marked the success of the U.S. Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA),
a part of her trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama this week, Acting
Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank met today with Jorge Quijano, Panama Canal
Administrator, and Roberto Roy, President of the Panama Canal Board and the
Panama City Subway, to discuss the Panama Canal Expansion Project and
infrastructure spending related to Panama City’s Metro Rail Project. These
meetings aim to strengthen longstanding U.S.-Panama ties by promoting greater cooperation between the two countries
on infrastructure development.
On the heels of Travel and Tourism Week, Acting
Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited the Consular Section at the U.S.
Embassy in Colombia today as part of the trade mission she is leading this week
to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama.
Did you know that the world’s population already surpasses 7 billion?
Did you know that more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States?
U.S. exports of goods and services accounted for 14 percent of the national GDP in 2008 and climbed to 14 percent in 2012. These numbers show the growing role exports are playing in our nation’s economic recovery.
NOTE: This blog is by Pravina Raghavan, Director, Innovation and Technology at SBA.