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From Department of Commerce Blog
Wed, 2013-03-27 10:00

Ed. note: This post is part of
the Spotlight on
Commerce series
highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an
Economy Built to Last.

Spotlight on Commerce: Denise Yaag, Director, Office of Executive ResourcesHaving been born and raised in Takoma Park, Maryland, it
could perhaps seem unsurprising that I ended up working for the federal
government.  In fact, I made a very
deliberate choice 26 years ago to dedicate my career to serving my country and
I do not regret that decision to this day. 

From Small Business Administration Blog
Tue, 2013-03-26 11:21

How do you value your business plan? What’s it worth to your business? Here’s how I do it:

I value the business plan by the decisions it causes.

I value a business plan by the money it generates.

I value a business plan by its results.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Tue, 2013-03-26 10:00

Ed. note: This post is part of
the Spotlight on
Commerce series
highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an
Economy Built to Last.

Spotlight on Commerce: Mary Saunders, Associate Director of Management Resources, National Institute of Standards and Technology

From Department of Commerce Blog
Mon, 2013-03-25 13:30

Last week Deputy
Secretary Rebecca Blank traveled
to Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro for the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and other
events aimed at strengthening the economic and commercial ties between the two
nations.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Mon, 2013-03-25 12:10

Ed. note: This post is part of
the Spotlight on
Commerce series
highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an
Economy Built to Last.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Mon, 2013-03-25 07:41

If you are a sole proprietor, any earnings you make or expenses you incur as a business owner are included as part of your individual annual tax return (Form 1040). To calculate exactly what to report on Form 1040, you must itemize all operational income and expenses on one of two forms – Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ.
But which one should you use and how do you file? Here’s what you need to know.
Who Should Use Schedule C?

From Department of Commerce Blog
Fri, 2013-03-22 11:00

Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued the three-month U.S. Spring Outlook, stating that odds favor above-average temperatures across much of the continental United States, including drought-stricken areas of Texas, the Southwest and the Great Plains. Spring promises little drought relief for most of these areas, as well as Florida, with below- average spring precipitation favored there.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Thu, 2013-03-21 15:51

 
Are you a small business certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development or Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone program interested in learning how to better manage your business relationships? 
If so, you’ll be happy to know that the SBA is teaming up with Experian’s Business Information Services, the leading global information services provider, to launch BusinessIQ ExpressSM, an online cash flow management tool for small businesses certified in SBA’s 8(a) Program and HUBZone certified-firms.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Thu, 2013-03-21 12:09

Honesty is the best policy. Adopting an attitude of being clear and upfront has many benefits in life, from reduced stress to better relationships, but it can also be valuable in your business and key to converting leads into real customers. SCORE mentors will tell you that developing an open and honest relationship with your leads is important for several reasons:
- Honesty creates trust. If a lead feels comfortable sharing their needs and concerns, you can address them directly.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Thu, 2013-03-21 07:25

Businesses move for all sorts of reasons. Existing rents may be too high; neighboring anchor tenants may have left; or perhaps you just need a bigger premise for your growing business!
But how can you ensure your existing customers move with you and how can you go about attracting new customers to your new location? Here are six tips:
1. Communicate Pre-Move and Post-Move

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