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  • Seems like a straight-up question and answer, right? Not really. The government has strict sizing rules and regulations that define what a small business is. Understanding these can help empower small business owners to take advantage of a wide variety of government programs, SBA loans, and...
    Archive - April 09, 2009 - 24 comments
  • The current economic climate has made it increasingly important to the public to track the performance of programs receiving federal funds. People want to know how their tax money is being spent and what the impact is. Are the programs spending the money in the right way? Are they achieving the...
    Archive - April 08, 2009 - 0 comments
  • Hiring and managing employees involves complying with a number of labor laws – from discrimination to workplace safety. Business.gov and the U.S. Department of Labor provide a number of online tools and resources to help small business owners understand their requirements and how to comply...
    Archive - April 07, 2009 - 11 comments
  • Regardless of background, the most important factor in securing small business financing is a strong business plan. Having a good understanding of your business needs and a clear path to fulfill them is a great start to obtaining financial help to start or expand a business. Keeping that in...
    Archive - April 02, 2009 - 10 comments
  • As a small business owner you can pretty much guarantee that for whichever stage of business operation you are going through - hiring your first employee, filing your first W2, or applying for a loan - there is going to be a barrage of forms requiring your attention. Speaking from experience,...
    Archive - April 02, 2009 - 26 comments
  • Well, its been a little over a month now since we opened the doors to the Business.gov Small Business Community and the interest and level of participation has exceeded all of our expectations. A few stats for the numerically inclined - since launching we have: Over 2,000 registered members -...
    Archive - March 31, 2009 - 0 comments
  • From Bill Hewlett and David Packard, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, even Ben and Jerry - some of the biggest success stories in recent business history have hinged on collaborative business partnerships. Asides from aspiring to blaze a trail in the mode of these history makers,...
    Archive - March 31, 2009 - 33 comments
  • With more parents working full time jobs, the demand for child care programs is extremely high; unfortunately, that demand heavily outweighs the current supply. There simply aren't enough programs to accommodate the millions of children that require care. Considering simple laws of supply and...
    Archive - March 27, 2009 - 7 comments
  • As most entrepreneurs soon find out, the cost of starting or expanding your small business can quickly escalate as you seek to equip your workforce, office, or other place of business with the tools needed to operate and grow.While you may seek to roll these costs into a business loan and/or...
    Archive - March 26, 2009 - 42 comments
  • Starting the Dialogue Business Gateway is committed to supporting a more open and transparent dialogue between government and the public. Our recently launched Community is just one example of our commitment, but don’t overlook the other avenues we have implemented for conversation and...
    Archive - March 25, 2009 - 0 comments

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