Bienvenido David successfully started and currently runs two online businesses. He started his first business, an e-commerce website selling karaoke equipment, as a side project while he was employed full-time. He eventually quit his job to found a small business IT consulting firm, TeamEXtension. Better known as teamextension on the Business.gov Community, Mr. David often contributes to technical conversations about starting a business and online businesses. Here is what he has to say about how to hire the right staff and the ingredients to...
Employee benefits, whether optional or required by law, have financial implications for employers. How do you make sure you are compliant and that your employees are well compensated, while balancing your business checkbook? In the May Idea Exchange, we asked the Community,;How Are You Managing Employee Benefit Costs? Here is what our members have to say: Outsource Benefits Planning CarlLakeside, sosplcroman, TShirtsNY, and duket, outsourcing saves time and effort, and can help you stay up-to-date on employment laws. Add to Cost...
Paul Schlegel started his own business in 2004 when his employer began to outsource jobs to countries with cheaper wages. He discovered his unique talent for analyzing fraud in the home business arena and launched workathometruth.com. He helps many avoid fraud through his website. While managing his online businesses, Mr. Schlegel, also known as paulms, is an active member of Business.go;s Community. We recently asked Mr. Schlegel to share some insight about work-at-home scams, and his experiences starting and running a business. You quit...
The Business.gov team is pleased to announce that the Community has reached 10,000 members! Since its launch in February 2009, over 100 members have been joining each week. In less than 1½ years, the Business.gov Community has become a respected platform for small business discussions and a trusted source for small business information. In celebration of achieving 10,000 members, we interviewed our 10,000th member, Rick Braddy, a small business owner who has successfully started and managed four businesses. Here is what he has to say about...
Last mont;s Earth Day reminded us to consider strategic and long-term investments in our environment and businesses. Small businesses across the country are measuring greenhouse gas emissions, setting goals, and reducing emissions. In the Idea Exchange this past month, we asked members in the Community,-Wha-s one step you've taken to reduce your busines's carbon footprint? Her's what our members say about how they reduced their carbon footprint: Use Technology, Go Paperless - moneyandrisk suggests taking advantage of...
Did you notice that we updated that Navigation bar on the right hand side of Business.gov? We spent a lot of time researching and testing the best way to organize all of the information and resources on the site. We have just finished Phase 1 which you can see live on Business.gov today. We hope to finish Phase 2 by the end of April which will fine tune and polish the various elements. Our number one goal is to provide high quality information to small business owners as easily as possible. Nevertheless, there is no one best way to...
George Illiparampil manages Cogency.us, an online business based in Massachusetts. He has several years of experience with small to medium-sized businesses, specializing in finance, business development, and general management. While managing his business full time, Mr. Illiparampil has been a great resource in the Business.gov Community as gjosephus. Mentoring and coaching people are long-time passions for him, which comes through as he frequently shares tips for starting and financing a business in the Business.gov Community. In this...
Business.gov developed the Loans and Grants Search Tool to help small business owners locate financing programs. While our database already covers a number of industries like agriculture, child care, and manufacturing, we would like to expand into others as well. In this mont;s Idea Exchange, we asked the Community-For What Industries Are You Seeking Loans and Grants Information? Her's a summary of the submissions that we received: Cleaning, Maintenance, Repair mikenmelissa420 has been running an industrial cleaning service for 18 years,...
Aside from the economy and your knowledge and operational skills as a business owner, certain outside factors will affect your busines;s success- some of which are based purely on your busines-s location. Each state has different laws that regulate the types and amount of business taxes you pay, the regulatory cost of business operations, employer health insurance requirements, and other state issues like unionization and local government spending. In the coming weeks we'll provide you with a guide that shows what and how these...
The Small Business Resource Guide formerly a CD-ROM is now available exclusively online. Designed to equip small business owners with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully start and manage a business, IRS has ensured the Small Business Resource Guide 2009 Web site offers the same quality of information the SBRG CD was known for including, covering a wide range of tax topics, web links to business forms, publications, other useful governmental Web sites, and much more. The online version of the guide is available at www....
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