With two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, exporting represents a big opportunity to tap in to new markets, expand your customer base, and grow your business. However, getting started with exporting can sometimes feel like a complex maze of regulations, policies, and other barriers. To help small businesses understand how to overcome these barriers and prepare to sell internationally, the federal government has several free training and educational resources that enable entrepreneurs to chart the path to...
Independence Day is right around the corner, and across the U.S. we’re preparing for our favorite 4th of July festivities – a day off filed with backyard barbecues, pool parties, fireworks and fun. While we celebrate our country and the challenges we’ve overcome to achieve what we stand for today, there’s no doubt that this profile of greatness includes our small business owners and entrepreneurs. Facing difficulties from every angle with passion and perseverance, these businesses may be small, but they have a big...
Father’s Day is less than two weeks away, and if this year is similar to last in predictions for spending, it can be a profitable time for your business. A 2013 survey by the National Retail Federation indicated that shoppers would spend more than $100 on a gift for Dad – more than $12 billion in total spending. Here are a few ways to get in on the action this year. Give the gift of togetherness When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, we often think of getting something for Dad that he can enjoy on his own. Consider an approach...
Interested in exporting your small business’s goods or services outside the United States? Have you heard of free-trade agreements? Here’s what you should know about how they can benefit you in the exporting process. What is a free-trade agreement? A free-trade agreement, or FTA, is an agreement between two or more countries where the countries agree to take steps to make trade between the countries’ businesses easier and faster. FTAs reduce trade tariffs and non-tariff barriers, such as import quotas, and also cover...
Did you know that May is Military Appreciation Month? And with Memorial Day coming up, it’s a perfect opportunity for your small business to honor the service of our veterans and military men and women. Here’s a look at some ideas to consider from that go beyond a traditional discount on products or services with inspiration from Kathryn Hawkins, who writes extensively on business and entrepreneurship. Collections for troops – Host a collection for items deployed troops need. Let customers know via email newsletters...
You’re an entrepreneur. You’re a mom. You’re a momtrepreneur! Running a business is hard work – and raising kids at the same time means your “work” days probably seem never-ending. While you’re busy managing various responsibilities, it’s important to make sure you’re taking time for yourself too. After all – a healthier, happier you means can contribute to a healthy business as well! Take a lunch break! Think skipping lunch means more time for valuable contributions to your business...
If you’re interested in exporting your small business’ goods or services – or are an exporter already – you probably know about the wealth of information we have here at SBA.gov and the resources available over at Export.gov. But another great source of knowledge is Export University, a series of courses designed for all stages of exporting. What is Export University? Export University was designed by the District Export Council, a volunteer non-profit organization associated with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S...
It’s that time of year again! SBA is gearing up for National Small Business Week, May 12-16. And like last year, we’re taking the show on the road to celebrate small businesses across the United States. We’re excited for this year’s activities, which will include forums and panels about trends in small business, innovation, financing, business growth – and more. There will also be matchmaking events and networking opportunities. The week will kick off in San Francisco on May 12, followed by events in Kansas City...
Being “green” or environmentally friendly is probably not a new idea to you as a small business owner. In the last few years especially, the discussion of green business practices, services and products has become so prevalent that it’s often no longer the exception – but expected – to run a more earth-conscious operation. Consider these ways to green your business without breaking the bank. Reduce travel with virtual meetings Do you find yourself traveling for business or to meet clients? Consider reducing the...
You know from our blog post SBA, SCORE, and SBDCs Explained – 3 Essential Local Resources for Small Business Owners that there are a number of resources available to help your business succeed. There are also a few resources available to specific small-business audiences such as women, veterans and those interested in guidance about exporting or government contracting. 1. Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) Women's Business Centers (WBCs) provide counseling, training and networking opportunities for women across the United States...
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