You may be hearing the term “cybersecurity” more frequently these days and wondering how it applies to your small business – if at all. It does. Cyber threats are an issue for everyone, and small businesses are becoming more common targets for such threats and crimes because they often have fewer preventative or responsive resources. So, what do you need to know? Here are some essentials as featured in one of our latest online trainings. What is cybersecurity? With the help of technology and best practices, cybersecurity is...
If you’re just getting started in the world of government contracting, you’re not alone if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed! Entering the federal marketplace is one unlike any other – but there are specialized resources to help you succeed. A great one to take advantage of is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Administered by the Defense Logistics Agency, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide local, in-person counseling and training services to...
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the time is now to make sure you get the most of your marketing efforts to help secure sales success in the coming months. Here are a few budget-friendly ideas to help get you started. Social Media Contests If your small business has a social media presence, contests on Facebook and Twitter are often a popular way highlight your brand and engage with customers, reminding them that your product or service is available – and a potentially great gift idea. With a few rules, a clever hashtag and...
Small businesses are becoming a larger target for criminals seeking to access sensitive data because attackers are well aware that small businesses have limited resources or personnel dedicated to information system security. In an effort to combat cyber-attacks, the Department of Homeland Security established October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month to educate the public about cyber security and to prepare the nation in the event of a cyber-incident. Here are 9 cyber security tips for small business owners: 1. ...
Over 50 and thinking of starting your own business? Looking for real-world, actionable information to start your own business? Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners. Perhaps you are looking to turn a hobby into a business and finally have the resources to do so. Or you want the flexibility or supplemental income that running a business or being your own boss affords. With a lifetime of experience, skills and connections under your belt, why not? Making it Happen Take, for example,...
More than 250,000 service members transition each year from the military to civilian life. These men and women are proven leaders and they have the skills and experience needed to be outstanding business leaders. And the figures prove it – one in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners, and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting or buying their own business. If this sounds like you, there are a number of exciting resources and programs that can help you start and grow your business. Here...
Small-business social media use has become a barometer of our times for industry analysts who are eager to gauge the impact the economy and new technologies have on the way small firms do business. And despite a few sluggish years, the latest data suggests that small businesses are turning to social media in droves in an effort to increase sales (source: Forbes and Manta). The problem is, no matter how much time they spend, some small businesses are not reaping rewards. Why is this? The problem is that small businesses are expecting leads and...
Are you thinking about starting a business? One of the first things you will need is a business plan. Business plans are essential in helping entrepreneurs prepare, manage and direct their businesses, however, creating a plan can be intimidating and time consuming. It’s also hard to even know where to start. As a part of SBA’s mission to help small businesses grow and succeed, the agency has created a Business Plan Tool which helps simplify the process. The tool consists of eight steps which include: 1. ...
Are you getting ready to launch your business, but in need of some expert guidance? Or could you use some insight about how to manage and grow your existing small business? There are plenty of self-proclaimed professionals out there who will clamor to help you achieve your goals – but at a cost. So don’t get scammed – rely on SBA’s trustworthy resource partners who counsel, mentor and train small business owners and entrepreneurs either for free or at a low cost. And in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month coming...
“When you – as a small business – export, you strengthen our economy back here at home and help create real jobs for real people.” –Cory Simkek, Director, USEAC (Dept. of Commerce) St. Louis, MO This year, small businesses across the country were celebrated during the 50th National Small Business Week, an annual event acknowledging the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs. Of the many topics discussed during the sessions, expert panels and Google + Hangouts, insights about exporting abounded during the...
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