This week marks the 5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Week. In our increasingly interconnected global economy, it’s important for American small businesses to have the tools to compete on the world stage. Ninety six percent of the world’s population lives outside of the United States, which represents a huge portion of the world’s buying power. That’s why President Obama set a goal to double exports by 2015. Here at the SBA, and across the Administration, we’ve made it a top...
by Anonymous, on Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 15:08
This week marks the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), an annual initiative taking place around the world with more than 35,000 events in 135 countries. The events recognize the economic and social contributions of innovative entrepreneurs and bring an unparalleled level of inspiration to those considering a path of entrepreneurship. As GEW inspires the next generation of entrepreneurs, we here at SBA share an equal commitment to help small businesses to start, grow and create jobs. Entrepreneurs learn quickly that...
by Anonymous, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 19:41
Global Entrepreneurship Week is an opportunity to celebrate innovative entrepreneurs and small business owners. In the U.S. alone there are 28 million small business owners and they create two out of every three new jobs in America. But, there are so many more people with the entrepreneurial spirit and I have the great fortune of meeting many of them through my travels. Global Entrepreneurship Week is a time to ensure America’s budding small business owners have more tools to help them turn their passion into business or turn that great...
Each Veterans Day we honor veterans: those serving to protect us at home and abroad, and those who previously served. America’s service members put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms and safety here in the U.S. As a fellow veteran, I, too, understand the many sacrifices our men and women serving in the military and in the National Guard make daily, whether it’s serving overseas, or serving in a location here in the U.S. For more than 20 years I had the privilege of serving with many of these fine men and...
National Native American Heritage Month gives us a chance to reflect on the importance to the national economy of American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Growing up in a small family business in Cherokee, North Carolina, I know first-hand how essential Native-owned small businesses are to our tribes and communities. I have seen how small Native American-owned businesses can shape a community and how tribal citizen entrepreneurs flourish by creating sustainable and lasting jobs. Today, there are nearly 240,000...
Many business owners, homeowners, and renters along the East Coast are coming back to find physical damage to their buildings and property as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, thousands of businesses are dealing with the economic blow caused by power outages, damaged inventory, and lost profits from being closed down. The Small Business Administration stands ready to help. How does SBA help businesses, homeowners and renters recover? Three main ways: 1. Businesses and nonprofit organizations of any size can apply for a low-...
Microsoft and the U.S. Small Business Administration are teaming up to host a Tweetup for Portland area small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn about business resources in the community. The event is open to mom-and-pops, tech startups, and everything in between - just bring your tweeting (or other social media) skills. In addition to meeting other entrepreneurs in the community, participants will have a chance to hear from SBA’s Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Innovation & Investment, and...
Many communities are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, including power outages and flooding. The importance of listening to instructions and safety information from your local officials and FEMA cannot be understated. Federal response teams are already providing assistance to affected communities. SBA is closely coordinating with our federal partners to share information in the immediate aftermath of the storm. For the latest on the Federal government’s response to Sandy, you can read FEMA’s blog or follow...
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say? I say I work for the Small Business Administration and we are the best resource for someone starting or growing a business. Our SBA office partners with the SCORE Association and we have a counselor in our office every day between the hours of 9 and 3 who will sit down and listen to your idea and thoughts. I can mail you a free startup kit that contains valuable information for starting or developing a business. Here is my...
Earlier today, I joined hundreds of women-owned contracting firms at the Department of Defense Women-Owned Small Business Opportunity Forum in Alexandria, Virginia to announce a new partnership between the SBA and Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. (WIPP). This partnership is designed to help highlight the benefits of the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program, educate women business owners on how to participate, and connect them to federal agency procurement officers in industries where women are...
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