Thinking about exporting, but don’t know where to start? As part of World Trade Month, SBA will host a Google+ Hangout on May 22. The hangout will highlight ways that business can use federal government resources to increase exports. When: Wednesday, May 22 at 3pm ET Who: Dario Gomez, U.S. Small Business Administration, Associate Administrator for International Trade Antwaun Griffin, U.S. Department of Commerce- International Trade Administration, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations Dontai Smalls, UPS,...
This blog is by Don Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Housing, and Community Development Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury and has served as Executive Director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. This blog first appeared at Treasury.Gov. President Obama and Secretary Lew are committed to creating an environment where America’s small businesses can grow and prosper. An essential aspect of making sure these engines of job creation succeed is ensuring that entrepreneurs and...
by Anonymous, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:59
President Barack Obama recently proclaimed April National Financial Capability Month. Recognizing the importance of smart financial planning in achieving the American Dream, this month calls on individuals to empower themselves by seeking knowledge and tools for strong financial capability. Nowhere is financial literacy more important than in the small business community. Small businesses are the embodiment of the American dream and the backbone of the American economy, creating 64 percent of the net new jobs created...
Export, trade and finance related agencies across the federal government are teaming up during World Trade Month - May 2013 - to host a series of Twitter Q&A’s for U.S. companies. Businesses can participate by tweeting their questions using the hashtag #TradeChat during the scheduled times. This Twitter chat series will provide U.S. companies with exporting solutions, including information on the resources available to begin or expand exporting goods and services to overseas markets. The Twitter chats will also provide an...
It’s been six months since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast and signs of recovery are emerging. Businesses are reopening, homeowners are rebuilding and communities are rebounding. I’m proud to say that the SBA, together with our federal partners, stepped-up to provide assistance to those affected by Sandy. SBA has approved more than 34,000 disaster loan applications for a dollar total of $2.2 billion – making Hurricane Sandy the third largest natural disaster in terms of SBA disaster lending in U...
NOTE: This blog is by Cassius Butts, SBA Regional Administrator Being a supplier to a large business is a game changer. But, we know that small businesses often lack the capital, skills and access to market opportunities to be effective suppliers. We want to change that! That’s why the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the American Supplier Initiative, a federal government-wide initiative designed to increase government and commercial supply chain opportunities for small firms. This is important...
Federal contracting with small businesses is a win-win. Every year, the U.S. government awards nearly $100 billion in federal contracts to small businesses, allowing these businesses to grow their revenues and create jobs right here at home. Meanwhile, the federal government gets the chance to work with some of the most responsive, innovative and nimble companies in the United States. During the first three years of the Obama Administration, the federal government awarded $286.3 billion in federal contract dollars to small...
Plug In to the Global Economy: How Technology Impacts Trade How does technology impact international trade? And how can it help your small business? This year’s 40th Annual World Trade Day on Thursday, May 16, 2013 gives businesses the chance to ask just that and to discover how recent innovations in technology can facilitate their operations and bolster their bottom line. From supply-chain management to social media marketing and team collaboration, there are a multitude of new technology tools that allow small businesses to do...
Going green isn’t just good for the environment—it can be great for your business as well! Companies known for proactive environmental policies often find that their reputation as a green business allows them to better attract and retain high quality employees, improve community relations, and strengthen customer loyalty. This Earth Day, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is here to help you learn how to “green your business” and work toward creating a cleaner, healthier environment for our communities and for...
by Anonymous, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:17
Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners. For age 50+ individuals, also known as encore entrepreneurs, starting a small business offers an opportunity to use your knowledge and experience gained during your career toward creating a new business that can be rewarding in many ways. If you’re ready to embark on your journey to become an entrepreneur or want to learn how you can grow your existing business, now is a great time to explore your options and SBA is here to...
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