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Today, the President announced several important new initiatives to continue strengthening the rural economy and to create jobs in rural areas. As part of the White House Rural Council ’s efforts to improve federal government coordination on rural ...
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Read More About Giving Rural America More Tools to Grow and Create Jobs (co-written with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Don’t you just hate it when you walk into a store or business and the first person you come across is unwelcoming, disengaged, or neutral at best? It immediately sends the message that the employee is not happy, that this might not be a great place to work, ...
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Read More About 7 Ways to Lead and Empower Your Team – Because Satisfied Employees Make for Happy Customers

There's a lot more to being an employer than hiring staff. To protect your business and your workers, employers must have a solid understanding of federal and state labor laws. We've written many articles on the various topics related to human resource ...
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Read More About Human Resources 101: A Quick Guide for Employers

Although the 2009 hurricane season has been relatively quiet, small businesses and home-owners alike have faced their fair share of disasters this year - floods in the mid-west, wild fires in California, an extraordinarily long tornado season, and long-term drought ...
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Read More About When the Worst Happens; Disaster Assistance Loans, Tax Relief and other Lifelines for Your Business

Many small business owners fear that it's too costly to adopt eco-friendly practices. However, small investments can reap large gains by simply tweaking workplace behaviors and making a few low-cost upgrades.   Tips for Eco-Friendly Businesses on a Budget ...
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Read More About Save Energy, Save Money: Small Steps Your Business Can Take Today

Last year, SB;s HUBZone program received over 5,000 applications from small businesses hoping to gain priority in federal contracting opportunities. The program has recently streamlined processes to minimize waiting periods for new applicants and taken more action ...
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Read More About HUBZone Certification Program: Helping Small Businesses Gain Access to Government Contracting Opportunities