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  • Are you looking for a way to attract new customers? Social responsibility is a strong selling point when customers are considering purchases. Consider this: A Nielsen global online survey reports that two-thirds of consumers are willing to pay more for products from companies that show a commitment...
    Industry Word - March 01, 2016 - 0 comments
  • If you are thinking about starting a business of your own, the SBA has the resources to help you plan, prepare and manage that business. The SBA helps aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners just like you – over one million each year – to start and grow their businesses.The SBA...
    SBA News and Views - February 26, 2016 - 1 comments
  • Ignoring your financial statement is like ignoring the health of your business. Startups and new business owners often overlook understanding gross margin. This can have a direct impact on your ability to effectively manage a growing business, price your products, and most importantly, make a...
    Starting a Business - February 25, 2016 - 5 comments
  • Clearly, technology has changed marketing a lot. We fast forward through ads on television and block them on our devices. We have amplified word of mouth in social media. We pour over analytics and metrics. But what about the marketing plan? Has technology changed marketing planning?One thing for...
    Industry Word - February 23, 2016 - 5 comments
  • If you operate a “local business” (meaning one that gets most of its customers from your local area), don’t overlook the Internet as an important way to attract new customers and stay top of mind with existing customers or past customers.According to Google research, having good...
    Industry Word - February 19, 2016 - 0 comments
  • Note: This post originally appeared on the blog of the National Institute of Aging. It is authored by Mack Mackiewicz, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience.Calling all small businesses and entrepreneurs!If we hope to translate what we are learning about Alzheimer’s disease into health,...
    SBA News and Views - February 19, 2016 - 0 comments
  • My knee-jerk answer to that question is no. I have several reasons why, and I’ll be sharing them in this article. But first, do you know of anyone who has purchased a franchise business right out of college?A College Education  For most 20-somethings who want to have a good shot at...
    Industry Word - February 16, 2016 - 0 comments
  • Small businesses are the heart of America’s economy. This Valentine’s Day, the SBA is sending small business owners this valentine with 14 reasons why we love small business. Small businesses in the United States: Care about their communities – The 28 million small businesses...
    SBA News and Views - February 12, 2016 - 2 comments
  • 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. SBA has the tools to help your company reach into these new markets beyond the border and grow your customer base. It’s time to take your business global!This year, the U.S. Small Business Administration will award $18...
    SBA News and Views - February 11, 2016 - 1 comments
  • Everyone has seen a street vendor at some point and many of us have purchased from him or her. Consider for a moment self-employment and the opportunity to work outdoors with a schedule that is always convenient for you. Becoming a street vendor may seem like a relatively easy process but it does...
    Starting a Business - February 11, 2016 - 2 comments

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