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  • The traditional business plan has many virtues; and the common thinking is that by prompting the new entrepreneur to initially consider all the components of a successful business operation, from the legal structure to the marketing plan to financial projections, etc., the venture has a higher...
    February 10, 2016 - 3 comments
  • Many untapped opportunities exist outside the United States, but small firms often do not have the resources and personnel to leverage them, and rely heavily on negotiated free trade agreements to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for their products or services. That is why free trade...
    February 02, 2016 - 0 comments
  • If you’re looking for a solution on how to grow your small business in 2016, the SBA may have the answer.Recruitment for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders 2016 training cycle is now underway at selected SBA district offices, and we’re looking for interested small businesses.Since 2008,...
    February 02, 2016 - 1 comments
  • Throughout my career, mentors changed my trajectory.  Through them I met successful people who were willing to listen to my ideas—and give their advice on how to turn them into great opportunities. Every year, my primary resolution has been to “give forward” what they...
    January 21, 2016 - 4 comments
  • Editor's Note: This opinion piece originally appeared in the Boston Business Journal.As far back as the 17th century, Boston’s ports drove this city’s growth, attracting merchants and entrepreneurs who knew that access to trade routes meant access to customers an ocean away....
    January 21, 2016 - 0 comments
  • Editor's Note: This blog is by Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank.Today the EXIM Bank is releasing our FY2015 Annual Report.Despite the challenges we faced with our reauthorization, and the ensuing 5 month lapse, in FY2015 EXIM was able to accomplish the following...
    January 14, 2016 - 0 comments
  • Editor's Note: This opinion piece originally appeared in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.President Barack Obama spoke expansively about the power of innovation to shape our society and transform our economy in his hopeful, concluding State of the Union address Tuesday night:"[The] spirit of...
    January 14, 2016 - 1 comments
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is buoyed by the energy and optimism of the entrepreneurs we meet across America. We’re one of the smallest cabinet-level agencies, but we have one of the biggest missions – supporting the small businesses that create the majority of new jobs in...
    December 22, 2015 - 2 comments
  • On Monday, I traveled to Denver and had a great opportunity to discuss an important sector of Colorado’s economy. I didn’t talk about agriculture or winter tourism (my harvesting and skiing abilities have both atrophied terribly, anyway). The industry I talked about was craft breweries...
    December 10, 2015 - 1 comments
  • Cosigned by current SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and former SBA Administrators Karen G. Mills (2009-2013), Hector Barreto (2001-2006) and Aida Alvarez (1997-2001)This weekend, millions of Americans will celebrate “Small Business Saturday” by supporting the...
    November 27, 2015 - 4 comments

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