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  •   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...
    April 23, 2013 - 71 comments
  • 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...
    April 19, 2013 - 1 comments
  • 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...
    April 19, 2013 - 3 comments
  • 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...
    April 16, 2013 - 2 comments
  • When the President challenged the nation to double exports in five years, U.S. government agencies started working more closely together to make it easier for businesses to access foreign market opportunities and for lenders to provide the financing that exporters need. Under a new, multi-agency...
    April 02, 2013 - 3 comments
  •   Have you considered the potential for selling your products or services outside the U.S.?  Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an SBA resource partner, can help you get started. The many international trade services offered by individual SBDCs vary, but most often...
    March 29, 2013 - 8 comments
  • As I covered in my pervious blog,  How to Get Paid for Your Export Sales, each of the four international methods of payments which include cash-in-advance, letter-of-credit, documentary collections and open account can have an impact on your company’s financing needs when filling...
    March 28, 2013 - 3 comments
  • Ultimately, any sale is a gift until you get paid.  However, understanding how to get paid for an export sale is especially important, since your buyer could be 10,000 miles away.  There are four common ways to get paid for an international order. From the most, to the least, secure...
    March 27, 2013 - 2 comments
  •   Are you a small business certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development or Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone program interested in learning how to better manage your business relationships?  If so, you’ll be happy to know...
    March 21, 2013 - 2 comments
  • Today, women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of new businesses in our economy. In fact, an analysis by American Express suggests that the number of women-owned businesses has risen by 200,000 over the past year alone, which is equivalent to just under 550 new women-owned firms...
    March 11, 2013 - 11 comments

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