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SHOP Marketplace: 8 Things You Can Do to Get Ready

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Created on October 22, 2014
 

Enroll - Health InsuranceThe SHOP Marketplace makes it possible for small businesses to provide qualified health plans to their employees. No matter what state you do business in, you’ll have access to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace.

Starting November 2014, you and your employees will be able to visit HealthCare.gov to enroll online for coverage starting January 2015.

The tips below will help you get ready:

1. Learn about SHOP.

You’ll want to understand how SHOP works, which businesses qualify, and how using SHOP can benefit you and your employees. Use the SHOP Full-time Equivalent Employee Calculator at HealthCare.gov/fte-calculator/ to see if you qualify.

2. Talk to your employees.

Find out your employees’ coverage needs. This will help you with your coverage decision and you’ll get an idea of how many employees might participate.

Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs

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MBDA
Created on October 22, 2014
 

Cyber SecuritySmall and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Nation’s economy. Aside from the wide range of services they offer, small and medium-sized businesses store significant amounts of sensitive data, from customer information to intellectual property. 

While bigger businesses can often dedicate greater resources towards cybersecurity, small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with limited resources, capacity, and personnel.

Entrepreneurs also face a unique cyber security threat as their data includes not only personnel data and financial spreadsheets, but valuable intellectual property that could be worth much more than even they realize. Entrepreneurs are recognizing this need and the fact that the cybersecurity field is a burgeoning marketplace. Entrepreneurs start and fail again (or start, succeed, sell and start again), so they should consider cyber security as a marketplace and focus their talents on creating new and affordable cyber solutions.

Panama Airport and Air Traffic Management Reverse Trade Mission Industry Briefing

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MBDA
Created on October 20, 2014
 

Panama Airport and Air Traffic Management Reverse Trade Mission Industry Briefing

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring a Panama Airport and Air Traffic Management Reverse Trade Mission Industry Briefing on Wednesday, November 5, at USTDA headquarters, Suite 1501, 1000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia. The Industry Briefing will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. This includes a catered lunch.

The Panama delegation will consist of senior representatives from Tocumen International Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama, senior air traffic control officials from Panama, and a U.S. Embassy representative from Panama.

The Industry Briefing is designed to introduce U.S. companies to procurement opportunities in Panama's aviation sector. The Industry Briefing also will include presentations from USTDA and other U.S. government officials who are responsible for promoting U.S. private sector participation in Panama's aviation sector.

Regional Latin America and the Caribbean: Renewable Grid Integration Orientation Visit

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MBDA
Created on October 20, 2014
 

Regional Latin America and Caribbean: Renewable Energy Grid Integration Orientation Visit

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are hosting a delegation of up to fifteen Latin American and Caribbean officials for the Regional Latin America and Caribbean: Renewable Energy Grid Integration Orientation Visit (OV) from October 27-31, 2014. The delegation will include high-level public sector energy officials from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

During the visit, the delegates will have the opportunity to meet with top U.S. government officials, financing institutions and U.S. companies to gain exposure to policies, best practices, financing options and technologies that can support efforts to modernize power grids in key countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Meetings will focus on the integration of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency technology into the electric grid in the context of integrated energy systems planning.

SBA Office of Surety Guarantees Launches Electronic Claim-Filing System

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SBA News
Created on October 17, 2014
 

 

Will Save Substantial Time and Money to Government and Industry

Bonds

Surety bond companies associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration will now be able to file their claims and supporting documents electronically thanks to a significantly enhanced, web-based processing system launched by the SBA.

The new system, announced by SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees, eliminates the need for costly, overnight shipments by surety companies, as well as paper handling, filing and storage costs for both the companies and SBA.

 “This enhancement is a collaborative effort between the surety industry and SBA resulting in improved efficiency, reduction in cost to Sureties and creating an error free environment,” said Peter Gibbs, Deputy Director for the Office of Surety Guarantees.

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