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Is Your Company Ready to Export?

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Created on December 16, 2014
 

Don Aberle has one piece of advice for companies looking to export: Commit to it.

It may take time, but the marketing manager from Titan Machinery Outlet says that commitment can pay off, and “good things will happen.”

That’s the theme of a new video from the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), which provides tips from successful exporters about how a company can become a global player.

The Affordable Care Act and Employers

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Created on December 12, 2014
 

Employer and EmployeesThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains several tax provisions that affect employers. Under the ACA, an employer’s workforce size is significant because this information determines which provisions apply. 

The IRS is conducting an information campaign to educate taxpayers about some of the basics of the ACA. This campaign will include health care tax tips, YouTube videos and expanded ACA web pages on IRS.gov.

Determining Workforce Size

An employer’s size is determined by the number of its employees.

  • An employer with 50 or more full-time employees or full-time equivalents is considered an “applicable large employer,” or ALE, under the ACA.

  • For purposes of the employer shared responsibility provision, the number of employees a business has during the current year determines whether it is an ALE the following year. Employers make this calculation by averaging the number of employees they had throughout the year, which takes into account workforce fluctuations many employers experience.

Getting to Know The SBIR/STTR Programs: 11 Agencies; One Playlist

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MBDA
Created on December 10, 2014
 

Each year, the 11 federal agencies that provide funding via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs hit the road for a National Conference. The goal? To get the word out about the programs and to meet the entrepreneurs who are driving U.S. innovation.

Hats off to Texas in their starring role as host of the recent National SBIR/STTR Conference in Austin, which was a great success. Startups and other small businesses in Texas and nationwide are learning more every day about the programs—and they’re liking what they see. After all, the programs are the nation's largest source of early stage, high-risk R&D funding for small business.

Get Coverage now through the SHOP Marketplace

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MBDA
Created on December 10, 2014
 

For Employers

Get coverage now through the SHOP Marketplace Business OwnerGetting health coverage for your small business for 2015 is easier than ever before. For the first time, you can use the SHOP Marketplace to enroll online for coverage that starts as early as January 2015. Learn more about how to enroll with this step-by-step guide.

Here are just a few benefits of buying coverage through the SHOP Marketplace.

  • Convenience: Find, compare, select and offer your employees coverage.

  • Choice: Choose among health plans at different coverage levels to find the one that’s right for you and your employees. In some states you can offer your employees a choice among all plans at the coverage level you choose.

  • Useful information and tools: Find out if you qualify for SHOP and what the small business health care tax credit might be worth to you. Then, find and compare plans before selecting one.

  • Access to tax credits: You may qualify for a tax credit worth as much as 50% of your contribution to employee premiums when you buy coverage through the SHOP Marketplace and meet other eligibility requirements.

Olympic-sized Opportunities for Your Business

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MBDA
Created on December 9, 2014
 

Free Webinar: U.S. Business Opportunities for 2016 Olympics

Brazil

Brazil is experiencing major growth in the Design and Construction sectors. The country has captured global attention as its major cities undergo a construction boom related to the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Event Information

Learn about upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games and procurement opportunities.

Opportunities in the Design and Construction sectors can be found in areas such as real estate, airports, ports, hospitality, oil and gas, hospitals, etc.

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