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Growth Capital through Private Investment Funds

Blogged By: 
Matt Varilek, SBA Regional Administrator
Created on February 5, 2014
 

This post originally appeared on SBA.

SBIC InvestingSBA’s loan-guaranty programs are among the best-known ways we fulfill our mission of helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed.  In FY13, for example, together with our lending partners we facilitated over $29 billion dollars in loans to new and existing small businesses.

But for some small businesses, equity financing is a better option – and SBA has great tools to help those businesses too.  One of my priorities as Regional Administrator is spreading the word that our Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program provides additional capital to private fund managers for investment in high-potential small businesses.

Greater capital access for our fastest-growing businesses

Costco, Amgen, Apple, FedEx, Staples, Intel – these are just a few of the well-known companies supported by SBIC investments in the past.  Five decades since its creation, the SBIC program continues to be among our most innovative examples of public-private partnership, successfully channeling billions of dollars in growth capital to small businesses across the United States.

Doing Business in China 101

Blogged By: 
Iris Kapo, International Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service
Created on February 4, 2014
 

City life in ChinaThis post originally appeared on Census Global Reach Blog.

Specialists from the Commercial Service can help you overcome challenges in the market and reach specific goals. Below are some tidbits of knowledge that stemmed from last year’s American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) tradeshow in Houston, Texas. Three Commercial Specialists from Beijing, Chengdu, and Guangzhou participated in the USDOC’s Showtime Program. They met one-on-one with U.S exhibitors at the show and discussed each company’s unique challenges and goals in these diverse regions of China.

Below are some things to keep in mind when trading with China.

Join the USA Investment Center at Hannover Fair

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on February 4, 2014
 

Hannover Messe, Select USA and U.S. Commercial Service

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Commercial Service’s Select USA team will organize the USA Investment Center at the world’s largest industrial technology show, the Hannover Fair, April 7-11, 2014. The USA Investment Center is a joint pavilion of the federal SelectUSA Program and participating Economic Development Organizations from U.S. states, cities and regions. The USA Investment Center promotes the United States as the premier global business location to over 6000 industry exhibitors and 200,000 trade visitors. It offers EDOs a cost effective turn key package of meeting space, joint marketing and promotion as well as individualized support to maximize business development and recruitment efforts of U.S. EDOs. Here are just some of the benefits of participation:

Ten Tips to Help You Choose a Tax Preparer

Blogged By: 
IRS
Created on January 31, 2014
 

As part of our blog series on tax literacy, MBDA will highlight the latest tax-related news issued by the IRS for business owners.  The material presented in this website is not offered as legal or tax advice.  You are urged to seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner for any issue related to tax obligations.

This post originally appeared as a IRS Tax Tip

Tax TimeMany people look for help from professionals when it’s time to file their tax return. If you use a paid tax preparer to file your federal income tax return this year, the IRS urges you to choose that preparer carefully. Even if someone else prepares your return, you are legally responsible for what is on it.

Here are ten tips to keep in mind when choosing a tax return preparer:

  1. Check the preparer’s qualifications.  All paid tax return preparers are required to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number. In addition to making sure they have a PTIN, ask if the preparer belongs to a professional organization and attends continuing education classes.  
     

Recruitment for the 2014 Emerging Leaders Class is Underway

Blogged By: 
SBA News
Created on January 31, 2014
 

Emerging LeadersWhat is Emerging Leaders?

The Emerging Leaders is an intensive training initiative to accelerate high-potential small businesses’ growth in America’s inner-cities. This comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult participating companies to the next level and help them emerge as growing, self-sustaining businesses in their community.

What does the Emerging Leaders advanced training entail?

Over seven months, participants are required to participate in approximately 60-80 hours of classroom instruction, generally two three-hour sessions per month. The method used is primarily instructor-facilitated discussion of the training curriculum. Outside subject matter experts are included as guest speakers to bring a “real world” perspective. Additionally, class participants meet and work in smaller CEO Peer Mentoring Groups for an additional 15-20 hours during the training period.

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