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Are You Ready to Export?

Blogged By: 
Guest Blogger: David Leister, MBDA Business Center
Created on April 25, 2013
 

Shipping YardExporting your product and services requires planning. Like any successful project, one of the first steps is making a plan.  Whether you’re going on vacation, conducting a domestic business transaction or starting a new venture one common trait is essential for success . . .  careful attention to detail.  A great starting point to determine your company’s level of preparedness for international market entry is completing an export readiness assessment.

Selecting the appropriate markets for our products and services, determining how to strategically engage target markets, and securing the financial and managerial resources are just some of the analyses needed to ensure that your export venture is a long-term success. The results of such an assessment may, for example, lead to modifying and ramping up production in order to ship your products to South America or perhaps giving consideration to a more complex venture of opening an office abroad.

Guide to Going Green

Blogged By: 
Michael Chodos, SBA Official
Created on April 25, 2013
 

Green BusinessGoing 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 relations, and strengthen customer loyalty.

Learn how to “green your business” and work toward creating a cleaner, healthier environment for thecommunity and for the planet.  We’ve updated our Green Business Guide for 2013 with the latest tips on what you as a small business owner can do to protect our ecosystems and promote a sustainable, successful business.

Green Business Practices

From changing a light bulb and using recyclable products to installing energy efficient equipment and systems, every business can make simple changes that save energy costs and natural resources. Start by brainstorming a variety of options to reduce your business’s environmental footprint, then choose the most impactful and cost effective options for your business.  For additional tips on ways to green your business, our partners at SCORE also offer a number of resources. If you’re interested in getting into the business of helping others get green, SBA has also produced an online training course on how your business can take advantage of these eco-trends. 

Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 23, 2013
 

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) is a new Administration-wide initiative that will accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in cities across the country.

Through the IMCP, the President is directing Federal agencies to provide coordinated assistance to manufacturing communities through a new partnership that will align Federal economic development resources and help U.S. localities make coordinated, long-term investments in their public goods in partnership with universities and industry. These investments will ultimately help regions become more attractive for manufacturers and supply chains. The Partnership will be led by the Commerce Department with support from other federal agencies.

Five to six U.S. communities in 2014 would be competitively selected as pilots, each receiving up to $25 million from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, in addition to funding from other government agencies. Federal agencies will also align and coordinate their funding opportunities to maximize the effectiveness of Federal expenditures and ensure that localities are able to more seamlessly access the Federal resources they need to fund strategies for attracting long-term business investment.

Nominate Representatives for the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations

Blogged By: 
MBDA

The U.S. Census Bureau is requesting nominations of individuals, both experts and organizational representatives, to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. The 32 member Advisory Committee provides insight, perspectives, expertise and advice to the Director of the Census Bureau on the full spectrum of Census surveys and programs. The Committee assists the Census Bureau in developing appropriate research/methodological, operational, and communication strategies to reduce program/survey costs, improve coverage and operational efficiency, improve the quality of data collected, protect the public's andbusiness units' privacy and enhance public participation and awareness of Census programs and surveys, and make data products more useful and accessible.

Topics may include: hidden households, language barriers, students and youth, aging populations, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal considerations, new immigrant populations, populations affected by natural disasters, highly mobile and migrant populations, complex households, poverty populations, race/ethnic minorities, rural populations and population segments with limited access to technology. The Committee also advises on data privacy and confidentiality concerns, the dynamic nature of new businesses, minority ownership of businesses, as well as other concerns impacting Census survey design and implementation.

IRS2Go App Updates

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on April 11, 2013
 

IRS Mobile AppThe Internal Revenue Service recently released an update to their IRS2Go mobile app. One of the new features of the app, available on the Android and iOS platforms, is that it detects whether a user’s device is set to English or Spanish and delivers the app in that language.

Other resources available on IRS2Go include:

  • Get Your Refund Status. Taxpayers can check the status of their federal refund through the mobile app with a few basic pieces of information. An updated refund status is available 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return, or four weeks after mailing a paper return.

  • Get My Tax Record. Taxpayers can now order their tax account or tax return transcript from a mobile device. The transcript will be delivered via U.S. Postal Service to their address of record.

  • Watch Us. People can view the IRS YouTube videos right on their smartphones. The IRS YouTube video channels provide short, informative videos in EnglishSpanish and in American Sign Language on a variety of tax topics.

  • Follow the IRS. Taxpayers can sign up to follow the IRS Twitter newsfeeds, @IRSnews or @IRSenEspanol, which provide easy-to-use information, including tax law changes and important IRS programs

  • Get Tax Updates. Phone app users enter their e-mail address to automatically get simple, straightforward tips and reminders to help with tax planning and preparation. Tax Tips are issued daily during the filing season and periodically throughout the rest of the year.

  • Get the latest news. With this tool users can quickly access the most recent updates on the IRS.gov English and Spanish news pages

You can view more mobile products like IRS2Go on the USA.gov Apps Gallery.

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
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