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Created on November 18, 2013
I am pleased to invite you to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) 2013 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation to be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., at our headquarters at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549.
Similar to last year, the focus of this year’s forum will be The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was legislation enacted last year to encourage small business growth and startup funding by increasing the ability of small businesses to raise capital and by lessening certain regulatory requirements for individual investments in new businesses. Under Title VII of the JOBS Act, the SEC is required to conduct outreach to inform several business communities, including minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses, of the changes made by the Act.
Created on November 8, 2013
Every day I go to work wearing a small pin on my coat’s lapel. The pin is black and gold with a white star in the center. Although the pin is no larger than half an inch, it represents more than 26 years of military service.
I retired from the U.S. Army approximately one and a half years ago. Leaving the organization that I credit with instilling tremendous values in me was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Honestly, I was petrified to leave and face a world outside of the disciplined parameters that made up my Army life.
I admit I had a complete military career. I served in numerous overseas deployments. I served as a mentor, a leader and I had great mentors and leaders who will forever be a part of my life as well. So, in reality, I was ready to move-on and share my knowledge as a veteran in another capacity.
Created on November 7, 2013
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker wrapped up the inaugural SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit, following two high-impact days of meetings and discussions among senior government officials, major business executives, global economic experts and U.S. economic development officials about strategies to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.
Secretary Pritzker also opened the final day of the Summit, where she announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the Manufacturing Council that will allow representatives from U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned or controlled firms to become members. The expanded eligibility rules will add new perspectives to the Council, which advises the Commerce Secretary on policies and initiatives to increase FDI in the U.S. manufacturing sector, including SelectUSA.
Created on November 6, 2013
With new health insurance marketplaces now open, the Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are excited to announce the next set of Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar dates.
Each week, small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in small business health insurance marketplaces. Other topics discussed include insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, and employer shared responsibility provisions. SBA representatives help small business owners understand the facts of the Affordable Care Act so they can make informed decisions about providing health insurance for their employees.
The Affordable Care Act 101 takes place every Thursday at 2 PM ET. Below are the registration links for upcoming presentations.
Created on November 5, 2013
Small businesses can help keep their business information safe and protect their online information with a new free course from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In support of President Obama proclaiming October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, SBA is launching this new course, designed for small businesses, to provide an overview on how to secure business information, identify security threats and guard against cyber-attacks.
Cybersecurity for Small Businesses is one of SBA’s newest online courses to help business owners safeguard their information from computer attacks and determine their readiness against security breaches. The course, available at http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/cybersecurity-small-businesses, teaches best cybersecurity practices and protection against cyber threats for the nation’s small business community.