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Colombia and Peru: Green Port Technologies Reverse Trade Mission

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Created on May 21, 2015
 

Dates: May 31 - June 10, 2015
Locations: Miami, FL; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA

This visit is designed to introduce delegates from Colombia and Peru to U.S. green port technologies and U.S. best practices for environmental management at port operations. The delegates will have the opportunity to learn about green port programs related to energy efficiency, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and resource conversation.

The visit will include an Industry Roundtable in Houston, Texas on June 5, where U.S. companies can learn about upcoming opportunities in Colombia and the Peru and can meet with senior-level delegates.

The Affordable Care Act and Employers: Why Workforce Size Matters

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MBDA
Created on May 19, 2015
 

EmployeesThis post originally appeared on IRS Health Care Tax Tip 2015-30

The Affordable Care Act contains several tax provisions that affect employers. Under the ACA, the size and structure of a workforce – small, or large – helps determine which parts of the law apply to which employers.

The number of employees an employer had during the prior year determines whether it is an applicable large employer for the current year. This is important because two provisions of the Affordable Care Act apply only to applicable large employers. These are the employer shared responsibility provision and the employer information reporting provisions for offers of minimum essential coverage.

Exporting is an Open Book: 11th Edition of ‘A Basic Guide to Exporting’ Now Available

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Curt Cultice, U.S. Commercial Service
Created on May 19, 2015
 

A Basic Guide to ExportingThis post originally appeared on the Tradeology, the ITA Blog

Since May is World Trade Month, it’s only fitting that the U.S. Department of Commerce reiterate its commitment to helping companies—especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) —that are interested in exporting. Earlier today, we released the 11th edition of ‘A Basic Guide to Exporting’ which will help businesses navigate the avenues of trade.

U.S. companies, particularly SMEs that are new to exporting, as well as those looking to expand their current export sales, will find this fully revised and expanded publication an invaluable tool. With 96 percent of the world’s consumers outside of the United States, exporting holds excellent opportunities for U.S. businesses to expand market share, build competitiveness, and add to their bottom lines.

For many businesses, the export process can seem overwhelming and too difficult to pursue. This book dispels the myths that exporters need to be big, or that exporting needs to be complicated, making exporting more viable than ever for even the smallest businesses. In A Basic Guide to Exporting, first-time exporters will find information on topics including:

Nominate a Business or Business Champion for a 2015 National MED Week Awards!

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MBDA
Created on May 18, 2015
 

The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.

» Submit a nomination today!

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Three Reasons Africa Should Be Your Business’ Next Export Market

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Shannon Christenbury, U.S. Export Assistance Center
Created on May 15, 2015
 

Globe on AfricaMore and more American companies are looking outside the United States to find new customers. Expanding to new markets leads to increased revenue and more growth – great results for any American business.

For many companies I work with in Charlotte, growing markets in Sub-Saharan Africa are some of the most promising markets to explore. In fact, a number of area businesses are already growing because they have taken advantage of opportunities on the continent.

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