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Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Estimator

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Created on November 12, 2014

Tax Credit EstimatorIf you’re an employer who may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, you can use this Estimator. The credit is designed to encourage small businesses to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have.

For some employers and tax-exempt organizations, this could save thousands of dollars by providing a credit against income tax (a refundable credit for certain tax-exempt organizations).

The Estimator can help determine whether you’re eligible for the credit and if so, estimate the amount. This tool is meant to be educational. To find the actual amount, you must complete Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums, or consult a qualified tax professional. The Estimator also provides links to forms, instructions, and guidance to help you learn more about the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.

Veterans at MBDA Supporting Minority-owned Businesses & Helping Grow the U.S. Economy

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Created on November 10, 2014

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is committed in supporting U.S. veterans. It is an honor to celebrate the many contributions of our service members as they continue helping our country thrive. Our veterans are the bedrocks of our Nation and have served or continue serving, as the guardians of our society.

At MBDA we thank all veterans for their service and are fortunate to have a number of them working with us day-to-day supporting minority-owned businesses and helping grow the U.S. economy. Each one brings a unique contribution to our agency, here are a few examples of their continued service to our Nation.

Major Infrastructure Projects in Mexico: Exporting Opportunities for U.S. Firms

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Gabriela Morales-Richards, MBDA Business Development Specialist
Created on November 10, 2014

Concept of the New Mexico City Airport and Terminal BuildingRecently the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) National Deputy Director, Albert K. Shen, met with Carlos Marron, Senior Investment and Trade Commissioner of ProMexico, to discuss ways to collaborate on upcoming infrastructure projects throughout Mexico.

Over the next four years, the Mexican Government plans to invest more than $600 billion to modernize transport, telecommunications, water, energy, and environment sectors. These infrastructure projects present minority-owned businesses with a unique opportunity to leverage cultural and familial ties, and language capabilities as strong competitive advantages in Latin America markets.

Apply Now for the 2015 EX-IM Bank Advisory Committee

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Created on November 10, 2014

Export-Import Bank of the United StatesNominations are now being  accepted for Ex-Im Bank’s 2015 Advisory Committee. The  Congressionally-established Advisory Committee holds quarterly meetings in  which its primary task is to advise the Bank concerning its policy and  programs, in particular on the extent to which the Bank is meeting its mandate  to provide competitive financing to expand United States exports, and any  suggestions for improvement in this regard. It is anticipated that the first  meeting of the Advisory Committee will be held in December 2014.

The nomination period has been extended to Friday,  November 14, 2014, at 5:00pm ET.

Any validators of potential  nominees may submit a letter stating reasons why a particular candidate should  be considered for the Advisory Committee. Self-nominations are  permitted. All nomination forms must be completed and signed by all  candidates.

The Advisory Committee  consists of 17 members who will be appointed by the Board of Directors on the  recommendation of the President of the Bank.

Please email all completed  nomination forms and additional information, including any supporter letters,  no later than 5:00pm ET on Friday, November 14, 2014 to Niki Shepperd (niki.shepperd@exim.gov).

Five Steps for Protecting Your Invention

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Created on November 10, 2014

Inventors AssistanceEvery day, all across America, good ideas are converted into tangible inventions and products that solve problems large and small and lift our quality of life. Do you have a good idea yourself? Maybe you’ve even developed it into a proof of concept or prototype. The next step you should consider is how you can protect what you’ve created.

Patents are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They give their owners the right to exclude others from making, selling, offering for sale, or importing an invention protected by the patent. While getting a patent is a complex undertaking, here are five steps and resources to get you started on the road to protecting your invention.

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