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U.S. Department of Commerce and Columbia University Announce Summit on the Future of Urban Innovation

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Created on March 16, 2015
 

The Future of Urban InnovationSummit Will Focus on Evolving Role of Urban Innovation in the American Economy

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Columbia University today announced that they will co-host the first-ever Future of Urban Innovation Summit, which will take place at the Columbia University campus in New York City on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The summit is part of the Commerce Department’s ongoing efforts, through its U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to provide information and resources to innovators and entrepreneurs in the region.

The summit will bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, government officials, and thought leaders in the innovation ecosystem to engage on how government, academia, and industry can work together to spur economic growth. The event will include panels on the evolving role of urban innovation in the American economy, the role of government and universities in technology development, and discussions on what investors and startups want to see in developing policy around innovation.

Avoiding Online Tax Scams

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Created on March 11, 2015
 

Tax TimeIt’s tax season, which means it’s also time for tax scams, with numerous online scams that attempt to steal people’s tax refunds, bank accounts, or identities. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013. Websense Security Labs reported in 2014 it saw approximately 100,000 IRS-related scams in circulation every two weeks.

This year, we need to be especially careful in light of the Anthem Breach, in which data from approximately 80 million customers was exposed, triggering new phishing attacks offering false claims of credit monitoring services.

Users who have already filed their taxes this season can still be vulnerable to tax-related scams. Many schemes take advantage of users by alleging to have information about the filer’s refund, or noting a problem with the return that was previously filed.

One scam that has already been impacting users this season involves phishing emails claiming to be from Intuit’s TurboTax. The emails prompt users to click on links to verify their identity or update their accounts in an attempt to download malware to the victim’s machine, or steal data such as Social Security numbers or financial information.

GSA To Host Small Business Development Fair

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Created on March 9, 2015
 

counselingcornerWhether you are an established small business or just getting started, join us on March 18 for GSA’s Office Small Business Utilization Small Business (OSBU) Development Fair.

The fair will prepare you for opportunities available on our Forecast of Contracting Opportunities and upcoming GSA opportunities posted on Federal Business Opportunities. This is your chance to meet with GSA staff to ask questions and gather information that will help position your company to better understand how to win business.

When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: GSA Conference Center, Room 1460, 1800 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20405

Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Free Webinar Outlines Upcoming Trade Compliance Training

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Created on March 6, 2015
 

On March 11th 1:30 pm EST, take advantage of this FREE presentation to learn about our exciting International Trade Compliance Webinar Training Program.

The program is a webinar series which consists of thirteen one hour to 90 minute webinars starting in early April running through late May 2015. These training webinars will cover

Retirement Savings Made Easy

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Created on March 5, 2015
 

Retirement PlanningThe U.S. Department of the Treasury created myRA (my Retirement Account), a new retirement account, to help people save for retirement. myRA is a simple, safe, and affordable way to take more control of your future. Here are the top questions employees have about myRA.

What is myRA?

myRA is a new type of Roth IRA* – a popular retirement savings tool – that has been specifically designed by the U.S. Treasury to address many of the most common barriers to saving, such as fees and minimum initial contributions. There is no cost to you to participate, and myRA carries no risk of losing money. The account stays with you when you change jobs, and if you have more than one job, you can contribute to it through multiple employers. myRA has no minimum contribution requirement, which means you can contribute the amount you choose.* And best of all, it’s easy to set up and manage.

Who can sign up for myRA?

myRA could be a good option if you don't have access to a retirement savings plan through your job. myRA follows Roth IRA rules so it is generally available to anyone who earns an annual income of less than $129,000 a year for individuals and $191,000 for married couples filing jointly.* You can set up direct deposit into your myRA through your employer.

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