Created on December 10, 2014
Getting health coverage for your small business for 2015 is easier than ever before. For the first time, you can use the SHOP Marketplace to enroll online for coverage that starts as early as January 2015. Learn more about how to enroll with this step-by-step guide.
Here are just a few benefits of buying coverage through the SHOP Marketplace.
Convenience: Find, compare, select and offer your employees coverage.
Choice: Choose among health plans at different coverage levels to find the one that’s right for you and your employees. In some states you can offer your employees a choice among all plans at the coverage level you choose.
Useful information and tools: Find out if you qualify for SHOP and what the small business health care tax credit might be worth to you. Then, find and compare plans before selecting one.
Access to tax credits: You may qualify for a tax credit worth as much as 50% of your contribution to employee premiums when you buy coverage through the SHOP Marketplace and meet other eligibility requirements.
Created on December 9, 2014
Free Webinar: U.S. Business Opportunities for 2016 Olympics
Brazil is experiencing major growth in the Design and Construction sectors. The country has captured global attention as its major cities undergo a construction boom related to the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Learn about upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games and procurement opportunities.
Opportunities in the Design and Construction sectors can be found in areas such as real estate, airports, ports, hospitality, oil and gas, hospitals, etc.
For 45 years, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) programs have focused on providing greater access to business opportunities that better equip minority business owners to create jobs, build scale and capacity, and contribute to the U.S. economy.
In response to the President’s call to make 2014 “a year of action,” MBDA ensured that we reached many more minority-owned firms throughout the nation. In addition to reaching new heights, MBDA was active in expanding its reach and services for the rapidly growing segment of the economy we serve. We opened seven new MBDA Business Centers in Baltimore, MD, Bridgeport, CT, Houston, TX, Bronx, NY, St. Louis, MO, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, D.C.
Created on December 3, 2014
The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration works hard to help companies that are ready to export compete and succeed in global markets.
We want to emphasize that it’s never too early for entrepreneurs to start thinking about exporting – determining financing needs, targeting markets, conducting research, etc.
As we’ve worked with global startups, we’ve learned it can be difficult for entrepreneurs to connect to existing resources to help them go global. We realize that start-ups differ in their capabilities at various stages of the business development process, but want to help young businesses incorporate export plans into their business model as early as possible.
One great way to get started is to be a part of ExporTech, which can help your company develop its export plan, then have it vetted by a panel of experts. More than 575 companies have participated in Exportech, with an average sales increase or retention of $770,000.
Created on December 3, 2014
Locally-owned small retailers can earn 50 percent or more of total annual sales during the critical holiday shopping period between Black Friday and New Year’s Day. The business choices made during this important period can have direct effects on a small firm’s cash flow for the entire year. The SBA surveyed several business counselors from the Colorado Small Business Development Centers and SCORE to compile this list of the top six hurdles small retailers face during the busy holiday shopping season.
Lack of inventory control. Inventory control is crucial for all small retailers, especially during the busy holiday sales months. It is important to remember that inventory equals profits, and knowing how much product to order, when to order it, and what items to order can make the difference between having cash in the bank or aging inventory on the shelves.