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Employee Rights Notice Posting

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Employee Rights Under the NLRA PosterAs of January 31, 2012, most private sector employers are required to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The notice should be posted in a conspicuous place, where other notifications of workplace rights and employer rules and policies are posted. Employers also should publish a link to the notice on an internal or external website if other personnel policies or workplace notices are posted there.

For further information about the posting, including a detailed discussion of which employers are covered by the NLRA, and what to do if a substantial share of the workplace speaks a language other than English, please see the National Labor Relations Board Frequently Asked Questions. For additional languages visit the National Labor Relations Board website.

You may download and print the notice using the links below. You may also fill out this form or call 202-273-0064 and copies will be mailed free of charge.

How to Estimate the Cost of Starting a Business from Scratch

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Caron Beesley

Dollars and CalculatorsHow much does it cost to start your own business?

Of course, the answer depends on your business model and your chosen industry. However, a useful estimate based on a 2009 study conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation  puts the average cost of starting a new business from scratch at just over $30,000.

Many small businesses, particularly freelance, online and home-based businesses come in a lot lower than this, often needing only a few thousand to get started.

But averages aside, what can you do to calculate your specific startup costs? Read on.

Understand the Types of Costs a Startup Will Incur

Before you do any estimating it’s important to understand how startup costs are categorized. All startup costs (meaning the period before you start generating income) include two kinds of spending: expenses and assets.

10 Rules for Holiday Season Hiring

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Dan Hannaher

As the economy continues to gain traction, many small retailers are forced to put more of their economic eggs in the holiday season shopping basket.  Hoping to take advantage of an uptick in consumer confidence, a three-month end-of-year holiday splash is possible, but may be more difficult this season.

So hiring extra help for the hoped-for push should be thought out more than ever.  Here are some ways to help make short-term hires pay off.

10.  Have a Staffing Plan

Know what it takes to get specific tasks done, and how long it should take for a competent person to learn what you want them to do.  Resist the temptation to be over-optimistic about what you will need to handle holiday season volumes.

9.  Know How Much a New Hire Really Costs

Recruiting, hiring, training, employment taxes, wages, etc., all have costs.  Compare these costs against the expected benefits in increased revenues or saved expenses.  Are you making a wise decision versus paying some overtime to existing staff?

 

22nd Annual OSDBU Procurement Conference

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MBDA

2012 OSDBU Procurement ConferenceThe OSDBU Procurement Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. Now in its 22nd year, the OSDBU Directors Conference has become the premier event for small business throughout the United States.

Apps for Entrepreneurs

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MBDA

Apps for EntrepreneursUpdated on December 20, 2011 - SBA Names Winners in Small Business Mobile Apps Challenge

For most entrepreneurs and small businesses, the Federal government has useful programs and services, but it can be hard to identify, engage and navigate Federal websites.  Often, small businesses do not know that the Federal government already offers a program that they would find useful.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses need better tools to navigate the Federal government’s vast resources – including programs, services, and procurement opportunities.  The goal of the Apps for Entrepreneurs is to give small businesses and entrepreneurs those better tools through this challenge format.

How to Enter

To enter, participants should develop an innovative application designed for the Web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, or any platform broadly accessible on the open internet that utilizes data which is freely available on Federal government websites.

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
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