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Hannover Messe 2011 Photo Gallery

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Play VideosAs part of MBDA’s ongoing mission to promote the tremendous capabilities of minority-owned firms and the promise of phenomenal growth through exporting and strategic alliances internationally, Director Hinson was the featured speaker at the U.S. Global Business & Markets pavilion on Monday, April 4. View additonal videos at sell-american.com.

National Director Hinson joined Ambassador Philip Murphy, U.S. Assistant Secretary Michael Camunez and Deputy Assistant Secretary Brian McGowan of Economic Development Administration to promote the Obama administration's National Export Initiative (NEI) as well as to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the U.S.

 

Beyond Bankruptcy: Does the Bankruptcy Code Provide A Fresh Start to Entrepreneurs?

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Beyond Bankruptcy ReportSmall businesses that have previously filed for bankruptcy are no more burdened than other small firms by poor cash flow, high health insurance costs, or excessive taxes, and they attain similar firm sizes, according to a study released today by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. However, they have about a 24 percent higher likelihood of being denied a loan and are charged interest rates at least 1 percent higher than other firms. The report finds that firms owned by African and Latino Americans are even more likely to be denied loans and charged higher interest rates.
 
“Small businesses filing for bankruptcy have an opportunity for a new start. This new start is hampered by the challenges of obtaining new loans. This can impede innovation and job creation,” said Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant.
 

Educational Videos by SBA, INC. & ATT Promote Exports by U.S. Firms

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Exporting Small businesses seeking to grow their businesses and create jobs through exporting can turn to new, free educational videos created through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Inc. Magazine and AT&T.

Through the public-private partnership, a series of video modules has been developed to inspire and encourage American small businesses to actively pursue exporting and to educate them on how to do so.

SBA Opens Temporary Refinancing Program to Real Estate Mortgages Maturing after December 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Small business owners with eligible commercial real estate mortgages maturing after Dec. 31, 2012, will be able to secure more stable, long-term financing through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s temporary 504 refinancing program as a result of a change that will be published in The Federal Register by April 6.

In February, SBA implemented a temporary refinancing program enacted under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which allowed small businesses facing maturing commercial real estate mortgages or balloon payments before Dec. 31, 2012, to refinance with an SBA 504 loan. The SBA change will lift the date limitation and will allow more small businesses to secure stable, long-term financing and avoid potential foreclosure on mortgages approved before and during the recession that were based on inflated real estate values.

“With the collapse of the real estate bubble, many small business owners have found themselves unable to refinance as a result of inflated real estate values at the time they took out their mortgage,” SBA Administrator Karen Mills said. “SBA’s temporary 504 refinancing program was first made available to those small businesses with the most immediate need. Today’s step opens this critical assistance to more small businesses, giving them the opportunity to restructure their debt and free up capital that will be essential to keeping their doors open and also their future ability to grow and create jobs.”  
 

Surety Bond Rule Changes for Disaster Areas

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has made regulatory changes to its Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) program, including higher surety bond guarantee limits that will help construction and service sector firms secure larger contracts for work in areas impacted by disasters.

The changes are related to the Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvements Act of 2008, which increases the eligible amount for contracts or orders related to a major disaster area. 

The changes, which were originally published as part of a Proposed Rule in The Federal Register in April 2010, are now final and include:

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