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  • Submitted on 14 March 2017

    Recruitment now underway to help increase small business development in underserved communities 

    The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the launch of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Initiative, a seven-month executive-level training series targeting small businesses with high-growth potential in underserved cities across the nation.  This year, three new cities have been added, bringing the number of participating communities to 55.

  • Submitted on 08 March 2017

    Fintech Series: Crowdfunding Peer-to-PeerFinancial technology remains a hot topic for consumers, offering the possibilities of increased convenience and access to financial services at a lower cost. As part of its FinTech Forum series, the FTC continues to promote public discussion of the ways in which innovative FinTech services – many provided by non-banks and technology companies within the FTC’s jurisdiction – can benefit consumers and the potential issues for stakeholders to keep in mind. Like the first FinTech Forum on marketplace lending, the FTC’s second FinTech Forum brought government and industry participants, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders together. They discussed two evolving types of financial technology: peer-to-peer payment systems and crowdfunding platforms.

    Peer-to-peer payment systems are online services – often mobile apps – that allow consumers to exchange money electronically. Millennials may account for the majority of early adopters, but as two panelists pointed out, people across all age groups use peer-to-peer payment systems and these services are expected to grow among older users. Some panelists touted the potential benefits that peer-to-peer payment services offer consumers, including convenience, speed, and the relatively low cost of sending money, and suggested that benefits like that could be particularly important to consumers in financial distress.

  • Submitted on 26 January 2017

    Government Contracting 101, Part 1: An Introduction to Federal Contracting (Webinar)
    February 1, 2017

    This webinar provides an overview of the Federal Government contracting process. It is designed for Small Business Concerns that are new to the world of federal procurement. We will focus on 10 Simple Steps to get started in Government contracting including: how to   determine if Federal Contracting is right for your business, choosing your MANICS Code(s) and registering in SAM/DOSS.

    Register at https://events.sba.gov/Events/event/government-contracting-101-part-1-an-introduction-to-federal-contracting-webinar/

  • Submitted on 10 January 2017

    Recruitment for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders 2017 training cycle is now underway at selected and we’re looking for interested small businesses.Since 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 4,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues its impact in helping small business owners grow and create jobs.

  • Submitted on 28 December 2016

    Only a few more days of indulgent holiday gatherings, vacation, and movie marathons before it is time to commit to your New Year's Resolutions of eating better, exercising more, and flossing every day. For those of us running a business, or thinking of starting a business, the New Year is also a great time to make a few business-minded resolutions. Here are our top six #BizGoals suggestions:

    1. Learn to delegate. Even if you are a one-person business, figure out what you can outsource. This will allow you to focus on managing and growing your business.  

  • Submitted on 01 December 2016

    Small Business Saturday is over, but it’s not the only opportunity for local small businesses to capture customers’ dollars this holiday season. Whether you’re a retailer, restaurateur or own a service business such as a hair salon, there are plenty of opportunities to market your biz for holidays. Here are 22 ideas to get you started.

  • Submitted on 25 November 2016

    The Minority Business Development Agency shares five reasons local consumers should shop small on Small Business Saturday Nov. 26 and throughout the holiday season:

    1. Support Local Job Growth
      Small businesses create two out of three net new private-sector jobs in the U.S. which spurs economic development and job growth.

    2. Make an Economic Impact 
      The average consumer spent $170 on Small Business Saturday last year for a total of $16.2 billion spent at local Main Street merchants.

  • Submitted on 08 November 2016

    Small Business Owners Prepare for the Most Important Shopping Day of the Year

    Mark your calendar, now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday (November 26) is a day where every shopper can play a part to support their local economy and the small business owners who provide the majority of our economic growth.

  • Submitted on 03 November 2016

    Want something old and something new, all in one? Check out the FTC’s updated “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business.” It’s the same principles that we’ve relied on for years, but with a new twist.

    You’ll find the latest tips about technologies that have emerged since we last published the guide. And a fresh look to match the Start with Security business education campaign.

    The updated version relies on the same bedrock principles: (1) Take Stock, (2) Scale Down, (3) Lock It, (4) Pitch It and (5) Plan Ahead. And the new twist? Here’s a glimpse of some of the updated advice:

  • Submitted on 26 September 2016

    One of the most effective ways to grow your business is also one of the oldest: networking. While it may not get as much buzz these days as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, old-fashioned, face-to-face networking is still essential for building a business.

    If networking makes you nervous, try these tips to make it easier, more effective and maybe even fun.

    1. Set goals for networking. Like any business effort, you need to set measurable goals so you can determine the best networking strategy; such as making X number of new contacts or qualified leads per month.

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