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  • Submitted on 16 February 2017

    CautionNow that W-2’s are arriving, it’s time to consider how to stay safe from tax season scams. Every year, unfortunate taxpayers go to file their returns and are shocked to find that someone else has filed a fraudulent one in their name! Some innocent people also receive fraudulent phone calls from criminals impersonating tax officials. Sadly, tax fraud has only become more widespread and digital communication has opened new ways for it to happen.

    While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports on multiple tax-payer related scams, and even publishes a "Dirty Dozen" list, three scams variants are worth highlighting: Phishing and Malware Schemes; Identity Theft and Falsely Filed Tax Returns; and Impersonation Scams. Once criminals have your information, they can also continue to commit identity theft well beyond tax season. Here are some details on each of these scams, along with how to identify them and seek help in case of identity theft.

    Phishing and Malware Schemes:

  • Submitted on 26 January 2017

    Learn about identity theft, new imposter scams targeting businesses, cybersecurity practices to reduce your risk, data breach avoidance and response, and free resources to help you protect your business, employees, and customers.
     
    Speakers from the FTC and IRS will discuss:

  • 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 07 December 2016

    In this month's issue, we'll focus on another aspect of the holiday season: that new device you get or give during the holidays. Whether it's a smartphone, laptop, desktop, tablet, or another device, check out the below tips to help you protect your new technology and secure your personal data.

  • Submitted on 23 November 2016

    For the first time, the Census Bureau has collected information about ownership of intellectual property in its 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO). We now have data to verify what we’ve known for some time—minority business owners are innovative and forward thinking. Based on 2012 SBO results, minority-owned firms equal the rate of patent ownership of nonminority firms. For both groups, one half of one percent of businesses own one or more patents.

    When you look closer at both groups (minority and nonminority firms), it appears that a huge disparity exists. Average earnings for minority-owned firms that own patents are $2.1 million per year, compared to $8.1 million for their non-minority counterparts.

  • 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 19 July 2016

    Created on July 19, 2016
     

    The Grow Her Business: A Resource from Start-up to Scale-up platform is LIVE! Grow Her Business is a searchable repository of nearly 200 premiere, growth-oriented programs. This platform will serve as a resource of valuable information and guidance for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow and scale their businesses. The platform will be an easy-to-use platform functioning as a data repository for relevant tactical resources on how to ideate, launch, and grow a business. A few things:

    • Of the 196 fully coded resources, the primary content for 50 percent is accessed in-person, with at least one resource in every state.

    • The other 50 percent of resources have some or all content online. Of the four types of assistance common to business development programs—technical, education, finance and networking—over half of the resources (106) offered multiple types of assistance within one program, potentially making for a more efficient time investment for women.

    • Fourteen percent provide opportunities for financing, as do several of the multi-assistance resources.

  • Submitted on 29 June 2016

    Created on June 29, 2016
     

    Assess Costs EverywhereThe Department of Commerce's Assess Costs Everywhere tool (ACE) highlights the hidden costs and risks that manufacturers need to consider when deciding where to locate their operations or supply chains in the United States. 

    Since launching ACE in April 2013, the Department's Office of the Chief Economist has periodically updated the data and research underlying its analysis of 10 costs and risks.  This week, coinciding with the third SelectUSA Investment Summit, we are announcing a new set of updates to the tool. The Summit brings together global companies, U.S. economic development agencies, and other parties working to encourage and facilitate investment in the United States—people who have done the calculus that ACE promotes and find that investing in the United States pays off.

  • Submitted on 13 April 2016

    Created on April 13, 2016
     

    Register Now For the Upcoming Federal Lab Consortium 2016 National Meeting

    Register Now For the Upcoming Federal Lab Consortium 2016 National Meeting

    In today’s fast-paced economy, many aspiring entrepreneurs understand the invaluable role that technology innovation plays in determining the long term success of a new company.  Moreover, as the United States continues to serve as a catalyst and champion for technology innovation in the 21st century, many minority business owners are now poised to transform their ideas from research and development to commercially-developed products and services.

  • Submitted on 11 March 2016

    Created on March 11, 2016
     

    One of the larger trade categories, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Goods includes optical fibers, audio-video equipment, television reception apparatus, coaxial cable, and batteries, in addition to those items covered by the World Trade Organization's Information Technology Agreement, whose coverage was recently expanded to include over 200 new product categories. These items range from machines that bring the Internet into our homes; entertainment to our televisions, radios, and mobile devices; processing power to cash registers and point of sale systems; all the way to the crucial technologies needed to help teach children across the world.

    Technology plays a critical role in both economic growth and job creation in the United States.

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