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  • Submitted on 15 March 2017

    AwardsMarketing is everything these days, and if your business is successful enough to hire a marketing firm, that’s great. But it takes years of hard work for most companies to get to that point. So what do you do in the interim? How do you get exposure to propel your firm to the next level?

    Start by nominating yourself business awards. Here’s what you have to gain:

    1. Sales: Selling your products and services in today's competitive marketplace is tough. A business award or nomination can serve as a 3rd party endorsement. The added credibility can be used to close deals.

  • Submitted on 15 March 2017

    Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Boot Camp coming up in May.  Application period underwayThe Rutgers University Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development’s (CUEED) Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation Initiative aims to increase the number of under-represented inventors, scientists and technology- focused Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) engaged in federally-funded innovation and technology programs.

    In May 2017, CUEED PII will host a Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Boot Camp at Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey.  Applicants to the CUEED PII Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Boot Camp should meet the following criteria:

  • Submitted on 15 March 2017

    USA Mexico FlagsThe San Antonio MBDA Export Center is leading a business development trip to Mexico City during the week of March 20th!

    The Center will bring some qualified and export-ready clients to explore opportunities to expand their reach into the Mexican market.

    The MBDA Export Center will continue to schedule business development trips to other mayor markets in Latin America to be able to assist directly larger minority owned firms to tap into global markets and also to expand into new international markets.

  • 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 30 January 2017

    1. Education vs Experience

    In this case, experience trumps education. When choosing your successor, look for candidates who have real world experience. The appropriate experience allows for impromptu mitigation for any crises, budget cuts, and managing overall workplace culture.  These individuals are solution-oriented and will be able to resolve issues without extensive oversight.

    2. Look from Within

  • 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

  • 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

    While December is a busy time for small businesses trying to end the year on a high note, it should also be a time for introspection and review. After all, December is National Write a Business Plan Month!

    You might think this occasion is reserved for new, aspiring business owners. But a business plan is so crucial for success that it’s also a good idea to take time to review your plan on a regular basis. This month is a great time for that.

  • Submitted on 17 November 2016

    Any armchair economist will tell you that entrepreneurship is central to a healthy economy. What they probably won’t tell you is that the rate of entrepreneurship in the United States has significantly declined over the last several decades. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in the late 1970s, at least 15 percent of American businesses were startups. Despite the popularity of business-venture-themed TV shows such as ABC’s Shark Tank, the number of new businesses has fallen to just 8 percent of all U.S. business operations.

    The reasons are varied, with both new and historic challenges contributing to the problem. As you might imagine, the Great Recession of 2008-2010 has played no small role.


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