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SBA Announces Video Phone Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Entrepreneurs

Last week, the SBA and FCC launched a Video Phone Service to boost access to services for deaf & hard of hearing entrepreneurs. The new American Sign Language (ASL) Customer Support Line uses video phone technology to connect callers with SBA staff who are deaf and fluent in ASL. 


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New Blog Posts | June 8 - 12, 2015

SBIR Pulse - 2015 National Conference Special Edition - Enhancing Innovation Ecosystems Panel Session

The 2015 SBIR/STTR National Conference is just around the corner. Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with government SBIR/STTR program managers and staff, industry leaders, and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees. 

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Payroll Concerns for Remote Employees

Employers with remote employees should rely on outside payroll companies or other tax experts due to the complexity of payroll withholding for remote staff. These experts can help employers not only do withholding correctly, but also determine how remote workers impact an employer’s state unemployment insurance. 

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Tips for Building an LGBT-Inclusive Workplace

Every June, we celebrate LGBT Pride month. As a small business owner, you can show your support by implementing these best practices for an LGBT-inclusive work environment. Creating a safe space for LGBT employees and customers can make your business more appealing to a diverse group of employees and a growing market of consumers.

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The Discovery and Commercialization Economy - At The Crossroads of Innovation Ecosystems in American Urban Centers

Columbia University and the Department of Commerce along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosted over 800 people in Upper Manhattan to talk about the startup engine that helps fire our country's cylinders.  The forum brought together entrepreneurs, industry, universities, federal, state and local government, investors and thought leaders to engage on the future state of innovation and how they collaborate to spur economic activity based on innovations. 

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Looking Back @ the Women in Investing Roundtable - Amazing Conversation and More to Do

While about 15 percent of venture capital backed companies have women executives, and a mere 2.7 percent of these companies have chief female executives, the need for female representation in the investing industry is more crucial than ever.  Those who sign checks in the front move capital and the need for purse string holders to be diverse is good business.  In a male-led and dominated industry, we feel it is vital that the question brought to the table is discussed further:  where are the women in the investing industry? 


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What a Balance Sheet Reveals About a Small Business

Do you know what your company is worth? Understanding your profit and loss statement and cash flow statement only tells a part of the story of a business. Unfortunately many small business owners tend to overlook one of the key measures that shows the overall health of a business – the balance sheet.

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Tips for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur every now and then it is important to take a step back and really take a look at the big picture and dive back in with refreshed energy. Here are a few points to revisit and reevaluate after you get up and running.

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SBA & Kauffman Founders School Twitter Chat -
Building a Team

June 23, 2015 12pm - 1pm CDT

Join Kauffman Founders School (@KauffmanFS) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) on Twitter as we discuss how Millennial entrepreneurs can build strong founding teams.

Participate in the chat by following @KauffmanFS@SBAgov and the hashtag #MillennialTreps on Twitter.

Webinar | Affordable Care Act 101

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Join us every other Thursday at 2 PM ET.

Join us for the Affordable Care Act 101 webinars in Spanish once a month on Tuesdays at 4 PM ET. 

Webinar | Becoming Your Own Boss: How to Write a Winning Business Plan 

Thursday,  June 18, 2015 at 02:00 PM EDT   

Have you considered developing a plan for your small business? Do you know what elements you should include, like sources of financing and marketing ideas? Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP during a free hour-long webinar on June 18 to learn about: 

  • How to determine if you are ready to open a small business 
  • Why having a business plan is important
  • Basic elements of a business plan
  • Guidance on how to find local counseling resources to help develop your plan
  • How to amend a plan as your business changes

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Event | The National SBIR/STTR Conference & 3rd Annual National Innovation Summit and Showcase 

World Conference, at the Gaylord Convention Center 
June 15-17, 2015

National SBIR/STTR conferences are typically the largest and most important conferences specializing in helping small businesses learn about participating in SBIR/STTR programs. At this conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR/STTR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers

For more information on schedule, workshops and to register VISIT THE WEBSITE


Event | ChallengeHER, Dallas

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Registration 8:00am
Sessions 9:00am - 12:30pm

Women Impacting Public Policy, American Express OPEN, and the SBA have partnered to host women business owners for this special contracting event to empower the success of the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.

>For registration and details visit the website

Learning Center

Competitive Advantage

What sets you apart from your competition? This course will give you basic knowledge on gaining a competitive advantage. 

  • Branding 
  • Identify and targeting customers 
  • Studying your competition 
  • Creating pricing strategies 

Introduction to Pricing

Determining the right price for your product or service can be a difficult task. This course will give you a great foundation to work with as you look to properly price your product or service. 

  • Learn how cost affects pricing 
  • Hear about common pricing mistakes 
  • Learn the three general pricing models for small business. 

Pricing Models for Successful Business

Now that you have a basic understanding of pricing, what comes next? This course will build on that basic knowledge and explore different pricing models. 

  • Learn the differences between cost-based pricing, customer-based pricing and competition-based pricing and the best time to use each.
  • See and hear about different pricing models 

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