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Celebrating Earth Day With the SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has taken a dual approach to sustainability this Earth Day. The SBA is leading by example by reducing the environmental impact of our own operations while continuing to offer resources to small businesses who are interested in “going green.”

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National Small Business Week is May 4-8, 2015. Sign up now for our free webinars!

National Small Business Week

Webinar | The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint

with YP

Monday, May 04, 2015
6:00 PM Eastern Time 

Consumers are serious researchers. When they are on the hunt for a new product or service, they will search across devices, use multiple sites, and make decisions after reading quality content and reviewing videos and images. Join Steve Strauss, USA Today Small Business columnist, and Jeff Biesman from YP for this action-oriented conversation.

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Webinar | Voluntary Benefits: Not Just For the Big Guys 

with Colonial Life

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
4:00 PM Eastern Time 

Many small businesses do not offer benefits. Many business owners don’t think they can afford them, don’t know that their business is large enough to qualify, or think they’re too much of an administrative hassle.  But the truth is, you can offer a strong benefits package to your employees, even though your business is small. Join this webinar to learn more about:

  • What are voluntary benefits and how can they help your business?
  • What is the gap between what employers think their employees want in benefits, and what the employees actually want?
  • How can you offer voluntary benefits and actually realize cost savings?
  • What should business owners look for in a voluntary benefits partner?

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SBA Modernization Is Unlocking Commercial Capital

Small business loans on the balance sheets of banks are down about 20 percent since the financial crisis. In response to this challenge, Maria Contreras-Sweet worked with the SBA staff to develop a modernization agenda to help SBA operate quickly and get more capital out the door. 
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5 Factors of Audit Risk for Small Businesses

While your risk of being audited is low and likely to stay low according to the IRS commissioner, it’s still scary to think you may find yourself under the IRS microscope. Can you avoid this? Maybe. Will knowing your risk factors put you more at ease? Hopefully.  Here are 5 factors that impact audit risk for small businesses.

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Before You Export: 5 Tips for Gathering Market Intel

Did you know that more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States? That’s a staggering number – and perhaps even more so is this figure: only one percent of U.S. small businesses are selling to those consumers.

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3 Main Points Before You Establish Credit for Your Business

Here are various factors to consider when deciding to use credit for your business. The most crucial and overlooked component is can you afford to use it? Every business’s credit needs are different. Many small business owners have the misconception that if business credit is granted to them, they can afford to use it. 

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Spring Has Sprung: Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Ideas at Two DC Events This Past Weekend

Nate Yohannes and Javier Saade participated in startup pitching rounds in Washington, D.C. On Friday night Nate was a judge at Mark Cuban's Recess, the college version of ABC's Shark Tank. On Saturday, ABC's Shark Tank made a stop in Anacostia's Hive 2.0.

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Register Now! Discover Global Markets Conference
May 12-14 in Miami, FL

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Florida District Export Council for DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: The Americas, the premier international business conference for U.S. executives. Come explore new market opportunities and learn effective strategies from senior U.S. Diplomats and business leaders in the region.

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Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101webinars 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. 


Learning Center

Savings Plans for Small Businesses 
Do you have a plan for saving the money your business makes? The course looks at the importance of having a long-term savings plan and considers:

  • Retirement
  • Taxes and tax breaks
  • Unexpected life events

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