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Labor Day Is About More Than Good BBQ

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

September 5th, 1882, was a Tuesday. That day, five local unions in New York City reserved the city's largest park for a massive celebration of its lab...

Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Spotlight at White House Today

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

America's greatest innovators come from all states, not just from Silicon Valley. They can be students in Boise, a farmer in McMullen or a single parent in Anchorage. Unfortunately, securing the resources they need is often a daunting task.

Five Things I Love About Having a Strategic Growth Plan for My Small Business

Helen Callier | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Helen Callier

A Leader that works on the business guiding a team to achieve an established vision versus working in the business i.e. hands on in producing a widget or doing the actual hammering. By working on your small business you are in a better position to lead your organization through its mission, goals and strategies.

In FY14, Uncle Sam Breaks Record for Small Business Contracting

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

This past Friday at the Pentagon, SBA released its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard, and I was delighted to report that in Fiscal Year 2014 the federal government awarded the highest percentage of contracting dollars to small businesses since we started keeping score.

Is Small Business for Me?

Marc Joseph | Posted 06.01.2015 | Small Business
Marc Joseph

Some small business owners promise the world, but going after all the business at one time drains your cash and profitability -- and you may lose sight of quality, delivery time and follow through.

3 Ways Long Term Federal Transportation Funding Help Small Businesses Grow In America

Helen Callier | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
Helen Callier

While many are able to benefit from public transportation, the reality is short term federal funding bills for transportation infrastructure for more than 10 years has left small businesses at the curve impacting job creation in our nation.

5 Tips to Drastically Improve Your Email Marketing

Jonathan Long | Posted 06.23.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Email marketing provides a huge opportunity for business growth when done correctly, so I wanted to put together a list of tips that you can easily adapt to your strategy.

3 Dirty Secrets Your Marketing Agency Hides From You

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You may love your marketing agency, but I'll let you in on a secret. If you're a business owner or director of marketing that's paid 5, 6 or even 7 figures for a 'marketing rebrand' lately call your accountant! Your marketing agency is cheating on you.

5 Basic Local SEO Tips for SMBs With No Budget

Jonathan Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

As a small business owner you know that you must have a website -- but what good does it do if your potential customers can't find you online?

3 Reasons Why Marketing Technologists Are Your Next Hire

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Marketing is becoming more tech-savvy than the IT department. According to CIO Magazine CMOs are going to spend more than CIOs on technology, software and services.

Legislation Increasing Support to SBA Investment Program a Step Forward for Entrepreneurs Looking for Capital

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.25.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

House legislation seeks to provide greater access to capital for entrepreneurs by expanding the amount available to small business investments through the SBA's Small Business Investment Company program

SBA Launches Online Matchmaking for Small Business Loans

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

If there's broad agreement that small businesses are the engine that powers the American economy, shouldn't it be easier to fuel the tank?

Fiscally Responsible SBA Has Strong Case for FY16 Budget

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.08.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Our two main lending vehicles -- the 7(a) and 504 programs -- delivered $29 billion in small-business loans to entrepreneurs last year. In FY16, we expect another banner year, and taxpayers won't be on the hook to cover any potential losses, as we're requesting and managing a zero taxpayer subsidy for our core capital programs.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Help Fuel Record Growth Streak

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.08.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Immigrant-owned firms today employ one in 10 U.S. workers. Immigrant entrepreneurs are twice as likely to start a business as native-born citizens. While they account for 16 percent of the labor force nationally, immigrants make up 28 percent of Main Street Business owners.

Maria Contreras-Sweet on Running the Small Business Administration

Tom Fox | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who came to the United States from Mexico as a child, is the administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). In this interview, Contreras-Sweet discusses her approach to leading the SBA and explains how her immigrant background shaped her outlook on public service.

Trade Deals Would Open New Channels for Small Business Growth

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Passing new trade agreements would be critical to our smaller exporters, which don't have offshore affiliates to help them overcome trade barriers and gain market access. Trade promotion opens doors for small businesses that would otherwise remain closed.

3 Proven Ways for Female Entrepreneurs to Turn a Good Idea Into a Good Income

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Kari Warberg Block

Starting without cash in the bank is possible, but it takes an approach that is both practical and inspired. Since my business journey began with little more than an idea, I wanted to share three pieces of advice with you for making it big when starting with nothing...

'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.20.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The SBA's mission is to help small businesses grow. When companies that were once small become some of America's biggest brands with our help, it gives all of us here at the agency a reason for holiday cheer.

5 Things Your SEO Strategy Needs to Focus on Entering 2015

Jonathan Long | Posted 02.17.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Yes, it is that time of the year again when everyone starts to predict what SEO will look like in the coming year. Google's algorithm is constantly changing. There are public updates as well as refreshes and tweaks that occur on a regular basis.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

5 Mistakes New Online Businesses Need to Avoid

Jonathan Long | Posted 02.07.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Offering your products or services online can introduce your business to a worldwide audience and contribute to exponential growth.

Small Businesses Drive U.S. Job Recovery

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.04.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that our economy added 321,000 jobs in November. That's 57 consecutive months we've added jobs -- the longest employment growth streak since America started keeping track.

10 Affordable Tools to Help Your Business Thrive Online

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.31.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

There are several tools available to help online businesses operate smoothly and increase productivity, but with so many choices how do you know what ones are worth looking into? It can be extremely overwhelming, so I put together a list of 10 affordable tools that can really help your business succeed online.

Small And Minority-Owned Businesses: Seven Tips To Rebound And Rebuild After Unrest

Helen Callier | Posted 01.25.2015 | Small Business
Helen Callier

History has shown repeatedly that business dreams are birthed through chaos and from the ashes of despair, new business ideas rise. I encourage all the small and black-owned businesses impacted by looting and fire in Ferguson, MO to stay in the game and to know that their customers are waiting for them.

Improve Holiday Conversion Rates With These 13 Email Marketing Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.19.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Consumers are becoming immune to email marketing and most emails get deleted without even being looked at. The following 13 email marketing tips can be used to create emails that capture your customers' attention, receive a high open-rate and result in holiday sales for your business.