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Don't Forget! You Can Still Nominate a Business for the 2015 National Small Business Week Awards

Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2015 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at

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Health Insurance Reminder for Self-Employed

If you're self-employed, you can use the individual Health Insurance Marketplace to enroll in flexible,quality health coveragethat works well for people who run their own businesses. Act fast as open enrollment for coverage beginning January 1 ends on Monday, December 15.

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SHOP Marketplace Webinar Series

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, is offering a webinar series for small business employers, agents, brokers and other interested stakeholders, about important changes in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). The webinar will be offered every Tuesday, 2-3 pm ET from December 2, 2014, – February 24, 2015, (except December 23 and 30).

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ONLINE COURSES: Is Your Small Business Ready for the Holiday Season?

Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers

Learn what marketing is and why it is vital to growth. The course covers how to conduct market research and developing marketing strategies while providing marketing resources for small business owners.

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Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

Learn how to protect your business information online. This self-paced training covers the importance of securing information, the kind of information to secure, types of cyber threats and tips for guarding against online hackers and breaches.

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SBA Loan Programs 101

If you've struggled to get financing in the past or are thinking of venturing into small business loan territory for the first time, you may be wondering what SBA’s loan programs are all about. Here's a brief introduction to SBA’s loan programs – what they are, who can benefit, and how to apply.

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Year-End Bonuses & Taxes: What You Should Know

If your business can afford it and you want to reward employees, year-end cash bonuses may be the way to go. In providing this additional compensation, understand what it means from a tax perspective.

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Free Affordable Care Act 101 webinar covering healthcare reform and your small business hosted by SBA and Small Business Majority. Click to RSVP todayAffordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will host a free Affordable Care Act 101 webinar so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces.


In addition, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS and Small Business Majority for an ACA 101 webinar in Spanish. Below is the registration link.


5 Ways to Build Trust in a Business

Integrity is the barometer by which your customers, lenders, potential business partners and employees evaluate you and your business. Here are five ways you can build trust in your business

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8 Steps to Becoming a Consultant at 50+

Findings from MBO Partners show that nearly 5 million baby boomers work as independent professionals – and 83 percent held traditional jobs before starting their own businesses. If you’re interested in consulting or contracting as your second career, these steps can help you get started.

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