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#DineSmall on Small Business Saturday

Dine Small on November 29

November 29th is Small Business Saturday and this year SBA is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to encourage families who shop small to #DineSmall at local restaurants and watering holes in the evening.

To help promote #DineSmall, we're asking restaurants to share their special menus for Small Business Saturday Night on social media using the #ShowUsYourMenu tag.

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From the Administrator: Young Entrepreneurs Inspire as Global Summit Kicks Off

Last week, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet met young entrepreneurs at Morocco’s Cadi Ayyad University at a special youth gathering to open the fifth-annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). In her own words, here's the story on her inspiring encounter.

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Join our #SmallGoesBig Twitter Chat for

Holiday Marketing Tips

The holiday season is here and we want to make sure you are prepared. Join us along with Twitter, Google, Hootsuite, Hubspot, Infusionsoft, the CEO and President of GrowBiz Media Rieva Lesonsky and SCORE for a Twitter chat on holiday marketing ideas for small businesses. We’ll be sharing ideas and taking your questions via the hashtag #SmallGoesBig.

What: Holiday Marketing Twitter Chat for Small Businesses

When: November 24 at 1pm ET | 10am PT

Who: @SBAgov, @TwitterSmallBiz, @Rieva, @Hubspot, @HootsuitePro @GoogleSMB, @Infusionsoft and @SCOREMentors

Get Involved:Submit your questions and follow the conversation via #SmallGoesBig.

21 More Corporations Take SupplierPay Pledge

SupplierPay is about paying small suppliers on time and keeping their interest rates low, so they can invest in new equipment, new products and new people. Twenty-six U.S. corporations took the SupplierPay pledge this summer, and 21 additional corporations have signed on.

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WEBINAR: SBA and the U.S. Postal Service Present: The Power of Direct Mail

Think that direct mail is dead? Think again: According to a 2012 study by Exact Target magazine, 65% of consumers have made a purchase as the result of a Direct Mail piece. Join us Thursday, December 4 at 3 PM ET for a presentation to learn about:

  • Using Direct Mail to acquire new customers
  • Using Direct Mail to retain existing customers
  • The 40/40/20 rule and how it means more dollars for your company
  • How Direct Mail amplifies your campaign by boosting your conversion rate

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3 Up-and-Coming Social Tools and How to Use Them to Market

If you’re like most small business owners, you’re probably too busy to stay on top of the latest and greatest social media marketing tools. So here's a rundown of three tools that can benefit you. Explore how you can use them to market your small business.

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Webinar: The Five Pillars of Business Security

Join SBA and ADT Business to learn about actionable strategies to protect your small business from top to bottom and keep it secure, even under changing circumstances. Learn the critical elements of fostering a secure organization. Tune in Thursday, December 11 at 1 PM ET.

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Feeding Your Employees: What Can You Deduct?

It’s common for companies to pay for employee meals under a variety of circumstances, from being on the road for company business or snacking in the lunchroom. From a tax perspective, the circumstances under which you furnish food determine the extent to which you can write off your costs.

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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 ACA 101 webinars in Spanish. Below are the registration links for the upcoming Spanish-language webinars, which are held every other Tuesday.


From Military Base to Business: Resources that Help Veterans Make the Move to Entrepreneurship

To help veterans succeed in the transition from service to entrepreneurship, extensive support from both the public and private sector is readily available. Here’s a rundown of free training, financing and mentoring opportunities available to vets.

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Why A Mentor is Key to Small Business Growth and Survival

By presidential proclamation, November is National Entrepreneurship Month and a time for celebrating America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the nation’s economy. And with that comes recognizing the role of mentors to help those small businesses succeed.

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Build Your Business Credit: 5 Key Reasons to Get Started

Building business credit is just as important as taking good care of your personal credit. In the business world, a company does not have a consumer FICO® Score. Instead, it has business credit scores, ratings maintained and calculated by business credit reporting agencies. Here are five reasons to start building business credit today.

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Veterans Can Make Great Franchise Owners

Veterans bring lot of great things to the table. They’re trained, disciplined, focused and they know how to obey rules, which goes a long way in franchising. Here's some insight from franchise expert Joel Libava about how veterans and franchises can be a great business match.

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Austin: Backdrop for Three Co-located STEM-Driven Innovation Events Focused on Small Businesses

Get the scoop on three Austin, Texas events that addressed small businesses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields: The Defense Energy Summit & Innovation Showcase, the Smart Cities Innovation Challenge and the National SBIR/STTR Conference & Showcase.

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