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Monday, February 2, 2015  
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Trade Deals Would Open New Channels for Small Business Growth

During his State of the Union address, President Obama noted that “95 percent of the world’s customers live outside our borders.” And today, 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses, but more than half are only selling to one foreign market. It’s time to take action to help more entrepreneurs reach new markets for their goods and services.

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Get a Fresh Start for the New Year with SBA Resource Partners

Each year the SBA helps more than one million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with their business start-up and growth. If you have thought about starting your small business in the New Year, the SBA can help you with a fresh business start.

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How Do I Find an EIN?

One of the key requirements for most new businesses (or businesses that are restructuring) is obtaining an Employer Identification Number, or EIN, from the IRS. Here’s what you need to know about EINs and how to go about getting one for your business.

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FinancingCalculating Costs for Starting Your Small Business?

Gain insights about how to estimate your start-up costs, which will help you determine what financing you may need to get off the ground, what it will take to reach your breakeven point and manage cash flow once you’re up and running!


How to Guesstimate Your Starting Costs

How much will it take to start that new business you’re thinking of? Use these simple steps to develop a good estimate. You don’t get to know for sure, but if you have the discipline to break things into meaningful pieces, and then research each of the pieces, you’ll have a good idea.

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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 is every Tuesday, 2-3 PM ET from January 6 – February 24, 2015.

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Calling All Comments! Proposed Rule for Government Contracting

Are you a small business owner doing business with the government? The SBA recently published a proposed rule to implement Section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), proposing to change several key areas that could impact you:

  • The performance requirements applicable to small business and socioeconomic program set aside contracts and small business subcontracting
  • The nonmanufacturer rule and affiliation rules
  • The performance requirements for joint ventures

Have comments? Visit the Federal Register online for information and to submit your comments by February 27, 2015.


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 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 Thursdays at 2 PM ET.

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 on select Tuesdays at 4 PM ET.


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