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Tuesday, February 17, 2015  
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SBA Loans Explained – A Small Business 101

If you have 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 what you should know!

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SBA Administrator and SealFrom the Administrator: SBA Launches Online Matchmaking for Small Business Loans

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? SBA's new initiative LINC (Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital) does just that. Learn about this new matchmaking service to help entrepreneurs connect with a lender.

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Today is the Last Day to Get 2015 Health Coverage

Today is the Open Enrollment deadline to sign up for 2015 health coverage. SBA is encouraging entrepreneurs who do not have employer-sponsored health coverage to join the millions of Americans who have already gotten affordable, high quality health coverage through the Marketplaceand get covered today. Small business owners who want to purchase coverage for their employees through the SHOP Marketplace can continue to enroll beyond the February 15 deadline since enrollment in SHOP is year-round.

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Oops! How to Fix Your Tax Mistakes

We all make mistakes and when it comes to taxes it’s all too easy to slip up. Recognizing mistakes and fixing them as quickly as possible is the key to minimizing interest and penalties and getting back on track. Here's how!

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6 Home Business Ideas That Can Pay Off (+ Tips for Getting Started)

Home businesses are a booming! In fact, 52 percent of all small businesses are home-based, according to the latest data from the SBA Office of Advocacy. But what types of businesses thrive in the home environment? Here are six ideas to explore (plus some tips on getting started).

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Webinar: Choose a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business

Get practical information and helpful tips to understand and compare the options to start and operate a retirement savings plan. The options provide an effective way to save for a secure retirement and most provide tax advantages for both employers and employees. Join our webinar Thursday, February 26 at 2 PM EDT.

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Taking America’s Largest Seed Fund on the Road

At the SBA, we oversee America’s Largest Seed Fund, formally known as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. And to ensure that all of America’s future innovators are aware of this advantageous funding opportunity, we're taking the show on the road with an 18-state SBIR Road Tour.

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Community Banking, Vibrant and Dynamic

Get the scoop on last week's American Bankers Association (ABA) Community Bankers Conference, where representatives from SBA talked about the agency's signature credit programs, the 7a and 504, and the opportunities for community bankers with the Small Business Investment Company program.

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3 Resources To Help You Crack the Export Market

U.S. businesses are selling more goods and services abroad than ever before, reaching an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013 with 97 percent of all exports consistently coming from small businesses. Many small businesses still face big challenges when it comes to financing and managing their export business – and SBA is here to help.

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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.


5 Reasons to Start a Home-Based Internet Business

According to Forbes, more than 52% of all small businesses in the U.S. are home based. If you're like most people who dream about starting their own business, now may be the best time to take the first step.

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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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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.


On a Mission: Finding Life Cycle Environmental Solutions

Check out the latest from EPA's SBIR Program about two companies on the path to helping achieve its mission to protect human health and the environment across air, water, climate change, waste and manufacturing.

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SBA Proposes Rule to Establish Mentor Protégé Program for all Small Businesses

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 directed SBA to establish a Government-wide Mentor Protégé program for all small business concerns. While SBA’s current mentor protégé program is only offered to eligible participants in the 8(a) Business Development program, the proposed Small Business Mentor Protégé Program Rule would create a new program that would be available to all small businesses.

Have comments? Visit regulations.govfor more information and to submit your comments by April 6.

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