SBA Blog

December 07
The Big Impact If Small Businesses Would Export

Just about a year ago, I made a career transition and joined the U.S. Small Business Administration where I now focus nearly entirely on helping U.S. exporters. Prior to that, I spent seven years...

December 07
How to Use Your Store Window Display to Attract Holiday Shoppers

As an independent retailer, you’ve got to use every weapon in your arsenal to get shoppers into your store this holiday season. But you may be underutilizing one marketing tool that’s right in...

December 07
5 Things to Know about Year-End Bonuses

According to Bank of America’s Fall 2017 Small Business Owner Report, 35%of small businesses plan to offer year-end bonuses. These bonuses are an important way to retain good employees, especially...

December 05
Small Business Owners Share Challenges of Hiring Employees and Gig Workers

Small businesses employ almost half of all workers in the United States and have been responsible for much of the post-2008 economic recovery through their hiring efforts.
Over the past...

December 04
SBA’s Microloan Program Celebrates 25 years in Business

Twenty-five years ago the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) embarked on a journey to support microlending in America by providing loan capital and grants to nonprofit financial institutions...

November 28
7 Types of Advertising That Don’t Cost an Arm and a Leg

Advertising can be a powerful way to deal with marketing challenges such as low brand awareness, a declining customer base or heavy competition. Or perhaps you simply have a desire to drive more...

November 22
"Shop Small" in YOUR community this Small Business Saturday

Your friends and relatives are special. This holiday season, the gifts you give them should be special, too!
Big box stores are making a play for Black Friday and online retailers are...

November 21
What Makes a New Business Forecast Realistic?

This is the second of two parts. The first was What Makes an Ongoing Business Forecast Realistic. I’ve...

November 16
How to Protect Your Small Business from a Negative SEO Attack

Negative SEO -- does it really exist?   And if it does, what is it and how can you protect your site?
Consider this post a short whirlwind tutorial for a typical small business website...

November 16
Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by Encouraging Small Business Exporting

This week marks the 10th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Week. In our increasingly interconnected global economy, it’s important for American small businesses to have the tools to compete on the...

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