Category Archives: SBA

SBA 2020 Small Business Week Award Nominations Open

Early Bird Deadline is December 20th

National Small Business Week #SmallBusinessWeek Are You The Next Winner? SBA

Are you a small business owner with an amazing story to tell; or, do you know of a small business that deserves recognition?

If so, submit your nomination today for the 2020 National Small Business Week Awards.

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the achievements of America’s small businesses and the contributions they make to their local communities, and to the nation’s economy. Continue reading

Considerations and Resources for Small Businesses That Want to Sell Their Products Internationally

According to the most recent International Trade Association data available through the Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 97.7 percent of the U.S. firms that export goods to other countries. In fact, they account for over one-third of the United States’ known export value.

With business technology ever evolving, expanding our collaboration and communication capabilities, we can assume that more small business owners will want to seize opportunities to extend their customer base beyond U.S borders. With 96 percent of global consumers living outside of the United States (according to the U.S. Department of State), reaching a global market can fuel revenue growth and offer some protection against fluctuations in the U.S. domestic markets. Continue reading

The Continued Growth of Fitness Franchises

According to a National Health Interview Survey, for the first time, more than half of Americans reported that they got the recommended amount of leisure-time aerobic activity.

Compare that to 2006, when only 43 percent of Americans hit that physical activity threshold.

That means that more Americans than ever are focused on getting/staying fit. And fitness franchise businesses are reaping the rewards.

Could a fitness franchise opportunity be the right one for you?

Washington business registration renewal letter scam.

Misleading Letter vs. Official Letter

Businesses in Washington should be aware of a possibly fraudulent letter claiming to be an official bill for annual business registration fees.

One letter received by an Edmonds-based business directed the business to send $121.86 to a post office box in Olympia. The letter stated, “your state annual report will not be filed until payment is received.”

The misleading letter did not include the Office of Secretary of State logo, as an official letter from the Office of Secretary of State would – see the example pictured above.  Continue reading

The U.S. Small Business Administration is here to help.

Military Appreciation Month - Let the SBA serve you.

This Military Appreciation Month the SBA highlights our support for veterans as they enter the world of business ownership. 

The following are three ways you can take advantage of SBA resources to start, grow and expand your veteran-owned business:

1. Visit your VBOC – the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is devoted to promoting veteran entrepreneurship. They oversee Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) across the country which offer free one-on-one business mentoring and business workshops.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Insurance to Protect Your Business

When you are starting a small business, every dollar counts. One best practice that all small business owners should consider is liability insurance. Most of the information out there about liability insurance comes directly from insurance providers, so it is important to do extensive research to ensure that you are relying on objective information to make business decisions.  Continue reading