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Retirement Plans for Small Business

Small business retirement plans are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a means to help employers and employees save toward retirement. It must adhere to the guidelines created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act that sets a standard … Continue reading »

Small Business Legal and Employment Considerations

Employee or Contractor Record Retention Franchises Legal Entities Good Standing Employment Law Guide Employee Handbook Copyrights Trademarks Department of Labor (DOL): Compliance Assistance Source: Hampton Roads, VA Small Business Development Center

Register for Government Contracting

Federal, state and local governments offer businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of their procurements be set aside for small businesses. Once you have classified your … Continue reading »

How to Certify as a Small Business under Federal Guidelines

The Federal government sets aside certain contract bid opportunities exclusively for small businesses. In order to compete for these contracts, you must first register as a vendor with the federal government. As part of the registration process, you will be required … Continue reading »

Federal Small Business Certifications & Audiences

As the owner of a small business, you may qualify for specific U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs based on a variety of factors. Before you can begin business with the government your business must obtain the proper certifications. Small … Continue reading »

Federal Contracting Opportunities

So you’re convinced that contracting with the federalgo vernment is a smart way to grow your business. But how do you find out about available contracts in the first place? This section lists the information you need to get started, … Continue reading »

Federal Government 8(a) Business Development Certification

In order to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the market place, the SBA created the 8(a) Business Development Program. The following article discusses what the 8(a) Business Development Program is, benefits of the program, goals and requirements, eligibility and … Continue reading »

What Types of Insurance will I need for my Business?

What types of insurance will I need for my business? It is very important that business owners maintain adequate insurance coverage such as liability, property/casualty, loss of use, unemployment, workers’ compensation, and product liability insurance. We recommend that you review … Continue reading »

The Patenting Process

I. Overview of types of protection of intellectual property; different strokes for different folks. A. Patentable “invention” 1. Utility patent for an “invention” … that is novel, non-obvious and useful: a. article of manufacture b. machine or apparatus c. composition … Continue reading »

Marketing for Small Businesses

Marketing is critical to the success of any small business. In some instances, effective marketing is vital to the survival of a small business. In all instances, good marketing is essential for any small business to achieve its full potential. … Continue reading »

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