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Friday, October 29, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - Even if you're not dressing up as the iPhone 4 for Halloween this year, I hope these technological articles from this week's news will be helpful! Freelance Folder asks if adding an FAQ page to your website will bring in more clients, while CNN points out three online punctuation lapses to avoid. Mashable shares a legitimately scary article about some malicious code that allows hackers to access information that your browser has stored in "cookies" (like web logins and passwords) if you're accessing the internet via a wireless network that isn't password protected. Check out ...
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - The NYT's "Your Money" column asks the interesting question, "should you invest in your child's business?" While not offering advice on assistance with your elementary schooler's lemonade stand, the article does have suggestions for parents whose children have approached them for a significant investment in a business venture. "Your Money" suggests that parents approach the request (and accompanying business plan) like an outside investor, and ask themselves if they are really investing in a viable new business or if they are just buying their children a job. Did you start your business with investment from ...
Monday, October 25, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - Check out this great post from the NYT's Your The Boss blog about the importance of using unique and hard to guess passwords for all of your various online accounts. According to the experts, you should find a password creation "formula" that you can remember, and then apply it to all of your passwords. In addition, you should strongly encourage your employees to do the same. How a Pas5woRd Can Sink Your Company
Friday, October 22, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - This post is the last in a four-part series on the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, which was signed into law last month. The following is a summary of the increase in training and counseling provisions within the law. Many thanks to the Small Business Administration for providing this information. Major Investment in Counseling and Training - In coming months, the law will provide $50 million in grants available to Small Business Development Centers. Export Express Pilot Becomes Permanent - The law turns the Export Express pilot loan program into a permanent program with ...
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - This post is the third in a four-part series on the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, signed into law last month. The following is a summary of the tax cuts and other lending  provisions within the law. Thanks to the Small Business Administration for providing this information. Extension, Expansion of Tax Cuts — 8 Tax Cuts 1. The highest small business expensing limit ever, of $500,000 2. Carry-back provisions on net operating losses of up to 5 years 3. Accelerated/bonus depreciation 4. Zero capital gains taxes for those who invest in small businesses 5. ...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - This post is the second in a four-part series on the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, signed into law last month. The following is a summary of the increased federal contracting  provisions within the law. [Hat tip: Small Business Administration] Equal Treatment across Federal Contracting Programs - The law reaffirms "parity" among federal small business contracting programs. Contracting officers will be free to choose among businesses owned by women and service-disabled veterans, as well as those participating in HUBZone and 8(a) programs, and soon the women’s contracting program when conducting contracts that are set-aside ...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - If you're looking for a new way to market your business (and reach new customers), group buying may be an option to consider. The success of websites like Groupon and Living Social has spurred the creation of similar collective buying websites, and prompted numerous small businesses to create their own "deals" with one (or more) of the websites.  For those that might be skeptical about group buying, Mashable has interviewed seven small businesses that have used group buying about their experience and any advice they have to offer about the process. If you've used a ...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - This post is the first in a four-part series on the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, signed into law recently. The following is a summary of the lending provisions within the law. [Hat tip: Small Business Administration] SBA Enhanced Loan Provisions – $14 billion more in lending support - The law extends SBA loan provisions (with the 90% guarantee and reduced fees) through Dec. 31. The $505 million in subsidy for Jobs Act loans will support about $14 billion in overall small business lending.  In the first week of the Jobs Act, SBA provided ...
Monday, October 18, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - It's hard to find a person or organization who doesn't use Facebook, but the social media site has faced numerous inquiries about its privacy policies and about just how effective it is in protecting personal information. The Wall Street Journal posted an article today about how top apps on Facebook have created a new privacy snag. Here are some highlights from the article, in no particular order: "The apps, ranked by research company Inside Network Inc. (based on monthly users), include Zynga Game Network Inc.'s FarmVille, with 59 million users, and Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille. Three of the top 10 apps, including FarmVille, also have ...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - Staying up-to-date with the latest technology news can be overwhelming. Here are some recent stories you may have missed. Amazon is offering a new self-publishing format called Kindle Singles for aspiring authors whose work hasn't yet reached the length of a typical book. If you would rather use technology to process payments using a mobile device instead of to become the next Hemingway, OPEN Forum has a handy guide to getting started.  After reading this article, I may have to reconsider taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi at places like Starbucks - apparently some of ...

 

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Katie Vlietstra - As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall. 

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