The SBTDC’s State of Small Business Blog

  • Doing Business with the Federal Government via HUBZone Dec 5, 2018 Contributed by: Pamela Racer, SBTDC PTAC Do you own a small firm that does business with or is interested in doing business with the federal government? Did you know that while the federal government does about $600 billion a year in procuring activities, three percent of that total is targeted toward Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) ... Read more »
  • Great Year-End Habits of Entrepreneurs Dec 5, 2018 Adapted from: https://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/heres-your-guide-to-a-smart-year-end-businessreview.html Entrepreneurs are more likely to plan the future than evaluate the past. But how can you fix something when you don’t know it’s broken? How will you celebrate achievements when you don’t realize how significant they are to the big picture? If you do not conduct a year-end review of your business, it’s ... Read more »
  • Conflict Resolution Dec 5, 2018 True story: There were three men operating a small exporting business (we’ll call it XYZ, LLP). XYZ would procure and ship U.S.-made equipment and supplies to companies and governments in other countries. They came across a potentially lucrative opportunity to provide some materials to the government of a foreign country, but U.S. export laws prohibited shipping ... Read more »
  • Are you ready for digital marketing? Dec 5, 2018 In order to be successful in digital marketing, it is important to start with a solid foundation. Make sure to tackle these first four steps before determining your messaging and platforms. Set Goals Ask yourself, “What problem am I trying to solve?” Make concrete, measurable, and achievable goals around your answer. For instance, maybe your problem is ... Read more »
  • 2018 Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit Dec 5, 2018   The Appalachian State University Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the 15th Annual Carole McLeod Entrepreneur Summit on November 2, 2018. The day-long event brought hundreds of students and community members together on ASU campus with interest of the personal journey entrepreneurs take to become successful. If you missed this year’s event, please keep it in ... Read more »
  • Commerce Launches New Website Nov 27, 2018 From the SYNC Newsletter, November 20, 2018 The North Carolina Department of Commerce launched a new edition of our website last week featuring a fresh design, streamlined content, and upgraded technology that among other benefits makes the site much easier to view on smartphones and other mobile devices. The site is published at the same web address ... Read more »

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