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The 5 Best Small-Business Resources You're Not Using

The 5 Best Small-Business Resources You’re Not Using

  1. The Small Business Administration and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Tap into the knowledge that SBA training centers and SCORE mentors provide. Both offer a range of programs offering advice and support. Plus, your tax dollars paid for them.
  2. Your Chamber of Commerce. While prices vary on membership, most chambers will still offer an occasional free networking or marketing event. Find your local chamber through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  3. Your Industry Association. Join and get involved in your industry trade group which acts as a major advocate for your business in state and national legislatures. They also provide useful research, networking events and forecasting on industry trends.
  4. Other Local Business Owners. Organize a monthly meeting with a few other business owners to share ideas, market or just commiserate.
  5. Your Community College. The local community college can be a great place to find entry level employment or interns. It can also be a place to send employees to train for cheap. Many institutions are focused on meeting the needs of the local business community.

For the full article, click here.

Tice, Carol. "The Five Best Small-Business Resources You're Not Using." Entrepreneur (blog). Entrepreneur Media Inc., 31 May 2011. Web. 6 June 2011. http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/219718.

It Just Takes One

It Just Takes One

                Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber, has found that it sometimes just takes one business connection to elevate a business to the next level. The Columbus Chamber strives to be that source for business connections. The Chamber can provide valuable connections with nearly 2,500 members, through personal introductions or through a series of about 50 networking events. These connections are about developing meaningful relationships between businesses.  Dalby is a firm believer in these connections, “the more connections we make, the more we help each other, the stronger our economy will become.” On June 8th, the Chamber is hosting the annual Business2Business Network Expo. The potential business connections at the expo are endless, especially since 3,500-plus attended last year.

To read more, click here.

Dalby, Michael. "It Just Takes One." The Metropreneur Columbus. The Metropreneur Columbus. 27 May 2011. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/takes>.

Small Business Administration to Honor Eight Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration Columbus District Office will honor eight business owners and advocates during an event May 4.


The district office's annual Celebrating Success in Small Business ceremony will be held at the Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City from 5:30 to 8 p.m.


The 2011 honorees are:


  • SBA Financial Sercies Champion - Jerome Jones, business lending officer at Telhio Credit Union in Columbus
  • SBA Veteran Small Business Champion - Haleema Shafeek, owner of Green Office Furniture Solutions LLC in Hilliard
  • Small Business Person of the Year - Mark Pukita, chief operating officer of FastSwitch Ltd. in Dublin
  • 1st Runner up Small Business Person of the Year - Michael Bridges, president of Peerless Technologies Corp. in Fairborn
  • SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year - Mary Relotto, founder of Dames Bond LLC in Columbus
  • SBA Minority Small Business Champion of the Year - Sheila Mixon director of the SBDC at Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
  • Walker Evans, Co-Founder, Metropreneur in Columbus


Brown Votes to Cut Red Tape for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today (April 5, 2011) voted to cut red tape for Ohio's small businesses by supporting a repeal of the 1099 tax reporting requirements included in the health care reform law.


"Small businesses create nearly two-thirds of all new American jobs.  This bill will help cut unnecessary red tape for these companies, which are the engines of our economic recovery," Brown said.  "For firms with fewer than 20 employees, the per-employee cost of complying with the tax code is already $1,304.  But under the 1099 requirement, those costs would skyrocket.  Repealing 1099 will ease the paperwork burden allowing Ohio's small businesses to focus on expanding operations and hiring workers."


The "1099" provision would have required businesses to file a form 1099, starting in 2012, for all third-party vendor payments over $600.  While most businesses report and pay taxes on miscellaneous income in good faith, filing the form 1099 would address the failure of some businesses to do so--a tax loophole that increases the deficit bybillions of dollars each year.


Senator Brown heard from many Ohio small business leaders who were concerned about the potential burden and compliance costs created by the 1099 reporting requirement. As a result, in January 2011, Brown cosponsored bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement.  Brown was an original cosponsor of a similar bill when it was introduced in November 2010.  In September 2010, Senator Brown voted for an amendment offered by Senator Bill Nelson to raise the minimum reporting threshold to $5,000.


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