Now that the temperature is rising maybe you've noticed your electric bill going up too. HomeBiz, a new program from Silicon Valley Energy Watch and partnered with PG&E, can help home-based businesses lower utility bills. HomeBiz is offering free energy audits, $250 worth of free energy saving equipment, and rebates on building upgrades.
The government wants to make your life easier...well, at least in terms of finding government data. Data.gov, spurred by President Obama's Open Government Initiative, aims to improve access to Federal data. The site is regularly adding new data but right now you can access datasets about business, states, health, and more. Check it out and you might find some interesting statistics that may help with your business plan or the direction of your business. You might also be interested in exploring these two other government data sites: Recovery.gov (shows how Recovery Act monies are being spent) and USASpending.gov (shows Federal grants and contracts spending).
Are you behind on paying your business tax or maybe you have never paid but should have been? The City will be accepting applications for its business tax amnesty program until the end of May 2013. You still have time to apply! "The program will forgive long-term past due penalties and interest when businesses pay their recent past-due business taxes owed to the City for the current year and up to 3 prior years."
This is a great opportunity for San José businesses to start with a clean slate with the City. For more information contact the City of San José Finance Department at 1-408-535-7055.
Join speakers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, & Mayor Chuck Reed at the San Jose Museum of Art to celebrate Silicon Valley World Intellectual Property Day. This event takes place Friday, April 26, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. This is the first Silicon Valley World IP Day that aims to promote and celebrate intellectual property achievements in the region.
This event is free to attend but please RSVP in advance.
ReferenceUSA is offering our customers free online training throughout April, May, and June. If you have never used ReferenceUSA before or are an experienced user, you will find a training that will interest you. All you have to do is register online.*
*Users should have an Internet connection and phone line to participate.
Small Business Reference Center offers full-text access to popular business titles from Nolo. If you are not familiar with Nolo, they offer legal titles written in an easy to understand, plain English format.
Business related titles are available from the Small Business Reference Center but you can find other legal titles from Nolo in the Legal Information Reference Center. Both collections can be accessed free from home with a valid San José Public Library card.
Did you know that you can access popular business titles such as Investor's Business Daily, Money, Silicon Valley/ SJ Business Journal and other titles online? Well, you can for free, with a San José Public Library card. You can save a few bucks on subscriptions, reduce your paper use, and catch up on back issues. Please visit the news stand page for more titles available online.
San José has been ranked as the 10th best city to do business in the United States according to a study by On Numbers. Find out more about doing business in the City of San José including business permits and business incentives by visiting the City of San José business page.
Reference USA is offering our customers free online training throughout February and March. If you have never used Reference USA before or are an experienced user, you will find a training that will interest you. All you have to do is register online.
The new Minimum Wage Ordinance was approved by voters in the last November election and takes effect March 11, 2013. Are you an employer in the city of San José and have questions about it? The San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free informational seminar, January 29, 9 am- 10:30 am, and City staff will be present to answer questions about the ordinance. The seminar is free but seating is limited, so please register in advance.