Are you a small business owner and not sure if you need to get health insurance for your employees? The SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) site can answer all your questions including if your small business needs to provide employees with health insurance or not.
Attend these financial workshops at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and start saving/gaining money:
Workshops sponsored by Financial Planning Association.
We've all heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving shop-fest, the day when retailers get their books back in the black but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? Don't spend all your money on Black Friday, save some for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative in it's 4th year to support small business. The idea is simple and has far reaching benefits. Spending money in your community, adds to city coffers, encourages job growth, and supports local public services like the library. All this just from doing something you love to do anyway...shop! Also, if you are a small business owner find out how you can take part.
Shop local, support small business, and in turn support the local economy. You don't have to drive out of San José to get your shopping needs met, the city has lots of great independently owned businesses and you can save money on gas too.
The Small Business Administration's San Francisco district office has had a record year of lending; approved loans are up 50% from 2010. Now the SBA has announced that it is waiving fees for loans under $150K. Of course, this is fantastic news for folks seeking SBA funding but it also paints a brighter picture for the small business economy in general. At one time, SBA loans were dried up so it is great news that SBA financing is back.
ReferenceUSA has added two enhancements to its already powerful business directory.
Manufacturing Day is officially October 4, 2013 but in Silicon Valley we are celebrating with a whole week!
Silicon Valley Manufacturing Week is an opportunity for students, parents and anyone interested in manufacturing to tour manufacturing sites. So, beginning September 30, select manufacturers in Silicon Valley will open their doors and provide site tours. It is a great opportunity to see what modern day manufacturing looks like, what local manufacturers make, what skills are needed in the industry, and what kinds of jobs are available. You must register in advance for these tours and sites are located throughout the Bay Area.
ReferenceUSA is offering our customers free online training throughout October, November, and December. 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.
Also, did you know that ReferenceUSA provides direct support to our customers? So, if you are at home using ReferenceUSA and need help, you can contact them directly by phone or email.
SJ Storefronts Initiative is a grant program aimed at enhancing downtown San José by helping small businesses lease vacant retail space. These grants will help offset the costs of City permits, fees, and taxes. City of San José Office of Economic Development encourages proposals from applicants such as entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, non-profits, small business owners, contractors working with small businesses and/or property owners, and landlords or property owners working with prospective businesses.
A customer was looking to build a lead list of new businesses or start-ups to market his new service oriented business.
San José Public Library offers a few different resources to help:
Congressman Mike Honda is hosting an event for small business. This event is free and you will learn about the Affordable Care Act as it pertains to small business. In addition, there will be a discussion on how to obtain financing for your small business. The speakers will include representatives from U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Covered California, and others. The event takes place Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Cupertino Community Hall, please register in advance.