Cybersecurity Tools

If your business operates online, then your business/company should seriously address cybersecurity issues. The Small Business Administration (SBA) dedicates a page describing and linking to “Top Tools and Resources for Small Business Owners”. The page features links to fact sheets, webinars, online courses, and other federal agency resources. One such resource derives from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that provides and generates, through an interactive web site, a Small Biz Cyber Planner that a company may use to “create and save a custom cyber security plan for your company, choosing from a menu of expert advice to address your specific business needs and concerns.” There is also a link to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Resilience Review (CRR), “…a no-cost, voluntary, non-technical assessment to evaluate an organization’s operational resilience and cybersecurity practices.” The CRR page contains a number of downloadable forms and resource guides.

An additional SBA webpage contains their “Social Media Cyber-Vandalism Toolkit”, which

…provides guidance and security practices to small businesses using these tools in their online operations. Suggestions and resources prepare users to respond to cyber-hijacking, and will empower digital users to make informed choices and enact future policy.

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Check out Global NY & OpentoExport if you are a New York or UK business

If you are a New York state small business thinking about exporting to foreign countries or already selling your products abroad, then take a look at Global NY. The new program offers assistance to New York state small businesses who export as well as foreign businesses looking to invest in New York. Peruse the services and programs offered by Global NY, which include loans, grants, export marketing assistance program, state trade expansion program, and applications for each.

If your a UK based SME, then consider looking at Open to Export’s country guides as well as seeking out assistance from UK Export Finance. The UK Department for International Trade and the Enterprise Europe Network , which also has a New York Branch (The European-American Business Organization, Inc.) for New York small businesses who seek to trade with Europe.

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UK Tariff Tool Classify Imports and Exports

Is your UK small and medium sized business (SME) involved in import or export? If so, check out the UK Trade Tariff tool and accompanying guidance document “Classify imports and exports using the UK Trade Tariff” outlining the use of the tool for your SME’s import or export activities.  The guidance document provides basic information about classification codes, links to additional information (and resources), as well as an email address for classification enquiries; reference is also made to the process of obtaining Binding Tariff Information rulings.

The free on-line UK Trade Tariff is available for your use to look up classification codes. This offers easy access to tariff information by providing commodity code and duty rate listings together with a search engine to facilitate enquiries and allow self-service to commodity code information.-UK Government Guidance Document.

A number of industry/goods specific guides are published by the UK government detailing classification issues. The UK government also published more generalized information on beginning to import or starting to export.


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Looking for Export Trade Leads…

If your small business is interested in export related sales leads take a look at the Empire State Development Marketing Assistance Service Program. There you will find a description of the sales and marketing assistance program offered by New York State promoting “Made In New York” products. There is an application you need to complete to qualify for the program. On the federal level you may want to check out export.gov, which offers a range of market entry and expansion services (some for a fee). While your small business is getting new export sales leads, you may want to pursue the Small Business Administration’s Export Loan Programs. There is a short explanation of the International Trade Loan Program as well as Export Express Loan Program and Export Working Capital Program. All normally require an application. If you are a UK SME, take a look at the UK trade and Investment International Trade Services for Exporters. There you will find information on trade sales leads (registration required) and UK Export Finance. A good overview of UK Export Finance is available on their Overview Page describing the various programs offered. www.erskine-law.com

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Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises

If you are looking on information on the regulatory environment, including country ranks for starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, and employing workers in a particular country check out Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises produced by the World Bank, which “assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 185 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation.” Also, try the data webpage for additional information on particular countries and regions that you may want to discover for your small business. www.erskine-law.com

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UKTI Preparing to export: ten key steps

Take a look at the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) ten key steps to starting export opertations. The ten steps UKTI recommends and describes are: 1. Review your export potential 2. Develop an action plan 3. Research and prepare to visit the market 4. Explore routes to market entry 5. Find out about selling and marketing your product overseas 6. Think about cultural and linguistic challenges 7. Prepare to manage finance, payment and risk 8. Prepare to protect your intellectual property 9. Prepare to fulfil your orders and get your documentation right 10. Choose your distribution, shipping and delivery methods. The UKTI site contains significant information for UK exporters as well as real life examples of export company SME start-ups. www.erskine-law.com

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EU Good practices in SME policy

If you are looking for information about SME (Small and Emerging Enterprises) and the European Union’s approach to SME as well as polices related to SME operations at the European Community level, then take a look at the Good practices in SME policy website of the European Commission.

On the site you will find links to Applying the Think Small First principle; Simplifying start-up procedures; Internationalisation of SMEs; Education for entrepreneurship; Bankruptcy and fresh start; and Reducing the administrative burden. All of the links provide good information on these essential areas to all SME operations.

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Exand Your Business into the UK

Thinking about expanding business operations to England or Wales. Take at a look at what the UK Trade and Investment organization can do for your small business.

UK Trade & Investment

In addition to assisting UK based SMEs, the organization also helps US small business in accessing the UK market. Check out the above link to learn of opportunities to grow your small business.

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Wondering if your business is an SME under EU terminology?

The EU articulates a specific definition for SMEs. Take a look at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/enterprise_policy/sme_definition/sme_user_guide.pdf

The above link takes you to a booklet that defines SMEs and their importance to the European economy.

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