Technological Innovation Government Programs

For small businesses looking to conduct research and development, while needing funds to realize their small business technology, check out The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The SBIR “is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.” Progressing in three phases (I to III) with funding of up to US$150,000 in phase I (6 months) and up to US$1,000,000 (2 years) in phase II, the “SBIR funds the critical startup and development stages and it encourages the commercialization of the technology, product, or service, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy.” The program started in 1982 (President Regan) and encompasses several US federal agencies.

Another US federal government program focusing on small business technology companies is The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) . The STTR “expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena.” Like the SBIR, the STTR is a three phase program offering the same monetary support as the SBIR to small businesses who partner/collaborate with research institutions/laboratories. The goal of the STTR is to “[i]ncrease private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D.”

  • Funding opportunities are listed online, and include current solicitations as well as future opportunities.

If your small business technology enterprise resides in New York (the Empire State), then check out the Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) site. NYSTAR lists a number of programs offered in the State of New for New York companies on the left hand side of their site (click thru the links listed for more info). If your high technology small business is located in Connecticut, take a look at the venture capital program called Connecticut Innovations.

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Social Media and Employment

Chances are your small business utilizes social media to connect with its customers and employees on a daily basis. Your small business may want to check out the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking, which provide guidance on compliance with truth-in-advertising requirements contained in the FTC act. The FTC opines the Act’s requirements apply to small business’ social media. You may also want to check out the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) for information on how the National Labor Relations Act applies to union and non-union social media activities. The NLRB has a short policy statement on the Act’s applicability to employee social media use here and a more complete statement here. Additionally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) together with the FTC publishes Background Checks What Employers Need to Know as well as Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know addressing your small business’ use of social media in the hiring process.

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Your Small Business Can Now Use US Ambasadors

A recent program rolled out by the United States Department of State permits US small business owners to directly connect with American Ambassadors to discuss available in-country business opportunities. The program is called Direct Line and features US consular officers as well as local government officials available for conference calls and webcasts at predetermined dates and times. To learn more about the Direct Line program visit the data sheet webpage. You may also want to check out the US State Department’s Business Information Database System (BIDS), which is a newly developed website for small business international commercial opportunities. Interested in a particular country to find small business opportunities, then go to any US Embassy or Consulate webpage and click on the business tab (e.g. US Embassy London, England). The business webpages contain useful links to items such as exporting to the country (e.g. Exporting to the UK) as well as contact information and trade show data. Also, your small business might want to peruse the Investment Climate Statements issued by the US Department of State for concise analysis of economic and political in-country factors (e.g. United Kingdom Investment Climate Statement). www.erskine-law.com

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Importing into the US; Made sure to exercise “Reasonable Care”

If your small business is importing goods into the United States check out the US Customs and Broader Protection’s Reasonable Care Checklist to help meet your regulatory burden of ensuring reasonable care is exercised when importing merchandise. Also, your small business should look at US Customs and Boarder Protections’s Informed Compliance Publications, which detail a number of areas related to import of merchandise and discuss issues concerning specific goods. Some noteworthy Informed Compliance Publications are: Entry (describing getting your small business goods into the US); ABC’s of Prior Disclosure; Customs Value; and Recordkeeping. www.erskine-law.com

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Census.gov Foreign Trade Webinars and Virtual Townhalls

The U.S. Census Bureau has a series of webinars on foreign trade relations (exporting) covering a variety of topics ranging from introduction to exporting to updates on recent regulatory initiatives on www.census.gov. The Bureau also runs virtual town halls on export issues, the next one is November 5. The Go Global series details governmental resources available to small businesses, including trade data and trade finance. The site is a good source for information related to exporting and collects resources from several government sites concerning international business transactions applicable to small businesses. www.erskine-law.com

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Superstorm Sandy & Small Business Administration

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans to New York residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Check out the SBA’s website.
According to the SBA there are three ways to apply.
1. Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center or Business Recovery Center. SBA disaster representatives are at these centers to meet individually with New York residents and business owners, explain how an SBA low-interest disaster loan can help pay for their disaster losses, answer questions, and help each individual complete their application.
2. Apply online using SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela (available at most centers)
3. Apply by mailing your application to SBA at 14925 Kingsport Rd., Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243

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Does Your Small Business Need U.S. Customs Forms?

If your small business needs U.S. Customs forms, then visit the Customs and Border Protection’s forms website that contains may commonly used forms. Customs and Boarder Protection is the arm of the United States government responsible for overseeing the enforcement of a variety of customs-related laws and regulations.

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Tips for New Importers and Exporters

If you are looking for tips specific to importers and exporters, then take a look at Customs and Border Protection’s Tip Site for links to information about importing into the United States and exporting out of the United States customs territory. The links lead to good information about the processes of importing and exporting for both the novice and expert.

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Export-Import Bank of the US and Small Business

Looking for financial assistance in exporting as a small business.

Take at look at the Import-Export Bank of the United States.

http://www.exim.gov/smallbiz/index.html

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Interested in What the Senate Thinks About Small Business?

Both Senate Democrats and Republicans operate websites about issues appearing before the Senate committee on small business and entrepreneurship. The sites post pending legislation and summaries of laws being considered by the committee. Also posted are hearing and round table discussions and documents.

The Democratic site is at http://sbc.senate.gov/index.cfm and the Republican site is at http://sbc.senate.gov/republican/

Check out these sites to discover what the senate is doing to assist small business–and may be get involved in the issues being discussed by the committee.

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