SizeUp your Business & NY Business Financing

Looking for market data on how your small business compares; check out the Small Business Administration’s online tool Sizeup. The tool helps by “benchmarking [your small business] against competitors, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise.” You will need to create a sign in to access some of the options. Your New York small business may also retrieve labor market data from the New York Department of Labor’s statistics site. There you will find wage data by occupation, employment projections, and regional data (among other items). In addition, your New York small business might want to look at business financing options at New York Business First’s website. The site details programs available for New York small and larger businesses offered throughout New York State. Also, reference to Empire State’s various business programs may prove useful for your New York small business or your SME located abroad. Their International Division has offices overseas (there is one in the UK in London). www.erskine-law.com

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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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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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Small Business opportunities and match program with the NRC

Does your small business operate in the nuclear energy field as a support service or goods supplier? If so take a look at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s small business Annual Small Business Seminar and Matchmaking Event that discusses how to do business with the NRC. Check out the NRC’s page entitled Other Useful Small Business and Acquisition Links for additional information on small business opportunities and 25 online courses from the SBA focusing on small business issues. The NRC’s Small Business Contracting Programs page contains information on NRC and other government agencies contracting programs for small businesses. www.erskine-law.com

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Interested in Small Business Opportunities with the GSA

If your small business is interested in federal government contracts / procurement take a look at the U.S. General Administration’s one page PDF containing a host of useful links to small business opportunities with the federal government and the GSA. Also, peruse The Office of Small Business Utilization that provides training in federal government contracts / procurement. Review the materials and webinar Doing Business with GSA: An Overview for New Vendors for additional small business information. The GSA also has a small business help website with additional information, FAQs, and videos. 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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Small Business Cyber Security for UK Small Businesses

With the explosion of cloud computing and general internet online activity (think social media) small businesses need to assess their security from business and compliance perspectives. Small businesses in the UK need to be extra vigilant about cyber security given the increased regulations applicable to personal data and data security. Check out Cyber security: what small businesses need to know published by the UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills. The Guidance paper provides a brief overview cyber risks and protection measures. Your UK small business may also review A practical guide to IT security published by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office that briefly discusses data security and your obligations under statutory and regulatory regimes. www.erskine-law.com

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Check Out The Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office hosts an Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool that covers the following categories: “IP Strategies & Best Practices[;] International IP Rights[;] IP Asset Tracking[;] Licensing Technology to Others[; and] Using Technology of Others.” The IP Awareness Assessment Tool also has additional optional categories covering”: Copyrights[;]Design Patents[;]Trademarks[;]Trade Secrets[; and]Utility Patents. Take the full assessment, which consists of 62 questions or use the Pre-assessment to customize the IP Assessment Tool to your small business specific Intellectual Property. The IP Awareness Tool is a good way to identify your small business Intellectual Property assets and relevant protections available to secure your small business IP. The Tool provides a good basic overview to familiarize your small business with IP issues. www.erskine-law.com

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BusinessUSA Exporting Wizards

If your small business is looking to enter the export market or your small business seeks to expand its export capabilities, then try out BusinessUSA’s, a government-run website with resources for small business, Export Wizards to gain information on a wide range of offerings and support provided by the U.S. government. There are two wizards, the first entitled Beginning Exporting addresses a small business just entering the export market, while the second wizard, entitled Expanding Exporting, contains information for a small business accustomed to the export trade. Both interactive wizards ask questions in a guided format, which produces a results page with links to further information to assist your small business in entering or expanding your business’ export trade. www.erskine-law.com

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Small Business Opportunities with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

If your small business is inclined toward nuclear energy, then take a look at U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s small business website. The site features a link to the NRC’s “Annual Small Business Seminar and Matchmaking Event” including information about prime and subcontract opportunities for small business. Also, the site has information on the NRC’s small business contracting programs and general tips for contracting with the NRC. www.erskine-law.com

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