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Paying Your Taxes and the Credit Card Option

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It’s that time of year again when Americans’ thoughts turn to settling up with Uncle Sam. With the April 15 Tax Day deadline approaching, it’s a good time to review the types of payments accepted by the IRS, with a special emphasis on the credit/debit card option.

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SBA Administrator Promotes Small Business Lending Programs

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In a recent article she wrote for Inc.com, outgoing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills acknowledged that the agency’s loan programs need some tweaking to broaden their base.“One of the major challenges we face today is that promising new businesses in rural and industrial communities are struggling to get the capital, investment and counseling they need to grow,” Mills writes. “For example, today nearly 70 percent of venture capital financing goes to just three states: California, Massachusetts and New York.” Mills, a successful executive in corporate America and an entrepreneur herself, goes on to write that what’s needed is “a more inclusive vision of entrepreneurship that expands access and opportunity to more regions of the country.” “Entrepreneurs are critical to our economic growth and our long-term global competitiveness,” she continues. “And we need to expand the entrepreneurial playing field to make sure that more new and young businesses in these communities can replicate their success.”

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Online Learning Center Targets Small Business Owners

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Even the most experienced entrepreneurs will admit that there’s always something new to learn about running their business — and the smart ones will take advantage of readily available resources like the Small Business Learning Center offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).The online portal, which was recently redesigned and updated, includes a searchable catalog of small business educational resources, including videos, self-paced training courses and chat sessions.“SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, in collaboration with our entire communications team, is continually exploring other ways to offer engaging materials to help keep your entrepreneurial enthusiasm going,” says Associate Administrator Michael Chodos.Features of the learning center include:

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SBA Seeks Small Business Exporters for Contest

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Is your small business involved in exporting? If so, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) wants to hear your story!

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New Govt. Website Launched to Allow Small Business Input

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In an effort to inform and involve small business owners in the federal regulatory process, the House Small Business Committee has launched a section on its website called Small Biz Reg Watch. The new online resource highlights proposed regulations that could impact small companies and instructs their owners on how they can register their comments to the appropriate federal agency.

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