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federal government

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Your business and personal taxes have helped fund a score of federal agencies that provide a wealth of helpful programs and research, especially for start ups and small businesses. Get your moneys worth and visit the following organizations.

DoD Small Business Research and Technology
The US Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs award over $1 billion each year in funding in early-stage R&D projects to small technology companies — projects that serve a DoD need and have commercial applications.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Find out whether you or an unknown competitor is first with that better mousetrap.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
This site allows free searches of EDGAR, the database of filings made by publicly held corporations.

Q&A: Small Business and the SEC
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission answers common questions in a guide for small businesses on how to raise capital and comply with SEC rules.

U.S. Census Bureau
This site is a treasure chest of demographic and statistical information on the nation.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Take a look at the labor market – or the economy as a whole – at this U.S. Labor Department’s site.

FedStats
This site is a valuable gateway to any and all statistics produced by federal agencies. Statistics are searchable by topic and state. Press Releases and online databases can also be accessed.

FEDWORLD
A program of the National Technical Information Service of the Department of Commerce, this site is an online locator service for U.S. government documents, subscriptions, videos, and Web sites. Click on the NTiS tab to access hundreds of thousands of scientific, technical, engineering and business related Federal information products.

Internal Revenue Service
The Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center provides access to all the information you will need to be in compliance with tax laws for small businesses, including downloadable forms and publications; IRS local offices contact information; online educational tools; and an A-Z index of tax topics for businesses.

Social Security Online
This portal for businesses with employees lets you register your business and file W2 employment forms online.

USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Programs
A U.S. Department of Agriculture site with information on funding programs for developing small businesses in rural areas.

Travel.State.gov
Provides information on U.S. Department of State travel warnings, consular information, passports, visa information, and foreign publications.

U.S. Dept of Labor Office of Small Business Programs
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) administers the Department of Labor’s responsibility to ensure procurement opportunities for small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone businesses, and businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. OSDBU serves as the Department’s Ombudsman for small businesses under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). The resource center provides information regarding rules and regulations that the Department administers.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC now has information specifically addressed to small businesses. The aim of the new Web page feature is to provide small businesses with information on how to avoid workplace discrimination disputes.

U.S. House Small Business Committee
This site is packed with information on upcoming legislation and hearings, press releases, a newsletter, special projects and online events.

U.S. Postal Service
Download business forms, find zip codes, track a package, print mailing labels, and buy postage and supplies.

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
The U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee’s home page lets you keep track of pending legislation. The site includes publications, roster information, legislation, and hearing schedules. Click on the Resources tab and link to Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources for information on financial assistance for your business.

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ASSOCIATION BEST PRACTICES

In order to survive and thrive in today’s competitive landscape, start-ups, and small firms definitely need to have access to cutting edge information and superior business resources. For many small businesses, a major obstacle to success is a lack of expertise or staff to handle accounting, payroll, human resources, marketing, data management, legal issues, taxes, and many other important tasks.

Since you are the owner or CEO, you need to protect yourself and your business while getting reliable and helpful advice from non-profit organizations, government agencies, quality firms, and consultants at reasonable prices. GCP will assist you by researching, identifying, and presenting this vital information in this section of the Resource Center.

Because life science companies are truly focused on their research and product development, management advisors highly recommend that business owners access other firms and resources outside their principal line of work to assist in areas where they do not have the expertise or time.

Thankfully, there are numerous business resources that are available to you – everything from handling legal issues to designing and managing your web site to managing your direct mail.  Many firms are turning to the internet in increasing  numbers to find  online business resources. They view internet-based firms as an excellent place to invest marketing and operational dollars.

Articles
Make Meetings More Profitable
http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/ANowDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=57218

In Search of Creative Team Players
From Associations Now, March 2012

http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/ANowDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=152230

Obtaining Financial Auditing Services for Your Association
http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/content.cfm?ItemNumber=16049&navItemNumber=16328

Association Legal Representation
http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/ANowDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=36744

Give Advocacy A Boost With Social Media
http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/ANowDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=144789

White Papers
“Secrets” of Highly Successful Non-Profits: How To Leverage Technology To Improve Organizational Performance
http://www.advsol.com/AM/ASI_custom/Forms/Marketing/Resources/WP/WP_PerformanceImprovement_NA.pdf

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finance

BURIED TREASURE

Begin your search for financial assistance by checking out the resources of two of our Game Changing Partners: the Foundation Center and Ballard Spahr’s book-length guide: How To Start And Grow A Life Sciences Company: Practical Advice For Start-Up Companies & Incubators.

Looking for information about a specific grantmaker? Need to identify funders by state, city, or ZIP code?  The Foundation Center’s Foundation Finder provides grantmakers’ addresses, web sites, and fiscal data. 990 Finder directs you to an organization’s IRS returns. Both services are free and easy to use. With monthly, annual, and two-year subscription options, Foundation Directory Online allows you to search our databases of more than 95,000 grantmakers and more than 1.7 million grants.

New SBA “Supplier Connection” Partnership -$300 billion in financing opportunities
For small businesses hoping to get their products noticed by larger companies with financial clout, the U.S. Small Business Administration recently unveiled its Supplier Connection program.

Created by the IBM Foundation as part of the Obama administration’s American Supplier Initiative, the initiative is a public-private partnership involving 15 corporations designed to give entrepreneurs access to more than $300 billion in financing opportunities.

In a recent statement, SBA Administrator Karen Mills said the effort is aimed at growing small businesses, creating jobs and strengthening and diversifying America’s supply chain.

“While it is clear that becoming a corporate supplier can lead to business growth,” Mills said, “breaking in can be a challenge for small businesses.”
Mills recently sent letters to more than 50,000 small businesses, notifying them of the new tools available through the free, online portal, www.supplier-connection.net.

The 15 corporations involved in the effort are AMD, AT&T, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Citi Group, Dell, Facebook, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, John Deere, Kellogg’s, Office Depot, Pfizer, UPS and Wells Fargo.

The corporations — with a combined purchasing power of more than $300 billion — can peruse the profiles of small businesses who register online and determine which ideas or products might be worthy of their investment dollars. Visit: www.supplier-connection.net

Ballard Spahr’s practical advice guide for start-ups has an extensive list of venture capital firms in the states its services, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.

http://aei.advancedequities.com/investmentBanking.php
Advanced Equities, Inc. is a venture capital investment bank specializing in late-stage private equity finance for the U.S. technology sector. It rose to prominence as investment firms that serviced the Silicon Valley disappeared. Now it serves as a strategic co-investor with some of the world’s leading venture capital firms with a goal of building and realizing maximum shareholder value.
It bridges the gap between venture money and traditional corporate finance, providing investors with access to the technology sector’s elusive late-stage investments.
VC Investment Banking

http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/23/11831984-crowdfunding-may-be-kickstarting-startups-soon?lite
Crowdfunding may be Kickstarting Startups Soon

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BUSINESS RESOURCES

In order to survive and thrive in today’s competitive landscape, start-ups, and small firms definitely need to have access to cutting edge information and superior business resources. For many small businesses, a major obstacle to success is a lack of expertise or staff to handle accounting, payroll, human resources, marketing, data management, legal issues, taxes, and many other important tasks.

Since you are the owner or CEO, you need to protect yourself and your business while getting reliable and helpful advice from non-profit organizations, government agencies, quality firms, and consultants at reasonable prices. GCP will assist you by researching, identifying and presenting this vital information in this section of the Resource Center.

Because life science companies are truly focused on their research and product development, management advisors highly recommend that business owners access other firms and resources outside their principal line of work to assist in areas where they do not have the expertise or time.

Thankfully, there are numerous business resources that are available to you – everything from handling legal issues to designing and managing your web site to managing your direct mail.  Many firms are turning to the internet in increasing  numbers to find  online business resources. They view internet-based firms as an excellent place to invest marketing and operational dollars.

Organizations
SCORE.org
A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. It also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates, and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.

SBA.gov
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides financial, technica,l and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. SBA.gov’s Business License and Permit Search Tool will allow you to get a listing of federal, state and local permits, licenses, and registrations you’ll need to run a business.

Articles / Blogs
http://smallbiztrends.com/
A Timeless 5 Step Sales Philosophy From Mark Twain

http://www.theopenappcenter.com/
Expert Tips for Online Reputation Management

http://www.theopenappcenter.com/
5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Business

http://smallbiztrends.com/
The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries

http://info.socious.com/
How Associations Use Private Social Networks to Impact Legislation & Regulations

Selling Online
A list of items to consider as well as some helpful tips

White Papers
http://servicecenter.fiercemarkets.com/
Academic & Pharma Partnerships

Effective Crisis Communications
by Peri Kinder

Webinars
Impacting Business with Social Media
Marketwire + Sysomos

Websites
http://www.innovationamerica.us/daily
innovation DAILY (ID) is a daily electronic newsletter reporting on the pulse of global innovation, entrepreneurship and angel/seed and venture capital and innovation based cconomic development (IBED). ID has over 1,000,000 unique visitors in over 185 countries with readership growing daily. Founded by Richard A. Bendis, it is published under the auspices Innovation America (IA), a global innovation intermediary focused on accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in the U.S. and internationally.

Email Marketing Resources
Constant Contact
www.constantcontact.com
The leading web-based email marketing service used by small businesses and associations. With Constant Contact, you can create email newsletters and announcements that get immediate and measurable results. Constant Contact offers a free 60-day trial and training.

Campaigner™
www.campaigner.com
Create professionally designed emails from templates. Blast through spam filters; 97 percent of Campaigners emails avoid spam filters to reach the inbox. Free 30 day trial.

Lyris
www.lyris.com
Lyris’ flagship product, Lyris ListManager, is one of the world’s best-selling software solutions for email marketing and deliverability, while Lyris ListHosting offers the same powerful capabilities in a convenient, on-demand web-based solutions. It’s Marketing Resource Center is one-stop-shop for a wide variety of helpful tools and informative best practices. Explore its extensive library of marketing guides, newsletter articles, webinars, and case studies. They are all designed to help you make the most of your marketing campaigns.

QuadraMail
www.quadramail.com
Email marketing services from QuadraMail offer effective campaign management and a complete advertising solution with the ability to manage data, deploy messaging, and track the results of email marketing campaigns.

SilverPop
www.silverpop.com
Silverpop is an email services provider with unrivaled industry best practices, leading technology, and services.

From fundamentals like deliverability assessments to the analytics insights that drive ROI performance, Silverpop provides an array of complete, cost-effective services and support options. Let us help you succeed in improving response rates, building customer relationships, growing revenue, and driving ROI. You can download its white paper by clicking here: 10 Tips for Marketing in “The New Normal”

Topica
www.topica.com
Topica is a leading provider of complete Online Marketing and Sales Solutions for businesses of all sizes. View its Resource Center if you are looking to build a comprehensive email marketing strategy. The center is packed with white papers, seminars, and best practices.

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educations resources

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

CAREER BASED

Advanced Online Biotechnology Studies
Several distinquished universities offer onlinegraduate degrees and certificates in biotechnology and related fields. Some programs concentrate on regulatory practices or financial and management issues.

drexel university

Drexel University’s accredited online degree programs are designed for professionals who want to complete or advance their education at an online college without compromising quality. As a university with a strong background in technology and research, Drexel’s online degree programs offer the same accredited curricula as their on-campus equivalents and are competitive with other colleges, online and traditional. It offers two advanced degrees in the field of clinical research:

Master of Science in Clinical Research Organization and Management


Master of Science in Clinical Research for Health Professionals

johns hopkins
Johns Hopkins’ Advanced Biotechnology Studies (ABS) Program is rooted in the multidisciplinary skills of basic research, drug discovery technologies, bioinformatics, regulatory affairs, and product commercialization that the industry demands. The program offers master’s degrees, graduate fellowships, and certificates.

 

Of the degree options, four are available fully online (Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Bioinformatics, Bioscience Regulatory Affairs, and Biotechnology). In addition, onsite students can capitalize on building laboratory skills and proficiency at the university’s state-of-the-art laboratory (virtually tour the lab). It’s located in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center, Montgomery County Campus in southern Maryland. For more information about Johns Hopkins’ Center for Biotechnology Education, please visit biotechnology@jhu.edu.

university of houston
The University of Houston’s online degree program aims to give the student advanced knowledge in the field of biotechnology and related disciplines such as biology. The degree offers you the skills needed to assume roles in laboratory research,management, and marketing. You can choose to specialize in molecular biotechnology or bioinformatics/computational biology. Masters Degree in Biotechnology

university of maryland
The University of Maryland’s online biotechnology master’s degree aims to provide working professionals with a thorough grounding in the biotechnology industry, including management and policy issues. The course covers different technologies in use throughout the industry as well as the role of federal and state regulatory agencies. In addition to bioinformatics, the curriculum includes the financial, strategic, and human-resource management issues in the field.

Its Graduate Program in Toxicology provides educational and professional training in Molecular & Mechanistic Toxicology and Toxicology and Environmental Health. Its students are conducting cutting-edge research including: Mechanisms of Cell Injury, Carcinogenesis,Reproductive Toxicology, Neurotoxicology, Aquatic Toxicology, Forensic & Analytical Toxicology, Molecular Epidemiology, Risk Assessment & Environmental Law, Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology. Download a PDF brochure here.

 

LIFELONG LEARNING

www.openculture.com/faq
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural and educational media for lifelong learning. Open Culture’s mission is to find this high quality, intelligent content that’s scattered across the web, curate it, and give you access to it whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content. Dan Colman, the lead editor, is the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Before that, he served as the Managing Director of AllLearn, an e-learning consortium owned by Stanford, Oxford and Yale, and as the Director of Business Development and Editorial Manager at About.com.

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doing business globally

GOING GLOBAL

Expanding your business to international markets can be challenging as well as rewarding. Entrepreneur Magazine highlights six basic steps to going global:

  1. Start your campaign to grow by international expansion by preparing an international business plan to evaluate your needs and set your goals. It’s essential to assess your readiness and commitment to grow internationally before you get started.
  2. Conduct foreign market research and identify international markets. The Department of Commerce is an excellent source of information on foreign markets for U.S. goods and services.
  3. Evaluate and select methods of distributing your product abroad. You can choose from a variety of means for distributing your product, from opening company-owned foreign subsidiaries to working with agents, representatives and distributors and setting up joint ventures.
  4. Learn how to set prices, negotiate deals and navigate the legal morass of exporting. Cultural, social, legal, and economic differences make exporting a challenge for business owners who have only operated in the United States.
  5. Tap government and private sources of financing-and figure out ways to make sure you are getting paid. Financing is always an issue, but government interest in boosting exporting and centuries of financial innovation have made getting funding and getting paid easier than ever.
  6. Move your goods to their international market, making sure you package and label them in accordance with regulations in the market you are selling to. The globalization of transportation systems helps here, but regulations are still different everywhere you go.

Financial Resources & Networking Association
The United States Trade and Development Agency is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress. Its mission is to help companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities and provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system. The hallmark of USTDA development assistance has always involved building partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to developmental challenges.

In support of the National Export Initiative, USTDA launched the International Business Partnership Program (IBPP) to connect international buyers with U.S. manufacturers and service providers in order to open new export markets and commercial opportunities around the world for American companies. Key activities include: reverse trade missions, conferences and workshops, and training around the world.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency Launches Making Global Local

U.S. Trade and Development Agency Launches Making Global Local
In celebration of World Trade Day, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency launched Making Global Local on May 21, 2012, an initiative designed to connect towns and cities across the country with USTDA’s export promoting programs.

 

“By building strategic partnerships, USTDA and local business organizations can support the creation of high-paying jobs through the growth of U.S. exports,” stated USTDA Director Leocadia Zak. “I am excited to work with our new partners, and look forward to connecting with more organizations across the country.”

With the launch of the Making Global Local initiative, USTDA announced the following partners: World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Missouri International Trade and Investment Office, Erie County (NY) Industrial Development Agency, Duquesne University Small Business Development Center, Vermont Economic Development Authority, World Trade Center of New Orleans, Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, Denver Sister Cities International, and the Virginia Small Business Development Center.

Over the past year, U.S. companies have increasingly targeted emerging economies as export destinations. Given its unique role, USTDA is perfectly positioned to support U.S. businesses interested in entering or expanding their presence in developing and middle-income countries. By understanding the Agencys programs, Making Global Local partners will help companies in their communities maximize the benefits of working with USTDA.

Partner organizations include local non-profit or governmental entities that have demonstrated a commitment to supporting the creation of jobs in their community through the growth of U.S. exports. USTDA seeks to forge new partnerships with local organizations across the country, such as World Trade Centers, local non-profit economic development organizations, state or municipal governmental entities, and others.

For more information on the initiative, or to learn more about becoming a partner organization, please visit www.ustda.gov/makinggloballocal

Research
The World Bank’s Annual “Doing Business” Report provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 national economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. It provides data on the ease of doing business, ranks each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas.

Business without Borders
Now with five-year forecasts for real market demand and import share of market demand.
Business without Borders offers new members (membership is free) access to its “Global Opportunity Tool.” The tool provides information about global markets and is designed to help members identify opportunities for international expansion. Developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit exclusively for Business without Borders and brought to members by HSBC Bank USA, N.A., the tool lets members explore different international markets based on data from their own industries. The tool covers 55 countries where U.S. companies are most likely to trade or expand, and provides data on as many as 385 products or services. Start using tool >>

EXPORT.gov
Access the U.S. Commercial Service’s Market Reseach Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by specialists working in overseas posts. The library includes: country commercial guides (read the latest “Doing Business In” guides); industry overviews and market updates; multilateral development bank reports; best markets; and industry/regional reports.

Newsletters
http://www.ap-bi.com/newsletter.html
Asia Pacific Bio-Intelligence (APBI) is a complete healthcare solutions provider for the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Device industries within the U.S. and China. With offices in Philadelphia and Shanghai we can provide services for market feasibility studies, regulatory affairs, medical communications, marketing, supply chain management, and product distribution. Our goal is to support market entry and collaboration in the U.S and China through solutions driven and cost-effective approaches.

Click here for their most recent newsletter

White Papers
Going Global? Don’t Get Lost in Translation!
By Jiri Stejskal

Informational Resources
The US Department of State Business Visa Center is part of the Department of State’s ongoing effort to better facilitate the issuance of visas for legitimate business travelers worldwide. The Business Visa Center (BVC) is available to assist businesses in the United States and their partners, customers and colleagues USTDA’s program creates a win-win scenario by promoting U.S. exports to advance economic growth in developing and middle-income countries. The program has been a catalyst for opening new markets for U.S. companies, large and small, looking to expand sales overseas.

Sicola Consulting Group (Business English and Foreign Language Coaching)

US Department of State Travel Information
US Department of State Travel Warnings
XE.com Travel Expenses Calculator

Current Times in International Locations
Daylights Savings Time around the World
Listing of Bank/Business Holidays by Country

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