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BUSINESS START-UP

Starting and Growing
Your Business

Video Series (YouTube)

ADP

Introduction

CH 1 Transitioning

CH 2 Business Planning

CH 3 Financing Your Business

CH 4 Marketing Your Business

CH 5 Hiring

CH 6 Winning Contracts

CH 7 Networking

CH 8 Customer Service

CH 9 Growing Your Business

CH 10 Inspiration


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CVE VERIFICATION

Running The VetBiz Gauntlet
How to Get Out Alive (Verified)

Legal Meets Pratical, LLC

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EXPORTING

A Wealth of International Resources

American Small Business

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One of the biggest challenges to both current and potential exporters is access to accurate, reliable information about the markets they want to tap. One of the most common ways large exporters address this issue is by contracting “expert” help in each country or region where they do business, that is, a local representative or source in position to provide both information and market analysis. This type of service can be -and usually is- costly. If you happen to be a large exporter, cost may not be a major issue, but for small exporters this challenge can be daunting.

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FINANCE

8 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Seeking Money from Investors

Washington Business Journal

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Entrepreneurs trying to raise money from investors frequently use the term “smart money” to describe the type of investors they are seeking. “Smart money” is money raised from experienced, well-informed investors who provide both money and additional value-added benefits to the company.

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Endless Crowds

Fundraising

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Endless Crowds is a crowd-fundraising platform exclusively for members of the militart, firefighters, police and their affiliate organizations.

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StreetShares
On-Line Funding

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Veteran owned and operated, we understand the unique challenges you face when funding your business. Every small business has a story. You should have a chance to tell yours.

We're the only place where veteran business owners can “pitch” directly to investors, who compete in an eBay-like auction to back part of the loan to the business.

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VISIT WEBSITE


Virage LTD.
Small Business Lending Group

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Is VC Funding Right For You?

Venture Capital

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Venture capital can either take your company to the next level--or tear it apart. Here's how to decide whether VC funding is right for your business.

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SBA Announces New Measures
to Help Get Small Business Loans
Into the Hands of Veterans

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WASHINGTON – The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000. This initiative will start on January 1 and continue through the end of the fiscal year.

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PDF Vet Advantage Fact Sheet VET ADVANTAGE RENEWAL TO 2015

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Microloan Programs

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The Microloan program provides loans up to $50,000 to help small businesses and certain not-for-profit childcare centers start up and expand. The average microloan is about $13,000.

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides funds to specially designated intermediary lenders, which are nonprofit community-based organizations with experience in lending as well as management and technical assistance. These intermediaries administer the Microloan program for eligible borrowers.

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Eligibility Requirements

Each intermediary lender has its own lending and credit requirements. Generally, intermediaries require some type of collateral as well as the personal guarantee of the business owner.

Use of Microloan Proceeds

Microloans can be used for:

Working capital

Inventory or supplies

Furniture or fixtures

Machinery or equipment

Proceeds from an SBA microloan cannot be used to pay existing debts or to purchase real estate.

Repayment Terms, Interest Rates, and Fees

Loan repayment terms vary according to several factors:

Loan amount

Planned use of funds

Requirements determined by the intermediary lender

Needs of the small business borrower

The maximum repayment term allowed for an SBA microloan is six years.

Interest rates vary, depending on the intermediary lender and costs to the intermediary from the U.S. Treasury. Generally, these rates will be between 8 and 13 percent.

Application Process

Microloans are available through certain nonprofit, community-based organizations that are experienced in lending and business management assistance. If you apply for SBA microloan financing, you may be required to fulfill training or planning requirements before your loan application is considered. This business training is designed to help you launch or expand your business.

Find a Microloan Provider

To apply for a Microloan, you must work with an SBA approved intermediary in your area. Approved intermediaries make all credit decisions on SBA microloans. For more information, you can contact your local SBA District Office or view the list of Participating Microloan Intermediary Lenders in the Attachments list below.

ILLINOIS

Accion Chicago, Inc.
1436 W. Randolph Avenue Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607

Executive Director: Jordan Henstra
Microlending: Brett Simmons
Microlending: Jonathan Brereton
Microlending: Jordan Henstra

Phone: 312-275-3000
Fax: 312-275-3010
Email:

Service Area: Cook, Dekalb, Dupage, Grundy, Kane, Will, Kendall, Lake, La Salle, Mchenry, Kankakee

INDIANA

Flagship Enterprise Center, Inc.
2701 Enterprise Drive
Anderson, IN 46013

Microlending: DeWayne Landwehr

Phone: 765-622-0800
Fax: 765-622-0211
Email:
Website: www.flagship.org

Service Area: Hamilton, Hancock, Madison, Rush, Shelby, Tipton, Grant, Delaware, Henry, Marion

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SEED Corp.
501 N. Morton Street Suite 101
Bloomington, IN 47404

Executive Director: Terri Brown
Microlending: Terri Brown

Phone: 812-339-8937
Fax: 812-335-7552
Email:

Service Area: Owen, Morgan, Monroe, Lawrence, Jennings, Jackson, Greene, Decatur, Bartholomew, Brown

MICHIGAN

Center for Empowerment and
Economic Development (CEED)

2002 Hogback Road Suite 17
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Executive Director: Michelle Richards
Microlending: Michelle Richards

Phone: 734-677-1400
Fax: 734-677-1465
Email:

Service Area: Livingston, Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Monroe

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Detroit Midtown Micro-Enterprise Fund
440 Burroughs, Suite 140
Detroit, MI 48202

Executive Director: Lorenzo Thurman
Microlending: Lorenzo Thurman

Phone: 313-263-4032
Fax: 313-972-1716
Email:
Website: metro-community.org

Service Area: Wayne, Oakland

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Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan
105 W. Allegan Suite 10
Lansing, MI 48933

Microlending: Denise Peek

Phone: 517-853-5890
Fax: 517-853-5891
Email:
Website: yourfoundationforbusiness.org

Service Area: Clinton, Ingham, Eaton

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Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)
25 Sheldon Blvd. SE Suite 210
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Microlending: Bill Hahn
Microlending: Bonnie Nawara

Phone: 616-458-3404
Fax: 616-458-6557
Email:

Service Area: Ottawa, Allegan, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oceana, Barry, Kalamazoo, Newaygo

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Metro Community Development, Inc.
503 S. Saginaw St., STE 804
Flint, MI 48502

Microlending: Ravi Yalamanchi

Phone: 810-767-4622
Email:
Website: metro-community.org

Service Area: Oakland, Livingston, Lapeer, Genesee, Saint Clair, Shiawasse

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Northern Economic Initiative Corp.
P.O. Box 7009
Marquette, MI 49855

Executive Director: Dennis West
Microlending: Barbara Krause

Phone: 906-226-1622
Fax: 906-228-5572
Email:
Website: www.niupnorth.org

Service Area: Newaygo, Montmorency, Osceola, Presque Isle, Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft, Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Cheboygan, Clare, Emmet, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella, Lake, Ogemaw, Mason, Oceana

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Renaissance Development Fund
38 West Wall Street
P O Box 428
Benton Harbor, MI 49023-0428

Executive Director: Gregory Vaughn
Microlending: Gregory Vaughn

Phone: 269-925-6100
Fax: 269-925-4471
Email:
Website: cstonealliance.org

Service Area: Van Buren, Cass, Berrien

MINNESOTA

Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.
8355 Unity Drive Suite 100
Virginia, MN 55792

Executive Director: Mary Mathews
Microlending: Carla Tichy
Microlending: Michele Meier
Microlending: Stephen Peterson

Phone: 218-735-6022
Fax: 218-735-6042
Email:
Website: www.entrepreneurfund.org

Service Area: Cass, Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, Saint Louis, Douglas

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Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3rd Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Microlending: Diane Morey
Microlending: Nancy Vyskocil
Microlending: Tim Wang

Phone: 218-759-2057
Fax: 218-759-2328
Email:
Website: www.nwmf.org

Service Area: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake Of The Woods, Roseau, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Mahnomen

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
525 Florence Avenue
Owatonna, MN 55060

Microlending: Diane Lewis
Microlending: Marcia Haley

Phone: 504-455-3215 x124
Fax: 507-455-2098
Email:
Website: smifoundation.org

Service Area: Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Sibley, Rice, Nicollet, Mower, Martin, Le Sueur, Houston, Goodhue, Freeborn, Faribault, Dodge, Brown, Winona, Fillmore, Olmsted, Blue Earth

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Southwest Initiative Foundation
15 3rd Avenue, NW
P.O. Box 428
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Microlending: Karen Larson
Microlending: Kurt Thompson

Phone: 320-587-4848
Fax: 320-587-3838
Email:
Website: swifoundation.org

Service Area: Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, Rock, Swift, Yellow Medicine, Carver, Stearns, Wright, Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Mcleod

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Women Venture
2324 University Avenue Suite 120
St. Paul, MN 55112

Microlending: Alyssa Samuelson
Microlending: Deb Wilkens-Costello
Microlending: Trish Bosquez

Phone: 651-646-3808
Email:
Website: womenventure.org

Service Area: Washington, Wright, Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Steele

OHIO

Economic and Community Development Institute
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219

Executive Director: Inna Kinney
Microlending: Inna Kinney
Microlending: Kathy Brown
Microlending: Peter Dunleavy

Phone: 614-559-0159
Fax: 614-732-0986
Email:
Email:

Service Area: Mahoning, Butler, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Warren, Champaign, Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Mercer, Morrow, Paulding, Pickaway, Richland, Union, Van Wert, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Henry, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Medina, Ottawa, Sandusky, Summit, Wayne, Williams, Wood, Harrison, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Defiance, Fulton, Jefferson, Portage, Seneca, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Coshocton, Crawford, Gallia, Guernsey, Hancock, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Vinton, Washington, Wyandot

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Kent Regional Business Alliance
aka Regional Economic Growth Corporation

211 East Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240

Executive Director: Jack Crews
Microlending: Betty Sweda
Microlending: Jack Crews

Phone: 330-474-3599
Fax: 330-677-2130
Email:

Service Area: Harrison, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Holmes, Portage, Stark, Trumbull, Geauga

WISCONSIN

Advocap, Inc.
237 Broadway Street
Berlin, WI 54923

Executive Director: Michael Bonertz
Microlending: Kathy Doyle
Microlending: Tanya Marcoe

Phone: 920-922-7760
Fax: 920-922-7214
Email:
Website: advocap.org

Service Area: Fond Du Lac, Winnebago, Green Lake

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First American Capital Corp.
10809 W. Lincoln Avenue, #102
West Allis, WI 53227

Executive Director: Craig Anderson
Microlending: Craig Anderson
Microlending: Gary Mejchar
Microlending: William Beson,Jr.

Phone: 414-604-2044
Fax: 414-604-2070
Email:
Website: : www.aiccw.org

Service Area: Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Columbia, Douglas, Fond Du Lac, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, Langlade, Menominee, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Portage, Sauk, Sawyer, Shawano, Trempealeau, Vilas, Washburn, Waukesha, Wood, Burnett, Adams, Ashland

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Impact Seven, Inc
147 Lake Almena Drive
Alemna, WI 54805-9900

Microlending: Bob Mayer
Microlending: Brett Gerber
Microlending: Jane Dvorak

Phone: 715-357-3334 x309
Fax: 715-357-6233
Email:
Website: impactseven.org

Service Area: Lafayette, La Crosse, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sauk, Sawyer, Shawano, Sheboygan, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Vilas, Washburn, Wood, Waushara, Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Grant, Green, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kewaunee, Langlade

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Lincoln Neighborhood Redevelopoment Corp.
2266 S. 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Executive Director: Hilde Duwulf
Microlending: Hilde Duwulf

Phone: 414-671-5619
Fax: 414-385-3270
Email:

Service Area: Milwaukee

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Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.
8355 Unity Drive Suite 100
Virginia, MN 55792

Executive Director: Mary Mathews
Microlending: Carla Tichy
Microlending: Michele Meier
Microlending: Stephen Peterson

Phone: 218-735-6022
Fax: 218-735-6042
Email:
Website: www.entrepreneurfund.org

Service Area: Douglas

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Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
2745 North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Executive Director: Wendy Bauman
Microlending: Barbara Eckblad
Microlending: Jon Gaines

Phone: 414-263-5450
Fax: 414-263-5456
Email:

Service Area: Lafayette, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Wood, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Calumet, Chippewa, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Fond Du Lac, Forest, Green Lake, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Racine, Rock, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sawyer, Shawano, Sheboygan, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago, Adams, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau


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GLOSSARIES

Startup and Venture Capital Terms

TechRepublic

The startup world operates on a lot of lingo. This guide will give you a better context to understand the language of startups, venture capitalists, angel investors, and incubators.

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LAW

ASK THE LAWYER

Before You Launch

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Veterans who are considering starting a business have a multitude of items on their checklist.

C Corp or Limited Liability Company? What about a succession plan? Tax implications?

Aside from those technical issues, veterans should become aware of what assistance and services are available. VetBizCentral, for example, offers a variety of programs for start-ups and others, such as Syracuse University, provide assistance for service disabled veterans and other veterans.

Sometime, one needs to look close to home to find some answers to the host of issues involved in starting a business.

The Pure Michigan Business Connect program is designed to link aspiring entrepreneurs, including veterans, with resources. Accounting as well as law firms have stepped up to donate services, at no charge. The concept is for existing businesses to donate their services to start-ups and thus enhance our state’s economy.

Jeremy M. Johnson is a Navy veteran and client relations director for the law firm of Plachta Murhpy & Associates in Grand Rapids. That firm is participating in the Pure Michigan Business Connect program and is reaching out to veterans in Western Michigan and beyond.

The firm conducts several presentations on start-up issues each year and partners with the Michigan Small Business Technology Development Centers and SCORE.

”There are no partners that are veterans, but there are several veterans on staff.

Starting a business is a complicated undertaking, and you need all the help you can get to make sure you are doing it right,” Johnson said. He cited several examples of issues entrepreneurs face when launching an enterprise.

AMONG THEM:

Entity Selection. Talk to an attorney about entity choice, i.e., corporations versus limited liability companies. Using the correct form of business entity can save you costs and complexity in the future.

Ownership Structure. Talk to an attorney about ownership structure if there are multiple owners. If you are a minority member (less than 51% ownership interest) you will want to make sure you have written limits on the authority of the majority owners so that you don’t get thrown under the bus if problems arise with the business.

Name Protection. Have an attorney help select a name that does not violate trademarks. Using a properly researched legal name and protecting the business name will avoid costly trademark claims and disputes down the road.

Lease or Real Estate Purchase Agreements. Have an attorney review the lease or real estate purchase agreement. If the business is going to rent or own real estate, you need to make sure the lease or purchase agreements do not put unnecessary legal burdens on you individually.

What-If Agreements. If you have a business partner or partners, have an attorney draft a buy/sell agreement. Establishing a legal agreement between the business owners up front about what happens if a business owner dies, becomes disabled or retires will avoid the cost and expense of litigation in the future if the business owners have conflicts or want out of the business.

For more information please contact:
E-Mail: Jeremy Johnson
CALL: (616) 458-3994
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MARKETING

Creative Summer Marketing Ideas

American Small Business

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Summer is here and it’s time to take to the streets. In the summer, your customers feel festive and spend more time outdoors. So, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get creative with your marketing efforts. Here are some ideas to try.

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Top 10 of All Time

Marketing Books

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Essential books for entrepreneurs who really want to understand how and why their customers buy.

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List Your Business on VAMBOA
And Much More

Veteran And Military
Business Owners Association

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VAMBOA is a non-profit veteran business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. We know that you possess special skills including leadership abilities and a work ethic second to none. Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners are highly qualified to build successful businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation.

Membership in VAMBOA is free and provides a multitude of resources.
JOIN HERE


PROCUREMENT

Veteran Institute for Procurement
Boots to Business: Federal Procurement

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide support to the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) to provide technical training to veteran-owned businesses seeking federal procurement opportunities. Through a Cooperative Agreement with SBA, the Foundation’s National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) will expand and host three training sessions a year (over a twelve month period) to support up to 150 service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) to attend the program.

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The "Contract Capture Process"

(HOW TO WIN A LARGE NAVY CONTRACT)

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The information provided in this document is provided as information only and does not reflect the official position of the Department of the Navy. The reader should refer to the specific regulations governing acquisitions for detailed information.

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VA Procurement

(e-Invoicing)
Courtesy of James Phillips

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President Obama signed the Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA) with the goal of reducing the federal government’s improper payments. Electronic invoicing is the leading technological solution to prevent improper payments by eliminating error –prone manual processing.

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To comply with IPERA, VA has finalized actions to mandate electronic invoice submission to the VA Financial Services Center (VAFSC). A Federal Register rule mandating electronic invoice submission was published November 27th, 2012. The mandate requiring contractors to submit payment requests in electronic form is effective December 27th, 2012.

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VA Proposals

(Small Business Tool Kit)
Courtesy of James Phillips

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It's a Matter of Trust

"Your response to my solicitation must convince me that YOU understand my requirement; so that in selecting you, I will get the job done successfully, not regret my decision in selecting you, and consider you for future opportunities." Jim Phillips

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The Tool Kit is based on common and frequent challenges encountered when determining if you should bid or not bid a project and when preparing a competitive proposal. The Tool Kit is not the only published work on the market devoted to this subject. Where the Tool Kit is the most beneficial to you is the practical knowledge which you learn through exercises and interaction with the materials.

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"Understanding Solicitations & Preparing Proposals"

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TAX


Cash vs Accrual Accounting

for Taxable Income and Expenses

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Are you starting a small business and trying to set up an accounting and bookkeeping method?

Are you filing your taxes and are confused about how to record your business income and expenses?

If you answer yes to either of the questions above, read on to learn when cash vs accrual accounting method can work better for your small business.

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12 TAX TIPS

For Small Business

Sales tax calculation and corresponding laws are constantly changing!

Staying up-to-date and knowing what you can do to be prepared for an audit is why our tax experts compiled this list of 12 Sales Tax Tips for Small Business.

Download this white paper and learn what your business can do to automate tax processes, stay on top of use taxes, e-commerce legislation, and streamline remittance procedures.

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TIPS

Failing Startup Checklist:
4 Signs It's Time
To Pull The Plug

Conner Forrest
TechRepublic.com

Mar. 24, 2014 – Facing failure as an entrepreneur can be devastating. Here are four factors that can help you figure out if you should close the casket on your startup.

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10 Extreme Bootstrapping Ideas

Cost Saving Tips

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Putting every dollar you make back into your company, and not your pocket, can be brutal. These cost-saving tips can help.

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8 Words to Avoid

When Selling

Geoffrey James
SALES SOURCE

Over the two years, I've read hundreds of sales messages and heard dozens of sales presentations.

Probably 90 percent of them are full of words that are both trite and ineffective.

Here are the worst offenders:

1. “Exciting”

There is no word more boring than the word "exciting." Claiming that something is "exciting" tells everybody that it's not. Instead, find something about your offering that actually excites the customer's interest.

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4 Ways to Make

Smarter Decisions

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Assumptions and biases get in the way of making better business decisions. Learn to root them out with these tips.

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NEW CLIENT
REQUEST FOR COUNSELING

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The U.S. Small Business Administration requires all clients to complete the Request for Counseling (Form 641). This form will act as our Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreements. All client information is held in strictest of confidence.

To start the process, please click on the above e-CENTER button to access our electronic Request for Counseling form. After submission, a counselor will contact you shortly.


9th ANNUAL VETS NIGHT OUT

28 October 2014
1800-2100
Grand Rapids, MI

Free networking event the night before the conference hosted by Veteran Owned Business Roundtable. Hor dourves are provided in addition to a "Cash Bar."

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9th ANNUAL VETERAN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
"Meet & Greet"

29 October 2014
0800-1600
Grand Rapids, MI

Admission:
$45 (Each)

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Crowne Plaza
5700 East 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 48546

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5 Days to Go!

Business Boot Camp
Putting Veterans in Business

18 November 2014
1300-1500
Grand Blanc, MI

Free franchising seminar hosted by FranNet and VetBizCentral. Registration required.

MORE INFORMATION

REGISTER ON-LINE

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A Nonprofit assisting veterans since 2005, serving Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin


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REGISTER Your Veteran Owned Company (VA)


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