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Prevent these Small Business HR Mistakes

As a small business owner, we tend to take on different roles within the company, which could prove to be risky if not managed properly.  One of these responsibilities might be Human Resources (HR) Management.  This article explains the top 5 HR mistakes that small business owners tend to make and how to avoid them.  They include [...]

May 26th, 2017|Human Resources, Resources, Small Business|

Supporting Small Businesses Through SBIR & STTR Programs

Recently, there was a joint hearing in the House to discuss improvements to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in order to promote small businesses' innovative ideas. Not only do these programs make an impact on the small business community,  but they are essential to encourage competitiveness, build the country's [...]

New Trends in Absence Management

Absence management plays a pivotal role in workforce productivity. Compliance with federal, state, and local regulations not only affect large businesses but impact small and medium-size companies, as well. Many employers are now outsourcing the administration of short-term disability (STD) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements. Other trends focus on providing return-to-work [...]

May 22nd, 2017|Human Resources, Information, Small Business|

What are Procurement Technical Assistance Centers?

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a handful of resources for small businesses to potentially acquire government contracts. One of these resources is the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs). PTACs provide counseling, training, and assistance to those small business owners that are interested in selling their products and/or services to the government. They help you register [...]

May 19th, 2017|Resources, SBA, Small Business|

Learn How to Do Business with the DOD

Another federal agency that EnRep tracks for contracting opportunities is the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) assists small businesses in finding opportunities with the agency and supporting their mission. OSBP's website provides information on the acquisition process and necessary steps to become part of their government contracting or subcontracting [...]

May 17th, 2017|Contracts, DOD, Information, Resources, Small Business|

SCORE’s Live Webinar: Managing Cash Flow

SCORE provides live webinars for small business owners that want to grow their companies. This upcoming Thursday, May 18th, at 1:00pm, they will be hosting a webinar on the fundamentals of cash flow management. Specifically, on how to develop a cash flow budget and utilize it to make financial decisions and future forecasts. Click here to [...]

May 15th, 2017|Events, Resources, SCORE, Small Business|

Compensatory Time Off for Small Businesses

Recently, members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), submitted a proposal to Congress to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act by enacting the Working Families Flexibility Act. This bill would allow employers of large and small private-sector companies to offer time off instead of overtime pay. This article lists some pros and cons and gives additional [...]

Accounting: A Vital Function for Small Businesses

Good accounting principles are vital to any business. Accounting is more than just debits and credits; it includes accounts receivable, operational budgets, changes in costs, and so much more. Setting goals and keeping good records are critical to a company's health and financial performance. This article explains why accounting is such an important function to any small [...]

May 10th, 2017|Accounting, Information, Small Business|

Employee Handbook: A Communication and Management Tool

Employees are one of the most valuable assets of a business and a comprehensive employee handbook is one of the best communication and management tools used to define expectations in the workplace, along with what the employee can expect from the company.  It is a manual that states the company's policies and procedures and should include topics such [...]

May 8th, 2017|Information, Resources, SBA, Small Business|

NWBC Report: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems & Women Entrepreneurs

Recently, the National Women's Business Council (NWBC) released a report regarding the importance of an overall community environment and what that means in terms of growth and sustainability for women entrepreneurs.  This concept is otherwise know as an "entrepreneurial ecosystem."  The report provides a model that policy makers and other stakeholders can use to evaluate [...]

May 5th, 2017|NWBC, Reports, WOSB|