An organization recently held a conference in Peoria promoting information on a variety of sources of "free" government grant money. This organization, and others like it, advertises ways for individuals to get government money to start your own business, expand your business, buy an investment home, and other uses.
Changes to several of NAFTA's Rules of Origin went into effect on June 15. The "Track One" changes will generally be beneficial for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as they simplify compliance with the agreement and provide an economic incentive for companies to perform assembly and systems integration tasks in North America.
When owners of smaller businesses hear the phrase "strategic planning", their eyes glaze over and they stop listening. That's because many small business owners think strategic planning is something only the large corporations need to do. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Exports mean new customers. 95 percent of the world's consumers live outside of the United States. Exports mean jobs. About one of every five factory jobs, or 20 percent of all jobs in America's manufacturing sector, depends on exports.