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How Bank of America Helped This Startup Build a Business Around Purpose and Profit

Bank of America has played a significant supporting role in every step of Yoobi's development. Find out how.

How Bank of America Helped This Startup Build a Business Around Purpose and Profit

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This Small Business is Helping Boeing Build America’s New Spaceship

Welcome to #BizUnited, a new series highlighting innovative partnerships between large corporations and small businesses across America. Check back periodically for new installments. Collaboration between two of America’s most innovative companies – one relatively small and largely unknown, the other a century-old, globally renowned corporation – is helping pave the way for the next generation of American space travel. Through a partnership forged by NASA, Houston-based Bastion Technologies, a technology and engineering company, is working hand-in-hand with aerospace and defense giant Boeing to build the CST-100 Starliner, a next-generation crew capsule that will allow the space agency to send American astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. Currently, NASA relies on Russia’s space agency to help transport U.S. astronauts to the space station at a cost of $70 million per roundtrip. While Bastion has been a Boeing supplier since the company was founded in 1998, this new partnership […]

This Small Business is Helping Boeing Build America’s New Spaceship

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Why More Older Americans are Starting New Businesses

If you hear the word entrepreneur and immediately picture a young person in a baggy hoodie working in a converted garage or dorm room, you may have some re-imagining to do. More baby boomers and senior citizens are starting their own businesses, proving that entrepreneurship really has no age limit. The rise of the so-called “seniorpreneur” (or “encore entrepreneur”) shouldn’t be surprising. As boomers age and the U.S. greys, there are simply more older Americans in the workforce than there used to be. While workers age 55 or older made up just 12 percent of the workforce in 1994, their numbers nearly doubled to 25 percent by 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “A big component of the increase in older Americans launching more businesses is a reflection of a general demographic shift in the make up of all Americans,” Derek Ozkal, a program officer at the Kauffman […]

Why More Older Americans are Starting New Businesses

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Four U.S. Business Titans That Are Fueling America’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Most of today’s largest titans of industry started out as small businesses—and it appears that many of them haven’t forgotten where they came from or how hard it was to get started. So they’re lending a helping hand to others. Dell, Google, Microsoft and Walmart are some examples of American companies whose founders climbed to the top of their respective fields, and then promptly turned right back around to help the next generation of entrepreneurs coming up behind them. While it may seem a bit counterintuitive for major companies to fund their future competitors, the practice can be beneficial for both groups. Small business owners and startup founders can take advantage of the larger company’s first-class resources, networking and financial opportunities, while the larger firms lay the groundwork for  future partnerships and get a look at some of latest innovative technologies and business practices. Here’s a closer look at how […]

Four U.S. Business Titans That Are Fueling America’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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The new face of small business in America [infographic]

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual America’s Small Business Summit takes place this week in Washington. Make sure to follow along via the ASBS homepage and the Twitter hashtag #IAmSmallBiz for updates and live-stream events. The face of America’s small business owners is slowly changing. Here’s a by-the numbers guide to entrepreneurship across the country.    

The new face of small business in America [infographic]

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Why your small business should start looking beyond America’s borders

Given today’s increasingly globalized economic landscape, U.S. small businesses that disregard the importance of international trade and limit themselves to the domestic market will do so at their own peril.

Why your small business should start looking beyond America’s borders

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The Veteran Small Business Owner Who Watches Over America’s Fallen Soldiers

Kevin Knight will be the first to tell you that hiring veterans to work at his small construction and maintenance company isn’t just about doing the right thing – it’s a policy that’s rooted in sound business practice, too. “Veterans are hard workers and some of the best people you’d want to have in your business,” says Knight, whose small business, Virginia-based Knight Solutions, handles renovations and grounds maintenance for many of the country’s military cemeteries. Knight joined the U.S. Army right after high school; however, he was discharged after a serious eye injury sustained during a training exercise forced him to leave the service before he was deployed overseas. Not deterred, Knight has managed to use entrepreneurship as a tool to continue supporting America’s returning soldiers. To date, Knight Solutions has hired veterans from 15 states, and the majority of the firm’s approximately 150 employees have served in the […]

The Veteran Small Business Owner Who Watches Over America’s Fallen Soldiers

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New EU data rules mean big changes for American businesses

A new year often marks a much-needed turnaround for businesses — a chance to redeem the previous year or capitalize on well-earned gains. However, 2016 brings with it sweeping data privacy changes for businesses that operate in the European Union, which will impact how they do business and make money. The new protection laws, which will come into effect in two years, are arguably the biggest shakeup for data regulators and businesses that operate in the EU’s 28 member states. “There are a few reasons people should really care [about this],” says Adam Schlosser, Director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation. “If they’re doing business in the European Union now, they’ll have to monitor the changes. There’s an extensive amount of changes and the changes will come with a potentially substantial fine of up to 4% of global turnover—and even if you’re not intentionally targeting […]

New EU data rules mean big changes for American businesses

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How This Disabled Veteran Found Mobility through His Electric Bike Business (Video)

As a veteran entrepreneur, Chris Nolte helps others with physical limitations experience the joy of cycling.

How This Disabled Veteran Found Mobility through His Electric Bike Business (Video)

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20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

By most accounts, Silicon Valley remains the country’s premier destination for tech startups, but it’s hardly the only region where technology entrepreneurs can thrive. From Portland’s Silicon Forest to Miami’s Silicon Beach, cities and towns across America are carving out their own niches and beckoning talented innovators. While each has its own identity, and while few would claim to be “the next Silicon Valley,” there is at least one area where they tend to pay homage to California’s tech utopia: their nicknames. Related: THE NEW FACE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA [INFOGRAPHIC] Here’s a look at some of the top tech hubs sprouting up around the country and the creative monikers they have adopted in the process.

20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

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These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

Every year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses that go above and beyond to make the world a better place. These standout companies serve as powerful forces for good in communities throughout the country and across the world. This year’s awards ceremony, held on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C., recognized and celebrated eight corporate businesses leaders for their outstanding contributions to addressing some of our society’s greatest needs through expertise, innovation, capital, and collaboration. Related: 4 COMPANIES THAT ARE DOING GOOD BY GIVING BACK “Businesses act as a powerful force for good in their communities every single day, and these winners reflect some of the best social and community initiatives within the business sector,” Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, said in a statement. “It is an honor to showcase the contribution of these eight companies, who are […]

These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

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Main Street, International: Small Business Goes Global Through Trade

Once upon a time, small business expansion meant opening a new location in the next town over or pushing your sales force across state lines. That’s all changed, and today, America’s small business owners are increasingly looking to international trade to help them reach new customers in markets abroad. We took stock of the value that selling globally brings to U.S. small businesses and how – for a sector that supports 41 million U.S. jobs – trade continues to be a major opportunity for growth on Main Street. Check out the numbers below. For more information on the economic impact of trade, visit our sister site, Above the Fold.

Main Street, International: Small Business Goes Global Through Trade

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