Global cyber attack on businesses – What you need to know

Global brands like Mondelez (MDLZ), the maker of Oreos and Nabisco, and US-based companies like pharmaceutical company Merck and law firm DLA Piper have reported a cyber attack on their IT systems. While many companies are now assessing the damage, ABC News reports that a Pennsylvania health network that is still unable to offer lab and diagnostic services at 14 community and neighborhood offices for a second straight day.  As the attack is spreading to businesses throughout Europe and the...

Small Business Contracting with the General Services Administration

The U.S. General Services Administration oversees $66 billion of procurement annually for the federal government, and 80 percent of all GSA contractors are small businesses. GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth discusses how GSA works with small businesses and startups. Listen to the Podcast Resources Making it Easier Initiative Office of Small Business Utilization FAQ Assistance for Small Business

Access to Capital for Startups and Small Businesses

Mark Walsh, Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Association, discusses resources to help small businesses and startup access the outside capital they need to grow. With over 30 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, Mark Walsh has taken turns as a Fortune 500 senior executive, angel investor, venture capitalist, and startup founder.  Resources SBIC A multi-billion dollar program founded in 1958, the SBIC Program is one of many financial...

These companies are helping small businesses adopt the latest tech

Small businesses create two out of three new jobs and generate almost 50 percent of the nation’s GDP. Yet with limited resources and staff, many don’t have access to the new technologies that larger firms can afford, making it harder to compete. For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration says that more than half of the nation’s 28 million small businesses do not have a website or a social media account. Only about half use digital tools to help with their business...

Recognizing Women In Business for Women’s History Month 2016

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Business Forward is once again highlighting women leaders in business across the country. “The correlation between women at the C-suite level and firm profitability is demonstrated repeatedly, and the magnitude of the estimated effects is not small,” a study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY recently published. The 31 women below are making an impact in their communities, their companies, and are an inspiration to...

Here’s what business leaders are saying about the Supreme Court vacancy

Justice Scalia’s seat on the bench is draped in his memory as a small group gathers in the U.S. Supreme Court’s courtroom. Image by Phil Roeder via Flickr. One week ago, President Obama nominated Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet some U.S. senators have pledged not to fill the vacant seat until a new president is sworn in. A new CNN/ORC poll released today finds that two-thirds of Americans want the Senate to hold...

Full text of Obama’s last State of the Union

Tune in here at 9 p.m. ET to watch an enhanced version of the President’s State of the Union address. And join us tomorrow: What: Conference Call on State of the Union Featuring: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture When: Wednesday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT Sign up for the conference call with Sec. Vilsack >   President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the...

The economic benefits of clean energy for American businesses

On the webinar that Business Forward hosted on Thursday, November 12, Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Climate America Dan Lashof discussed the economic opportunities of clean energy and a report released this week by ICF International and NextGen Climate America, which found that accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy will decrease energy costs and create over a million jobs by 2030.    View the webinar slides below.  20151112 Conference Call on Economic...

Advice to grow your company

On the conference call Business Forward hosted on Thrusday, November 5, author and Founder and CEO of Little Pim Julia Pimsleur shared tips and tactics to access capital and grow your business. Pimsleur raised over $26M in for-profit and non-profit dollars and is the author of Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big. This conference call was part of both our author and women in business series. Listen to the conference call below.  

Recap: SBA conference call on InnovateHER Business Challenge

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently launched its second annual InnovateHER challenge to encourage businesses to develop innovative products and services that improve the lives of women and families. Last year, the challenge reached 1,000 entrepreneurs through 100 local competitions. This year, the entrepreneurs have the opportunity to compete for prize money totaling $70,000, provided by Microsoft. On the conference call Business Forward hosted on October 15, business leaders heard...