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Wednesday
Sep022009

SBA Administrator Mills Encourages Americans to Plan for Disasters During National Preparedness Month

WASHINGTON –Citing current wildfires in Southern California and several storms impacting coastal regions, the U.S. Small Business Administration is encouraging Americans to be prepared. In a message posted today on YouTube, Administrator Karen G. Mills reminds the public about National Preparedness Month and the devastating effects of disaster, encouraging everyone to develop and implement disaster preparedness plans.

 

“There’s a tendency to think that a large-scale disaster is not going to happen ‘where I live,’” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “We should all realize that storms, floods, earthquakes, fires and man-made disasters can strike at any time and anywhere. Taking responsibility for your own post-disaster recovery is a good step toward protecting your family, your business and your community.”

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is one of many state and local government and private sector coalition partners participating in this September’s National Preparedness Month.

 

The Administrator’s video can be found at www.youtube.com/sba.

 

To prepare for disasters, SBA offers the following tips:

 

Develop a solid emergency response plan. Find evacuation routes from the home or business and establish meeting places. Make sure everyone understands the plan beforehand. Keep emergency phone numbers handy. Business owners should designate a contact person to communicate with other employees, customers and vendors. Homeowners, renters and business owners should ask an out-of-state friend, colleague or family member to be a “post-disaster” point of contact, supporting the flow of information about short-term relocations, recovery, additional sources of assistance, etc.

 

Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Disaster preparedness begins with having adequate insurance coverage—at least enough to rebuild your home or business. Homeowners and business owners should review their policies to see what is or isn’t covered. Companies should consider business interruption insurance, which helps cover operating costs during the post-disaster shutdown period. Flood insurance is essential. To find out more about the National Flood Insurance Program, visit the Web site at www.floodsmart.gov.

 

Copy important records. It’s a good idea to back up vital records and information saved on computer hard drives, and store that information at a distant offsite location in fireproof safe deposit boxes. You should have copies/back ups of important documents ready to take with you if you have to evacuate

 

Create a “Disaster Survival Kit.” The kit should include a flashlight, a portable radio, extra batteries, first-aid supplies, non-perishable food, bottled water, a basic tool kit, plastic sheeting and garbage bags, cash, and a digital camera to take pictures of the property damage after the storm.

 

More preparedness tips for businesses, homeowners and renters are available on the SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disasterassistance.

 

The Institute for Business and Home Safety (www.disastersafety.org ) also has information on protecting your home or business. To learn more about developing an emergency plan, visit the DHS’s Ready Campaign Web site at www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to receive free materials.

 

Following a disaster, the SBA makes low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and non-farm businesses of all sizes. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged real estate. Individuals may borrow up to $40,000 to cover losses to personal property.

 

Non-farm businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may apply for up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged business assets and real property. Small businesses that suffered economic losses as a direct result of the declared disaster may apply for a working capital loan up to $2 million, even if the property was not physically damaged.

 

To learn more about the SBA’s disaster assistance program, visit the Web site at www.sba.gov/disasterassistance.

 

Wednesday
Sep022009

SBA Launches New Online Training Course 'How to Win Federal Contracts'

Online Course Part of Federal Government-wide Initiative

 

WASHINGTON ─ The U.S. Small Business Administration today launched a new online training course to help strengthen access to contracting opportunities for small businesses, including those owned by women, minorities, disadvantaged individuals and veterans.

 

The training course, “Recovery Act Opportunities: How to Win Federal Contracts,” is part of a federal government-wide initiative announced last month by President Obama and being led by SBA and the Department of Commerce.

 

“Government contracts can play a key role in helping small businesses turn the corner in terms of expansion and job creation,” SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills said. “But make no mistake, the benefits the government receives are equally as impressive – working with small businesses allows the federal government to work with some of the most innovative companies in America, often with direct contact with the CEO.”

 

“The SBA online training course can help businesses access the federal purchasing system and position themselves to compete for the commercial opportunities offered by government contracting,” Mills continued.

 

In announcing the government-wide initiative, President Obama reiterated his Administration’s commitment to providing “our Nation’s small businesses with maximum practicable opportunity to participate in federal government contracting.” As part of the initiative, federal agency procurement officers are participating in more than 200 events over the next several weeks to help connect small businesses with contracting opportunities. Additionally, SBA and Commerce are expanding their outreach to contracting officials across the federal government to ensure they have the tools to meet their annual contracting goals and increase opportunities to small businesses, including those owned by veterans, women and minorities, as well as those in designated HUBZones.

 

As part of the outreach to small businesses, the comprehensive online course uses both audio and script to provide information about the federal marketplace, contract rules and, most importantly, how to sell to the government and where to find contract and Recovery Act opportunities. The new training portal is a free online training course designed to assist entrepreneurs during this period of economic recovery. This self-paced, instructional guide provides an overview of the federal procurement process.

 

The Recovery Act Opportunities course is available on SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov or directly at www.sba.gov/fedcontractingtraining. The course is indexed by subject matter to allow ease of use, and it includes multiple direct links to additional contracting resources.

 

The Recovery Act Opportunities course includes direct links that highlight the best contracting resources and engages small business owners in the contracting process. The course also includes practical and fundamental steps to engage business owners in the federal contracting arena.

 

It is one of more than 24 online tutorials offered by the SBA, and is available 24/7.

 

For more information please visit www.sba.gov.

 

 

Tuesday
Sep012009

NHAC - CONGRATS! 500 Guests arrived Saturday 29th for the 2009 Pork Roast

CONGRATS! 500 Guests arrived Saturday 29th for the 2009 Pork Roast

Tuesday
Sep012009

NH GOP - WHERE'S HODES HIDING? 

It’s the Last Day Of August And Paul Hodes STILL Hasn’t Announced Plans For A Town Hall Meeting

 

CONCORD – On the final day of August, Congressman Paul Hodes is still refusing to announce plans for a traditional town hall meeting on health care. Hodes has spent his entire summer break meeting with liberal bloggers, union bosses and special interest groups while avoiding face-to-face contact with voters.

 

“Paul Hodes has spent the entire August recess avoiding town hall meetings and dodging questions about his support for a disastrous government takeover of health care. He’s let down the residents of the Second Congressional District and shown the rest of New Hampshire that he would make a lousy US Senator,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams.

 

On Friday, The Keene Sentinel slammed Congressman Hodes in an editorial criticizing his failure to meet face-to-face with his constituents. The paper also stated that his senatorial aspirations have been damaged by his failure to hold a traditional town hall meeting to discuss his support for legislation that would result in the rationing of health care.

 

“[Hodes’] record of directly facing the public during the current health care debate is surprisingly thin — this at a time when other congressmen and senators elsewhere in the country have consciously stepped into the line of critical fire,” writes the Sentinel. “Hodes says he wants to be in the U.S. Senate, which is his right. But his prospects of getting there...certainly aren’t enhanced by his recent performance on health care.”

 

On Thursday, Congressman Hodes denied reports that he was quietly planning a health care forum in Nashua this week - contradicting earlier statements made by his spokesman. Hodes refused to answer further questions about any future plans to hold town hall meetings according to the Nashua Telegraph (8/27).

 

“It’s time for Mr. Hodes to stop playing games with his constituents and finally hold a town hall meeting to answer questions about his disastrous heath care agenda,” said Williams.

 

Tuesday
Sep012009

NetRight Daily: Time To Stop Cass Sunstein 

Fellow Bloggers,

Please write to your Senator NOW and tell them to Vote No on Cass Sunstein. To get more info on Sunstein, click here. Here are today's top stories on NetRight Nation and other relevant information:

 

Sorting Fact from Fiction on Health Care: In recent town-hall meetings, President Barack Obama has called for a national debate on health-care reform based on facts. It is fact that more than 40 million Americans lack coverage and spiraling costs are a burden on individuals, families and our economy. There is broad consensus that these problems must be addressed. But the public is skeptical that their current clinical care is substandard and that no government bureaucrat will come between them and their doctor. Americans have good reason for their doubts--key assertions about gaps in care are flawed and reform proposals to oversee care could sharply shift decisions away from patients and their physicians.

 

A High Honor for NetRight Nation: I started NetRight Nation just over a year ago. In the last year, we have done quite a bit with the site and I hope that many of you find this a useful place to get news and information. Over the weekend I received the highest honor possible in blogging. NETRIGHT NATION WAS NAMED TO AN ENEMIES LIST BY SOME COMMIE BLOGGER. I would like to think that I am doing something right when I make it onto a list like this.

 

ObamaCare: The Left's Mor(t)al High Ground: Barack Obama has apparently now been advised to shift the ground in the debate over health care reform, to get it away from discussions about specific provisions in the pending legislation (whether it will force us to unplug grandma or use our tax dollars to pay for others' abortions) and get it onto a far loftier moral high ground.

 

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