Dakota Business | Year End Requires Reporting to IRS and SSA | Top Tips for Finding Federal Contracts | The Importance of Financial Management
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 January 6, 2014

Dakota Business

North Dakota District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Year End Requires Reporting to IRS and SSA

Pocket Watch

After the Christmas rush and the New Year's celebrations comes the inevitable reporting to the IRS. Business owners have additional responsibilities and timelines to meet if they have employees or have paid various costs to individuals or other organizations.

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Top Tips for Finding Federal Contracts

Searching the web for contracts can be extremely frustrating. If you are not familiar with the process, a simple search can present a list of contracts that can take days to review. How can you simplify the effort while still keeping it effective?

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The Importance of Financial Management


For any business to succeed and grow in the long term, it needs a strong financial management plan. Here are some of the main areas for a business owner to monitor to ensure a sound financial base for his or her business.

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Increased Funding Available for Small Businesses

Through SBA's MicroLoan Program, Lake Agassiz RDC can provide up to $50,000 to help eligible small businesses and certain not-for-profit childcare centers start up and expand.

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Square One Kitchens

Casey Steele, Square One Kitchens

When Casey Steele decided to combine her love of baking with the desire to own a business, she knew she was in for a lot of work. Her friends and family offered up encouragement, but she felt uncertain about business planning. Then her dentist referred her to the SCORE mentoring program. SCORE mentors provide free, confidential counseling to small business owners nationwide. Casey was able to connect with a mentor who helped her find answers to the tough questions, provided her with relevant information, and stayed with her as the business changed and evolved. Learn how Casey turned her dream of owning her own business into the first kitchen incubator in North Dakota.

ND Women's Startup Weekend

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

When: January 24-26, 2014

Where: Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo ND

For more information, visit the ND Women's Startup Weekend website.

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