'Biz Corner' NBA's Electronic Newsletter - 
August, 2014

In Partnership with the Self-Employed and Small Business Community...

Peace Through Business


It was a magnificent graduation evening for the 18 women entrepreneurs completing the IEEW's Peace through Business program. The Bush Presidential Library Events Center dazzled with energy and excitement, as these women business owners were celebrated. They return home with fresh ideas and strategies for their small businesses.


For some, the trip back home from Dallas is to danger and hostility. For all, however, their enthusiasm and joyful optimism were contagious. Research shows that teaching and empowering women impacts the community in dramatically positive ways. These are the shining exemplars of their countries and they return much more likely to succeed and to employ many of their countrymen. 


Snooze To Lose And Profit In The End 


Numerous studies show nearly 50% of Americans have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep.


Newsstands and libraries, to corporate firm lobbies, and coffee shops are replete with publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today all citing, at some point or another, sleep deprivation as America's latest silent epidemic.


With small businesses making up 99.7% of all employer firms and having created 65% of the nation's net new jobs for the past 17 years, sleep deprivation is not an issue we can afford to ignore.


Intellectually we know that inadequate sleep can adversely affect us in many ways: problem solving skills, written and verbal communication skills, learning and memory skills, and motor skills.  This can especially be a huge problem for small businesses and their employees because it can also lead to impaired judgment, diminished productivity and creativity, slower reaction times, and inability to focus and concentrate leading to lost opportunities and lower profits.  More... 


Keeping SCORE: 10� Million Entrepreneurs Served


For half a century, thousands of seasoned American executives and retired business owners have provided pro bono consulting services to 10 � million American entrepreneurs. These volunteers aren't in it for money, fame or glory. They give back because they've accumulated a lifetime's worth of expertise and have chosen to share what they've learned to give back to their community and their country.

Today, I had the chance to address the national conference of SCORE to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this exceptional corps of volunteer business mentors.


Nationwide, more than 11,000 SCORE mentors serve communities in every state in the union. One of my most important jobs as SBA Administrator is to spread the word that high-quality, free business consulting is available to assist new entrepreneurs who are starting up and existing small business owners who are scaling up.   



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Peace Through Business
Snooze To Lose And Profit In The End

Member Spotlight - Oakwood Kennels 


We are located just south of Pearland TX. off HWY 288 and 35 inter-section covering all of Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Matagorda, San Antonio, Lake Jackson, and every home in between!


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Pets are unpredictable. While it's hard to anticipate accidents and illnesses, VPI Pet Insurance makes it a little easier to be prepared for them. From routine office visits to significant medical incidents, VPI provides protection for pets when they need it most.


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