Thursday, November 04, 2010

Technology Commercialization Assistance - Main Page

These are contacts, resources, information, and links that will assist existing businesses or entrepreneurs in developing their new or existing technology commercialization ideas into a potential commercially viable business.

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Published: 2010-11-03
Revised: 2015-11-17

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Technology Commercialization Assistance

PASBDC Technology Commercialization Assistance
New Product/Service Assistance - Main Page

PASBDC Technology Commercialization Program (Western Pennsylvania)
Duquesne University
Duquesne University Small Business Development Center
Cynthia E. Laurash
Consulting Manager
108 Rockwell Hall 600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15282-0103
Phone: (412) 396-5726 or (412) 396-1633
Fax: (412) 396-5884
Email: laurash@duq.edu
Duquesne SBDC Website: http://www.sbdc.duq.edu/
PASBDC Website: http://www.pasbdc.org/technology/technology-commercialization
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

PASBDC Technology Commercialization Program (Eastern Pennsylvania)
Kutztown University
Kutztown University Small Business Development Center
George Boehm
Government Procurement/Technology Commercialization Specialist
15155 Kutztown Road
Kutztown PA 19530-9201
Phone: (610) 458-5700 Extension 222 or (484) 646-4003
Toll Free: (877) 472-7232
Fax: (484) 646-4009
Email: boehm@kutztown.edu
Kutztown SBDC Website: http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/
Kutztown SBDC Technology Commercialization Website: http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/technology_commercialization.asp
PASBDC Website: http://www.pasbdc.org/technology/technology-commercialization
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

It is highly recommended that if you are interested in developing a new product or technology to contact your local Small Business Development Center first to complete a preliminary assessment to help determine your technology needs. Find a local SBDC in your area: http://www.pasbdc.org/centers

PASBDC Technology Commercialization Program Helpful Resources
PASBDC Technology Commercialization Website
Kutztown University SBDC Technology Commercialization Website
PA Dept of Community & Economic Development
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)
SBIR Agency Profile Manual (Word)
SBIR Budgeting and Accounting Primer (pdf)
Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)
New Product Commercialization: Steve Overholt, Gannon University SBDC (pdf)
Technology Development Services Resources Guide (pdf)
Protecting & Harvesting Intellectual Capital (Power Point)
Creating a Win-Win Deal: Key Elements of Licensing Contracts (Power Point)
Protecting Small Business Technology: Patents & Litigation (pdf)
Opportunities for R&D Partnerships (pdf)
The Private Side of Networks: Creating Sustainable Value (pdf)
Technology Transfer and Licensing with a University Partner (Power Point)
The Role of Technical Assistance in Technology Commercialization Strategies (Word)
Playing the SBIR Game to Win (Power Point)
Customs Broker Capabilities (Power Point)

Other various contacts, resources, information, and links:
Evaluating Your New Business Idea (Clarion SBDC Knowledgebase)
Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) (US Dept of Energy)
Innovation Institute (Southwest Missouri State University)
Intellectual Property Attorneys
Learning Factory (Penn State University)
Monitor Consumer Trends
Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights (Intellectual Property)
Trademark Protection Presentation, Scott Baldwin, Attorney, Global Intellectual Property Academy, July 2012
Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Google Search: Technology Commercialization Assistance

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Buying/Purchasing Existing Business - Main Page

Information, topics, and links related to purchasing an existing business.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2010-10-19
Revised: 2010-10-19

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Buying/Purchasing Existing Business

Buying a Business: Due Diligence Checklist (FindLaw)
Buying a Business (SBA)
Google Search: Buying a Business
Google Search: Purchasing Existing Business

Other Related Articles, Links, and Information

Friday, October 08, 2010

Non-Profit Businesses & Charitable Organizations

Information, topics, and links related to non-profit businesses and charitable organizations.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2010-10-08
Revised: 2016-03-24

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Non-profit Businesses

Charitable Organizations
Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations

Other Related Articles, Links, and Information
Bureau of Charitable Organizations Registration
Any consultants or professional solicitors that work on behalf of charitable organizations must register with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations (annual fee of $250) (click here for more information)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Advertising & Promotion - Email Marketing

Information, topics, and links related to your business's email marketing strategy.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2010-08-03
Revised: 2015-11-17

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Marketing My Business - Advertising & Promotion

Emailing as a part of your Marketing Strategy
Email Marketing Metrics Report (mailermailer)
Email Marketing Best Practices pdf (L-Soft)
Google Search: email marketing tips

Other Related Articles, Links, and Information
Computers For My Business - Email Mining The Web
Computers For My Business - Avoid Being Blacklisted


Friday, July 16, 2010

Industry Analysis - Cleaning

This is information and web links pertaining to the building Cleaning, janitorial, and maintenance services Industry.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Publish Date: 2010-07-16
Revised: 2010-07-16

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Building Cleaning, Janitorial, and Maintenance Services

Industry Analysis: Commercial & Residential Cleaning Services (SBDCNet)
Sample Business Plan (pdf) (Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center)
Google Search: Commercial Residential Cleaning Service Industry

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hiring & Firing - HIRE Act

Information, resources, and links pertaining to the newly legislated Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, enacted March 18, 2010.

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Published: 2010-07-13
Revised: 2010-07-13

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Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act

Under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, enacted March 18, 2010, two new tax benefits are available to employers who hire certain previously unemployed workers ("qualified employees").

The first, referred to as the payroll tax exemption, provides employers with an exemption from the employer’s 6.2 percent share of social security tax on wages paid to qualifying employees, effective for wages paid from March 19, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

In addition, for each qualified employee retained for at least 52 consecutive weeks, businesses will also be eligible for a general business tax credit, referred to as the new hire retention credit, of 6.2 percent of wages paid to the qualified employee over the 52 week period, up to a maximum credit of $1,000.

HIRE Act: Questions and Answers for Employers (IRS)
FAQs About the Payroll Tax Exemption and Qualified Employers (IRS)
FAQs About Qualified Employees (IRS)
FAQs About Claiming the Payroll Exemption (IRS)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Industry Analysis - Tanning Salons

This is information and web links pertaining to the Tanning Salon Industry.

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Publish Date: 2010-06-14
Revised: 2010-11-05

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Tanning Salons

Industry Analysis: Tanning Salons (SBDCNet)
Google Search: "tanning salon industry"
Google Search: 2010 tanning industry growth
Google Search: IRS ISSUE IR-2010-073
IRS Issues Regulations on 10-Percent Tax on Tanning Services Effective July 1, 2010
IRS Excise Tax on Indoor Tanning Services Frequently Asked Questions
IRS Nine Tips on the 10 Percent Tax on Tanning Services
The Indoor Tanning Market, May 18, 2009 (looking fit)
Indoor Tanning Association (ITA)
Smart Tan

Other Information, Links, and Resources

Beginning 7/1/2010 there will be a 10% tax on tanning services.
Tanning service gift certificates are considered paid when redeemed.
Insurance invoice must include tax.
Complete Form 720, Part II. Pay with voucher 720V or EFTPS. Tax due end of the month every quarter.
Every business must have an EIN to submit the tanning tax.
UV beds are taxable.
Non-UV beds and spray tans are not taxable.
Charges must be recorded separately in order to track this.
Other exemptions are available as well.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Demographic Analysis - Global

This is the starting point for entrepreneurs or anyone interested in starting, managing, or expanding a business in general to find demographic data for their business industry and target market. The demographic information in this post pertains to specific foreign countries.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2010-05-21
Revised: 2011-09-20

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Global Demograhic Analysis
World Fact Book (Central Intellgence Agency)
Africa

China

Europe
eurostat

South America

Industry Analysis - Wireless Telecommunications

This is information and web links pertaining to the Wireless Telecommunications Industry.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Publish Date: 2010-05-21
Revised: 2010-05-21

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Wireless Telecommunications

Industry Analysis: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (SBDCNet)
Google Search: US Wireless Telecommunications Industry Outlook

Friday, April 23, 2010

Government Regulation and Compliance - Renovation Contractors

These are links and information pertaining to the new Federal law that came into effect as of April 2010. Contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

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Published: 2010-04-23
Revised: 2010-04-23

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New Federal Contractor License Required

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Information and Links To Get Licensed
EPA Requirements
Lead, Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (Final Rule) pdf
Application For Lead Contractor Certification (LIBI-613L) (PA Dept L&I)
Accredited Renovation Training Programs

Other Related Information and Articles
New Contractor Certification May Cost You More (wgal.com)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Computers For My Business - Email Mining The Web

These are links and information pertaining to mass emailing and website email mining.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2010-04-15
Revised: 2010-08-11

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Small businesses that use mass emailing as a marketing tool to target their products and/or services can use software to mine potential customer emails. To mine emails from the Web you can either use MS Excel or purchase an existing email mining/extraction software from a email specialty software vendor.

Using Microsoft Excel 2007 as an Email Miner

Open Internet Explorer
Goto staff webpage of company website you want emails from
Copy url address: use this for an example: http://web.clarion.edu/SBDC/Personnel/default.asp

Block the url address, make it blue, Click and hold [ctrl] and Click [c]

Open Excel 2007
Click Data
Click From Web
In the New Web Query Window, In Address box, Click and hold [ctrl] and Click [v]
The Clarion SBDC staff page url should appear
Click Go
If any error messages come up Click No
You will notice a bunch of yellow arrows on the web page in the Web Query Window
Click the yellow arrow that has the area where the emails are located
It will make a box around the email area that you want
Click Import
All the text in that area will transfer to Excel

You can close the Web Query Window and clean up the excel spread sheet to have only email addresses in the first column (top to bottom) like this:
A1
sopher@clarion.edu
kroth@clarion.edu
.
.
.

You can save this file and use it to import data into a second party email blasting program or copy and paste emails into any email program.

In addition you can develop an Excel macro that automatically cleans the data and leaves only email addresses.

Or you can purchase an email extracting software that will do it for you:

Google Search: email extraction software

Other Related Articles, Information, and Links
Email Marketing Strategy and Tips


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Suppliers For My Business - Main Page

Includes information, links, programs, and resources for assisting small businesses with obtaining equipment, supplies, and inventory.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2010-01-27
Revised: 2010-01-27

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Suppliers (Main Page)

Supplies and Surpus Operations (PA Dept of General Services)
Pennsylvania's Surplus Property Programs
Surplus Sampler Monthly Newsletter: Contains surplus equipment, supplies, and inventory that the state is offering to sell or auction
Supplies and Surpus Operations Online Forms

Personal Contact Information:
Bureau of Supplies & Surplus Operations
Stuart Mosebey
Data Finance Manager
2221 Forster Street
Room G49
Harrisburg PA 17125
Phone: (717) 787-9038
Toll Free: 1 (800) 235-1555
Fax: (717) 772-2491
Email: smosebey@state.pa.us
Website
Personnel Listing
Organizational Chart

Google Search: "choosing suppliers"

Other Articles and Information
Choosing Suppliers (Inc)
How to Locate Wholesale Suppliers (Small Business Brief)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Employees/Human Resources - Local Consultants

This is information on local human resource consultants that can help local small businesses on more in-depth large projects.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2010-01-22
Revised: 2010-01-22

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Human Resource Consultants

To be added in the future when information becomes available

Employees/Human Resources - Leasing Employees

These are links and information pertaining to leasing employees. Leasing employees is an alternative to hiring and maintaining all the responsibilities of having your own employees. When you lease employees, you usually pay a monthly or per payroll check fee to have the leasing company manage the your employee payroll, benefits, insurances, and payroll tax functions.

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Published: 2010-01-22
Revised: 2010-01-25

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Leasing Employees

Local Employee Leasing Company
Labor Services, Inc.
Rose Weaver
106 South 2nd Avenue
Suite D
Clarion PA 16214
Phone: (814) 226-6860
Fax: (814) 226-8205
Email: br_pat@usachoice.net
Hours of Operation: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Fee Schedlule: LSIFeeSchedule.pdf (As of 01-25-2010, Subject to change at LSI's discretion)

Employee Leasing Information and Links
Employee Leasing Pitfalls (Life123)
The Benefits of Employee Leasing (allbusiness.com)
Google Search: employee leasing vs hiring
Google Search: advantages employee leasing