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Monday, August 17, 2009

Famous lie slightly more true

As is well known in the US, there are three great lies:
  1. "I'll respect you in the morning."
  2. "The check is in the mail."
  3. "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you."
In a man-bites-dog story, Entrepreneur magazine (which is a lot more pro-free enterprise than Inc.) is praising a government website for actually helping small business owners:
There's something new at business.gov, the official online business link to the U.S. government: community. OK, starting a blog site isn't that new an idea generally. But the business.gov blog, which just got going in July, offers a unique opportunity for small business owners to learn how to do business with the feds.

With all the new federal funding floating around from the stimulus bill, this seems like a great place to maybe get a quick answer if you're stymied on how to apply to get stimulus funds, apply for an SBA loan, or about anything else governmental. …

Not enough small businesses even look at trying to snag government contracts if you ask me. Hopefully, this blog will help demystify the process.
I don’t think anyone is going to change the list of lies, but every rule has its exception. It’s good to see sensible, low-cost efforts to disseminate information about existing government programs.

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