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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created as an independent agency of the federal government to counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
For over 200 years, the basic role of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs.
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
The IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Tax Center provides a one-stop resource of information to small businesses with assets of $10 million or less to assist them with meeting their federal tax obligations.
E-Verify is a free Internet-based system that allows employers to confirm the legal working status of new hires in seconds. Operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify provides an automated link to federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires. With one click, E-Verify can match your new hire's Social Security Number and other Form I-9 information.
E-Verify reduces unauthorized employment, minimizes verification-related discrimination, and protects employees’ civil liberties and privacy. An initial verification query returns results within 3 to 5 seconds. When you visit our Web site at www.dhs.gov, you can also sign up for an E-Verify Webinar.
The Webinar is a live Internet-based seminar that you can attend without leaving your office. Our Webinars are interactive, which means you will have the opportunity to have open dialogue with the presenter and ask questions.
E-Verify Self Check ("Self Check"), a service that allows you to check your employment eligibility in the United States. Once you have confirmed your employment eligibility using Self Check, you are unlikely to encounter difficulties upon being hired by an E-Verify participating employer.
Small Business Federal Government Contracting ("Small To Feds") operates a free counseling service assisting small business in succeeding in the government contracting venue.
Small to Feds offers face to face consulting, books, reference materials and on-line private counseling, all free of charge.
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