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Domain Age Tool

Consider using the Domain Age Tool to research that factor when investigating a website. The tool's quite simple to use. Just plug in a URL (or several at a time), click the "submit" button, and you should get back a page showing the site's exact age in months and years.

sba.gov 13 years 7 months old
nyssbdc.org 11 years 2 months old
whitehouse.gov 14 years 1 months old
microsoft.com 14 years 3 months old
mcdonalds.com 14 years 2 months old
pg.com (Proctor and Gamble) 14 years 3 months old
timesunion.com 12 years 1 months old
nytimes.com 14 years 2 months old

Yet there are some, such as ibm.com, walmart.com, and state.ny.us that it is Unable to Determine.

NOVELny Business Resources

For New York State residents, NOVELny provides access to two very useful business databases: Business and Company Resources Center and InfoTrac Custom Newspapers. Access is obtained by logging in with your NYS Driver License or NYS DMV Non-Driver Photo ID Card.

Business and Company Resources Center (BCRC) contains company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Thomson Financials' Investext Plus database is fully integrated in this database, which contains detailed data and analysis on publicly traded companies in a wide variety of industries. The information is contained in reports generated by analysts at leading research organizations worldwide. Information provided may include trends, sales and earnings forecasts, market share projects, and research and development expenditures. The database also contains all content found in Business and Company Index.

InfoTrac Custom Newspapers offers the full-text of several…

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report

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How did it come to pass that in 2008 our nation was forced to choose between two stark and painful alternatives — either risk the collapse of our financial system and economy, or commit trillions of taxpayer dollars to rescue major corporations and our financial markets, as millions of Americans still lost their jobs, their savings, and their homes?

The Commission concluded that this crisis was avoidable—the result of human actions, inactions, and misjudgments. Warnings were ignored. “The greatest tragedy would be to accept the refrain that no one could have seen this coming and thus nothing could have been done. If we accept this notion, it will happen again.”

Get the Report

Credit/capital markets post-recession

Check out Fitch's latest Credit Outlook, published last week.

Contractor Database Only Available to a "Select Few" Goes Public in April

The General Services Administration plans to open its Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System database to the general public in April.

The FAPIIS database tracks contractor performance for the government, and until now, available only to a select group of government officials, legislators and contractors.

Under a provision in the wartime supplemental appropriations bill, GSA is required to disclose all information contained in the database except previous performance evaluations.

More HERE.

10 marketing trends popping up in 2011

By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
You can say one thing with certainty about new product trends for 2011: They're pretty wacky. That's a good thing.

Even then, chief among 2011's consumer-packed good trends are these: Keep it simple. And better for me. And cheap.

Read HERE.

3 webinars on tax topics for small business owners

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax” --- Albert Einstein

With the holidays behind us, people are now turning their attention to the annual challenge of preparing their tax returns. Although the SBDC isn’t in the business of giving tax advice, it is important for all of us to be knowledgeable about the current tax issues, regulations and schedules that affect small business.

The New York State Small Business Development Center has collaborated with the National Association for the Self-Employed to develop and present a series of three webinars addressing tax topics of interest for small business owners. Although there are no prerequisites to attend any of the programs, you are encouraged to register for all three webinars.

“Top 5 Tax Questions for the Self-Employed”
Presented by: Keith Hall, National Tax Advisor for the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)

What’s a person new to self-employment to do? This tax webinar covers these key topics:
• What…

Getting Started in New York State Contracting webinar

“Getting Started in New York State Contracting – NYS Contract Reporter”
(Webinar #7 in the Procurement Webinar Series)
Presented by: Roxanne Mutchler, Government Contracting Coordinator, NYSSBDC Procurement Assistance Center at MVSBDC

Topics to be covered: The Contract Reporter is one of the main resources for contract opportunities in New York State. Train your clients to take full advantage of the information available at this website.

Date: January 26, 2011

Time: 9:30—10:30 AM

How to register: Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/305250977

Permit and Licensing Assistance

There are many industries and businesses in New York State that require permits and licensing in order to operate. Restaurants, day cares, liquor stores, contractors, and hotels are just a few of the more popular businesses that our clients start that require permits. In order to find out what NYS requires, the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform provides OPAL - Online Permit Assistance and Licensing.

OPAL provides information for all of the state agencies, as well as contact information, fees, and requirements for applying for the permits and licenses. The site also provides pages of "Helpful Information" on a variety of businesses, not just the ones that require permits. There is a keyword search to facilitate easy searching of the database, as well as the option to search by agency.

Best of all, there is an option to "Choose Business Type", which will guide the user to personalized results by asking detailed questions about the number of employees, leg…

The gender dividend: Making the business case for investing in women

Source: Deloitte via Docuticker

With a rapidly changing global economy, leaders are urgently seeking an effective method to sustain economic growth. While geography, industry, and technology are important considerations, gender is an imperative factor that cannot be ignored.
Talent is critical to staying competitive, but despite the growing number of qualified women in the workforce, the female talent pool continues to remain underutilized...

Acknowledging and investing in women can yield a significant return—a return known as the gender dividend. To fully capitalize on the gender dividend, however, countries and organizations must go beyond policies that focus on discrimination and develop solid strategies aimed at integrating women at every level. This will require building a strong, dual-focused business case that considers women as both workers and consumers.

The series of papers titled The gender dividend, examines successful models for investing in women. The first installment, Ma…

Simpler Path to 2010 Census Data - Eventually

The press release reads:

The U.S. Census Bureau debuts a reinvented American FactFinder today, making online access to 2010 Census data -- and many more statistics -- easier than ever.

The new American FactFinder offers a fresh look, new tools and easier access to a wide range of Census Bureau statistics. Online today, you will find population estimates for 2008 and earlier years and findings from the 2000 Census. When fully implemented, the new FactFinder is projected to have about 250 billion data cells in more than 40,000 tables.


BUT...the note attached to the notification also said: "Please note that very limited data are currently available on this system."

Several paragraphs down:

Users should note that American Community Survey, 2007 Economic Census and other economic survey data are not in the new version of American FactFinder at the present. These data sets can be accessed from the American FactFinder homepage and will be loaded to the new American FactFinder du…

IRS 2011 Tax Season Deadline Extended to April 18

Also, Taxpayers Impacted by Recent Tax Breaks Can File Starting in Mid- to Late February

The Internal Revenue Service announced taxpayers will have until Monday, April 18 to file their 2010 tax returns and pay any tax due because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Friday, April 15. By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have three extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their 2010 tax returns...

The IRS also reminded tax professionals preparing returns for a fee that this is the first year that they must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Tax return preparers should register immediately using the new PTIN sign-up system available through www.IRS.gov/taxpros.

Who Must Wait to File

For most taxpayers, the 2011 tax filing season starts on schedule. However, tax law changes enacted b…

IRS Tax Calendar for Small Business and the Self-Employed

The James J. Hill Reference Library has once again provided us with a useful resource for small businesses. The 2011 IRS Tax Calender for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed is a 12-month calender with day-to-day instructions on what needs to be done when in regards to business taxes. The "Game Plan for Success" can be printed out in calender form either month-by-month or in the traditional calender layout to remind a business owner when to do what. Each month also highlights a tax topic related to small business; for instance, “Preparation and Setting Up" for January, or “Tips on Wage Reporting” for December. In addition, the calendar also provides Tips for Business Success, a list of Forms and Publications, and a list of online resources and tools available for small businesses.

United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database

UN COMTRADE is the pseudonym for United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database. Over 170 reporter countries provide the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) with their annual international trade statistics data detailed by commodities and partner countries. These data are subsequently transformed into the United Nations Statistics Division standard format with consistent coding and valuation using the UN/OECD CoprA internal processing system.

The UN COMTRADE is the largest depository of international trade data. It contains well over 1.7 billion data records for 45 years and is available on the internet!

All commodity values are converted from national currency into US dollars using exchange rates supplied by the reporter countries, or derived from monthly market rates and volume of trade. Quantities, when provided with the reporter country data and when possible, are converted into metric units. Commodities are reported in the current classification and revision (HS2002 in …

Former RN Librarian Amy Peker New Castleton PL Director

Castleton Library names new director

Amy Lynn Peker will take the reigns of the Castleton Library beginning January 18, 2011. Amy earned a MS in Information Studies with a concentration in library and information services from the State University of New York, at Albany...[She] worked as an Information Specialist with the NYS Small Business Development Center.

Congratulations, Amy!

Backed by Jobs Act, SBA lending in Last Quarter Set Records

Following is the full statement from SBA Administrator Karen Mills:
“In just three months since the Small Business Jobs Act was signed into law, SBA supported more than $12 billion in lending to small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. SBA is on the front lines with small business owners and our lending partners every single day. I’m very proud that as a result of those close relationships and partnerships we were able to quickly put this significant amount of capital into the hands of our nation’s largest job creation engine.

“The loan enhancements of higher guarantees and reduced fees first implemented as part of the Recovery Act have been a vital resource for tens of thousands of small businesses at a critical time when lending markets had dried up. Beginning in February 2009, these loan enhancements engineered a significant turnaround in SBA lending, including driving record-high levels of SBA lending in recent weeks. The end result is that the agency helped put m…