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Branson plans launch of Virgin internet bank

* Richard Wachman
* The Observer, Sunday 17 May 2009

Richard Branson is to launch an internet bank in a move designed to exploit public disgust with Britain’s big banks in the wake of the credit crunch.

Branson follows Tesco, which is also planning to capitalise on disenchantment with traditional banking via a big push into financial services.

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National Small Business Week – May 17 – 23, 2009

Webcasts can be seen on their website on May 18 and 19 – it is supposed to include some of the forums being hosted at the event which are probably informative – if they aren’t, email them and tell them the kinds of information that would’ve been a whole lot more helpful –

Event Registration Prices

Registration for all events but the Forums is now closed. If you are registered to attend the events, you may pick up your badge at registration starting Sunday May 17 at 3 pm.

Registration is now closed.

Cancellation Policy

We will be webcasting all of the Award Events and Forums!
Visit our Website May 18th & May 19th to view the Webcasts!



Small Business Resources

SBA’s Small Business Training Network

A virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise. The Training Network makes SBA’s business management resources available 24/7. http://www.sba.gov/training/

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

Provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a variety of information and guidance in central and accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. http://www.sba.gov/sbdc/aboutus.html


A nationwide network of small business counselors composed of a cadre of nearly 10,500 volunteer business men and women in 389 chapters nationwide. SCORE is a unique federal government resource that utilizes volunteers, both working and retired, with expertise to advise small businesses, lead business seminars, and coach entrepreneurs online. A resource partner of the SBA for more than 40 years, SCORE has helped more than 7 million businesses succeed and stay active in the local and national small business marketplace. http://www.score.org

Get free, confidential business advice from a business expert via email. To visit the SCORE.org web site and use this tool, just follow this link: http://www.score.org/index.html

Women’s Business Centers

Represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers providing business assistance, counseling, mentoring, training in finance, management, marketing, procurement and the Internet, as well as access to the SBA’s programs and services. They also offer specialized assistance in topics such as home-based businesses, corporate executive downsizing and welfare-to-work
Click here to download (pdf)

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)

A bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The council’s mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support woman business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector. http://www.nwbc.gov

Youth Entrepreneurship

Introduces young entrepreneurs to the concept of small business ownership as a viable career choice by helping them shape their dreams of entrepreneurship. SBA’s specialized teen Web sites feature the fundamentals of starting a small business. http://www.sba.gov/teens/ and www.mindyourownbiz.org (Joint with Junior Achievement)

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs)

Provide export information and development assistance to help small businesses take advantage of export markets, including trade counseling, training, legal assistance and publications.

White House

Small Business Administration

The Government’s Small Business Web Portal

The Government’s Official Web Portal

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Internal Revenue Service

International Trade Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Learn About Government Contracting Opportunities

Selling products and/or services to the federal government is a powerful way to expand business opportunities. Learn about contracting opportunities with the government. Take SBA’s free online course: Business Opportunities: A Guide to Winning Federal Contracts

Financial Assistance

SBA offers numerous financial assistance programs to help small firms raise capital. Learn more about SBA’s loan guaranty and other financial assistance programs.

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