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How Local Government Can Help

REGULATIONS
Streamline new and existing regulations on behalf of small business; act as 
guides through the licensing and regulatory process.

FOREIGN TRADE
Arrange education and training seminars, counsel business on overseas markets, 
and offer export finance assistance.

TECHNOLOGY
Provide access to new information technology, the latest research and 
development, training techniques, and management knowhow to boost productivity 
and quality.

FINANCE
Offer small businesses low-cost money, tax-exempt financing, and tax 
abatements. Enterprise zones give steep tax breaks in return for locating in 
depressed areas.

TRAINING & RECRUITING
Help train less skilled and undereducated workers; connect employee-hungry 
companies with would-be workers.

MANAGEMENT
Act as a management information clearinghouse, helping budding entrepreneurs 
learn how to create a balance sheet, meet a payroll, price a product, or figure 
out how much to spend on marketing.

INFORMATION
Offer everything from competitive intelligence to trademark databases. State 
and local governments are putting more data and information online.

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK


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