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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