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SBA and W20 Group Present Webinar on Creating
Social Media Content for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, a cluster of digital communications companies, will present Creating Content and Engaging for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the third topic in the five-topic social media webinar series.  The webinar will help small business owners create content to broaden their reach and market their products using some of the most popular social media tools.

A survey conducted by CompTIA in 2012 found that that benefits of using social networking tools include:

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Self-healing concrete seals its own cracks. By  | November 3, 2012, 1:09 PM PDT

Avoiding stepping on the cracks during casual sidewalk strolls might soon become a whole lot easier.

Researchers at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands have invented a new form of concrete that eliminates cracks by patching them up itself. The concrete mix contains bacteria that, when exposed to water, produces limestone, filling in any unwanted fissures.

The self-healing material contains granules of bacterial spores and calcium lactate, the nutrient the bacteria needs to survive. The spores lie dormant until they’re activated by rainwater that makes its way through the concrete’s cracks. Once the rainwater sets the mix in motion, the bacteria begins to feed on the nutrients to produce calcite, a primary component of limestone, subsequently filling in the concrete’s gaps.

SBA Triples Surety Bond Guarantee Ceiling; Helping Small Businesses Secure Larger Contracts and Grow  

– A major revision in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program more than triples the eligible contract amount, from $2 million to $6.5 million, the Agency will guarantee on surety bonds for both public and private contracts. The higher surety bond guarantee limits are expected to help construction and service sector small businesses gain greater access to private and public contracts and secure larger contracts vital to small business growth.

“These new contract ceilings are one more way we can help small businesses, particularly in the construction and service sectors, compete for and win critical contracting opportunities that help them grow their businesses and create jobs,”