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For the eighth consecutive year, the Defense Department achieved an “A” rating for performance against its small business procurement goals. Released on July 26, the annual U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) scorecard puts into context the critical role small businesses play in fulfilling the department’s mission.

During a virtual press event announcing the scorecard’s release, Dr. William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, highlighted the contributions of the American workforce and small businesses throughout Fiscal Year 2021 alongside agency heads from the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“Small businesses play a vital role in the American economy, and they are essential to the mission of the Department of Defense, enabling us to develop, deliver and sustain critical capabilities to our Warfighter,” LaPlante said. “DoD achieved our small business prime contracting goal for eight consecutive years. This

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How SEO and Content Marketing Can Transform Your Business

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Mention digital marketing and, within minutes, buzzwords like search engine optimization (SEO) and content marketing will be mentioned. Both are more than buzzwords. They are integral parts of successful digital marketing for most current brands.

Chances are, if you are running a business that uses digital marketing, you are already using both. SEO will drive traffic to your website, while you use content marketing in your blogs and on your social media channels. But here is the question: are both tactics working well together? If not, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to help your brand grow.

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Making sense of the buzz: SEO vs content marketing

Before considering how SEO and content marketing can be combined in your marketing strategy, it is worth clarifying the differences between both tactics. As

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Experts: How Do I Come Up With a Successful Business Idea?

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Marnie Rabinovitch Consky founded Thigh Society, an undergarment brand offering multiuse shorts for women, because she saw an opportunity to innovate in an underserved market.

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Tools for Brokers elevates Sergei Gruzin to head business development

Tools for Brokers, a software developer for FX brokers, has promoted Sergei Gruzin to take on an expanded role as its Head of Business Development Asia.

Sergei, who has originally joined the firm in 2017, will lead the local office, supporting the team and working closely with TFB’s key customers. In his new role, he will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, as well as expanding the company’s presence in the APAC region. The expansion accommodates current client requirements and underpins TFB’s strategy to grow its infrastructure and expands the availability of its product suite in line with local regulations.

The promotion also supports the company’s focus on developing long-term partnerships and strong customer relationships. It also comes as many technology providers seek to fill a gap in the region’s market by facilitating access to its services and infrastructure.

Commenting on his promotion, Sergei Gruzin, said: “I

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Comcast expands services to nine Vermont communities

Pictured L to R: Vermont Comcast Technicians Robert Benjamin and Dylan Perkins.

Vermont Business Magazine Comcast will expand its fast, reliable and fiber-rich network to five new communities – Elmore, Eden, Sudbury, Wardsboro, and Wolcott – and further into four communities it already serves – Hubbardton, Jamaica, Stratton, and Morristown – as part of its latest project to make broadband available to more Vermonters.

This network expansion delivers Comcast’s innovative portfolio of Xfinity and Comcast Business services, including residential broadband speeds up to 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) and business speeds up to 100 Gbps, to more than 2,000 additional residents and businesses in the Green Mountain State.

The process to extend Comcast’s advanced network in these areas is currently underway in Elmore, with plans to continue the expansion into the eight additional communities in the coming months. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of

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