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Portland is PDX, Beervana and Bridgetown

Thu, 2015-08-20 15:08

The SBIR Road Tour continues and the stop in Seattle on August 19 was a great success with entrepreneurs, innovator and capital pools talking about cutting-edge technology and scientific...

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U.S. Minority-Owned Firms Continue to Outpace Growth of Nonminority-Owned Firms

Thu, 2015-08-20 10:29

Earlier this week, the U.S. Census Bureau released preliminary results from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) and minority-owned businesses continue to grow significantly faster than nonminority-owned businesses. The number of minority business enterprises (MBEs) increased 39 percent between 2007 and 2012 from 5.8 million to 8.0 million), or more than three times faster than population growth among minorities. Employment at minority-owned firms increased 33 percent to 7.7 million jobs, while gross receipts were up 53 percent from 2007.

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Choosing a Business Name: 5 Interesting Things to Know

Thu, 2015-08-20 05:00

There’s plenty of advice out there about choosing a business name, such as the need to do a name search in your state, a trademark search, register the name, and other key legal issues.  Those are...

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Missoula Entrepreneurship- Exciting Businesses in an Outdoors Mecca

Wed, 2015-08-19 15:10

Earlier today, I met with business leaders in Montana's "Hub of Five Valleys", a state known for fresh air, wide open spaces and being ranked second in craft breweries per capita.  We had a wide-...

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How My Internship at the USPTO Provided the Necessary Skills for Future Employment

Wed, 2015-08-19 10:28

Guest blog post by Isabel Bolivar, Urban Alliance USPTO Intern
During my senior year of high school, I was presented with an opportunity that not only taught me about professionalism, but also about how to be a better me.  In the fall of 2014, I began my final year at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. As a requirement for graduation, all seniors conduct a research project throughout the school year and present what they have learned after completing 120 documented hours.  This is an intimidating task from the time one walks through the Wakefield doors freshman year.

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Big Sky Country hosts America's Seed Fund

Tue, 2015-08-18 15:49

Montana is blessed with incredibly beautiful landscapes and arresting open spaces which makes it the perfect place to kick off the last leg of the SBIR Road Tour.  SBIR Road Tour is a national...

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From "Invented in America" to "Made in America"

Tue, 2015-08-18 11:38

Note: This post originally appeared on the White House blog. It is authored by Jason Miller, Deputy...

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Flag Raising in Havana, Cuba: My View of a Historic Moment

Tue, 2015-08-18 10:30

Last Friday, I traveled to Havana, Cuba, as part of Secretary John Kerry’s official delegation for the flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy.  I was proud to join other delegation members including Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin and a several members of the House and Senate.

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Buying A Franchise? First Impressions Count

Tue, 2015-08-18 05:00

First impressions. They’re worth so much.
In franchising, the first impression you get when you start to look at a specific franchise opportunity, dictates how far you’ll go with your...

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The Difference Between Benefit Corps and Certified B Corps (And Deciding What’s Right for Your Business)

Mon, 2015-08-17 16:30

Most people start a business with one key objective in mind – making a profit. Yet some companies seek out not only to profit but also to provide a tangible benefit to society and the environment...

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