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Spotlight on Commerce: Eric K. Lin, Chief, Materials Science and Engineering Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

May 25, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda

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NIST Forensic Scientist Helps Vietnamese Counterparts Identify Wartime Remains

May 25, 2016

This week, President  Barack Obama paid an historic visit to Vietnam to celebrate the Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries and to advance their shared vision for the future.
Further deepening this long-lasting partnership,  Mike Coble, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and an expert in forensic DNA analysis, recently stepped away from his research at NIST to travel to Vietnam  and present the latest methods to Vietnamese scientists in identifying the remains of those killed in war.

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2016 Sector-Specific Reports Provide U.S. Companies with Latest Assessment of Export Opportunities

May 25, 2016

The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration 
Yesterday,  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker released the second set of Top Markets Reports that provides the latest assessment of export opportunities for U.S. companies in 19 sectors. The Top Markets series is a collection of 19 sector-specific reports that are designed to help U.S. exporters compare markets across borders, using market intelligence and data to inform decision-making.

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President Obama Is Returning to Elkhart

May 24, 2016

Email from President Obama: Elkhart

This evening, President Obama wrote the below message to the White House email list to announce his trip to Elkhart, Indiana on Wednesday, June 1st and reflect on the economic progress we've made in both Elkhart and across the country since he originally visited there in the first weeks of his presidency.

If you didn't get the email, make sure to sign up for updates -- and check back right here for updates on President Obama's trip to Elkhart.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Archana Sahgal, Director, Office of Advisory Committees and Industry Outreach

May 24, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda
My parents immigrated to Los Angeles from India in the 1970s as another example of people in search of more opportunity and a better life for their family; they left their community, family, and friends in hope for more opportunity and a better life for their children. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to study hard, think critically about current events, and pursue my passion of public service.

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Using Innovative Technology in Planning for the 2020 Census

May 24, 2016

Following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Director's Blog
This week I am visiting Los Angeles County to observe the last phase of the 2016 Census Test, currently underway here in California as well as in Harris County, Texas. Almost 225,000 households in Los Angeles County received a notification from the U.S. Census Bureau by mail 9 weeks ago asking them to complete the 2016 Census Test questionnaire online. Now, census takers are engaged in what we call “nonresponse follow-up” — that is, personally visiting households that did not respond to the census.

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7 Ideas for Marketing to Existing Customers

May 24, 2016

When small business owners think about marketing, they usually think about attracting new customers. But existing customers are equally, if not more, important. A...

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Let the Countdown Begin: 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

May 23, 2016

The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration
Blog post by Felicia Pullam, Director of Outreach for SelectUSA
The countdown to the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit begins today! In four weeks, June 19-21, President Barack Obama will welcome economic developers from across the country and companies from around the world to Washington, D.C. The SelectUSA Summit is the highest profile event to promote job-creating foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Hope Shimabuku, Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

May 23, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda

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Mentor-in-Chief or, "You Really Can Make a Difference"

May 22, 2016

I hope that the time you’ve spent here has given you a sense that you really can make a difference. You can’t transform the world overnight. It’s frustrating. There are setbacks. Progress is incremental. 

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