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Energy House in Delaware Is Retraining and Giving Former Auto Workers a Leg Up in the Job Market

Thu, 2012-09-20 16:45

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentAn impressive new training facility opened this spring at Delaware Technical and Community College’s campus in Georgetown and is expected to retrain former auto workers for new jobs in the emerging green sector. Energy House, designed to resemble an actual residence, serves as an educational lab where these workers can get a new start by learning about innovative energy-efficient technologies and renewable materials.

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Should I Apply For A Small Business Credit Card?

Thu, 2012-09-20 12:38

A small business credit card should always be the credit card you use when making business purchases. Transactions such as paying for gas in a company car, buying office supplies or taking clients out for lunch are all acceptable ways to use a small business credit card.
When it comes to personal credit cards, you should not use them for business expenses. This can potentially jeopardize the protection of the corporate veil because you are co-mingling funds. Did you know corporate veil piercing is the top litigated issue in corporate law today?

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NOAA Announces $4.5 Million in Environmental Literacy Grants to Support K-12 Science Education and Stewardship Projects

Thu, 2012-09-20 10:30

Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday that it is awarding eight new education grants to
enhance science education activities in classrooms, aquariums, museums and
other institutions across America. These awards support six unique, multi-year projects and will share $4.5 million in grants from the
NOAA Office of Education’s Environmental Literacy Grants Program. Projects are designed to increase stewardship
and informed decision-making within a diverse pool of educators, students and

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How to Influence Your Customers’ Pre-Purchase Research

Thu, 2012-09-20 07:24

When it comes to purchasing products as consumers, our buying behavior typically falls into two buckets:
1. Impulse purchases (e.g., that garment that caught your eye at the store)
2. Planned purchases (TVs, cars, cell phones, tablets, vacations, home renovations, etc.)
 The key difference between these two purchasing models is the length of the sales cycle – and it’s an important distinction for business owners to know. Why?

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Acting Secretary Blank Announces Grants to Establish Proof of Concept Centers for Emerging Technologies

Wed, 2012-09-19 18:15

Today, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank visited the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. today, where she announced the winners of the third round of the i6 Challenge, a national competition to advance American innovation, foster entrepreneurship, increase the commercialization of ideas into viable companies, and create jobs.

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How to Handle When Employees Are Called to Active Military Duty

Wed, 2012-09-19 09:05

Do you have a military veteran, reservist or National Guard service member on your books? If so, it’s a good idea to be aware of what the law requires when it comes to handling employees who may be called to active duty – whether to a war or disaster zone.
Here’s what you need to know:
Know How the Law Protects Employee Rights

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ITA: Metro Exports Driving Economic Growth

Tue, 2012-09-18 14:30

Ed. note: Cross-posted from ITA's Tradeology

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Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Implements Most Provisions of the America Invents Act

Tue, 2012-09-18 13:30

The most significant reform to the U.S. patent system in more than a century is a major step forward as numerous provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 are now in effect. The new rules will spur innovation and economic growth by streamlining the patent application process and introducing new procedures to ensure patent quality. Seven reforms to U.S.

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Un país forjado sobre la diversidad brinda una economía perdurable

Tue, 2012-09-18 12:15

Desde su fundación, millones de personas han arribado a los Estados Unidos con la visión de alcanzar un futuro mejor para ellas y sus familias. La historia de los Estados Unidos tiene sus raíces en la travesía de todas esas personas. El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana nos brinda la oportunidad de no sólo reconocer las enormes aportaciones que los hispanoamericanos han hecho a este país, sino también de cerciorarnos de que existan políticas y programas adecuados que aseguren que dichas aportaciones continúen.

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Traditional Marketing Still Rules

Tue, 2012-09-18 11:39

Have you all but given up on publicizing your small business to newspapers, TV, magazines and radio, instead focusing all your efforts on social media marketing? You could be making a big mistake. A study done this summer showed that despite the prevalence of social media, blogs and websites, Americans still find traditional media the most trustworthy source of information. Here’s what you need to know to get publicity in traditional media.

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