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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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My Letter to the President:

Thu, 2015-08-20 11:30

Today, the White House is launching a new Tumblr account called "Letters to President Obama," where we'll highlight letters that Americans have written to the President. Follow along here.

Earlier this morning, Natoma Canfield — a cancer survivor from Ohio — sent the following message to the White House email list, sharing what happened when she wrote the President a letter encouraging him to "stay focused" in his efforts to reform America's health care system.

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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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The Next Big Idea: Supporting Startups Across America

Wed, 2015-08-19 10:36

Whether it’s a garage, a basement, a dorm room, or—if you’re like me—a kitchen, a great idea can ignite just about anywhere. In America, those small sparks of innovation have defined who we are as people—creators, risk-takers, and boundary-breakers who know our unwavering commitment to a single dream can significantly reshape our reality.

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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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Here's How Pittsburgh Took Action Through a Local and Federal Partnership to Make Lives Better:

Tue, 2015-08-18 11:20

In December of 2013, President Obama brought a coalition of new mayors from across the country together to develop plans for America’s progress and growth based on federal-local partnerships. The President’s commitment to removing barriers in Washington has given mayors like me the tools and resources necessary to create a better economic environment in cities throughout the country. In the face of gridlock, mayors across the country are working hard to get things done. 

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