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Just Launched: Playlist Showcases 36 SBIR-funded “Games for Learning”

Wed, 2014-10-08 00:00

Note: This blog is co-authored by Javier Saade, Ed Metz, Betty Royster, and Lindsay D'AmbrosioThe Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small...

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Preparing America’s Hospitals, Health Care Facilities, and Health Care Providers for Ebola

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:44

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "CDC Director Blog." See the original post here.
Since the first appearance of Ebola in West Africa earlier this year, CDC has been working to prepare the American health care system for the diagnosis and safe care of a patient with Ebola here on our shores.
We have learned immensely from this first U.S.-diagnosed case and we are implementing additional actions to make sure health care workers and hospitals around the nation are as prepared and informed as possible.

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In Case You Missed It: Why We Can — and Will — Stop Ebola in the U.S.

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:56

By now, most people are aware that the first Ebola case was diagnosed in the U.S. last week, in a person traveling from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. As such, many Americans have grown more concerned about the chances of an Ebola outbreak happening here at home.
In a blog post for CNN last Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explained exactly why we can — and will — stop the disease in the United States, and outlined the "distinct differences in what will happen here":

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Preparing for the 2020 Census: Measuring Race and Ethnicity in America

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:21

Cross blog post by John Thompson, U.S. Census Bureau DirectorThe year 2020 may seem a long way away, but we’re already in full swing preparing for the next decennial census. We held an operations update to announce some of the steps we’re taking to ensure that the 2020 Census provides the highest-quality statistics about our nation’s increasingly changing population, such as how we measure race and ethnicity.One challenge we face is how Americans view race and ethnicity differently than in decades past.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Sara A. Rosario, U.S. Census Bureau

Tue, 2014-10-07 11:45

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last in honor of Hispanic Heritage MonthGuest blog post by Sara A. Rosario
Nieves, U.S. Census BureauAs the Census
Scientific Advisory Committee coordinator, I help determine Census Bureau operations
and programs that need scientific advice. By working with the committee —
established by the Secretary of Commerce as an advisory body to the Census

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MBDA National Director Alejandra Castillo Challenges Young Latina Entrepreneurs to Think Big

Tue, 2014-10-07 11:15

Last week, Alejandra Castillo, the first Hispanic
American woman appointed as the National Director of the Minority Business
Development Agency, participated in a panel discussion at the Latinas Think Big
Innovation Summit at Google’s Mountain View Campus. The
Summit brought together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and
influencers to exchange ideas, address important issues, and connect attendees
to high-caliber networks.

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33 Creative Ideas for Small Business Holiday Marketing

Tue, 2014-10-07 00:00

The holidays are coming, and we all know what that means for retailers. But retailers aren’t the only ones who can get in on the holiday shopping game. Whether you own a store, restaurant, service...

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The President Meets with Senior Staff to Discuss the U.S. Response to Ebola

Mon, 2014-10-06 18:50

Update: October 15, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that two health care workers at Texas Presbyterian Hospital -- who both provided care for an Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas -- have also tested positive for Ebola, and have since been isolated.

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The American Dream Needs a Fair Minimum Wage

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:05

My life is a tribute to the American Dream. My business partner and I started with 300 record albums and a $20 booth at the local farmers market in 1979. Today, Vintage Vinyl is the largest independent music store in the Midwest. We stage 150 in-store concerts a year and are known internationally for recorded music in all forms.
We built our business on wages above the minimum. This has given us devoted long-term employees whose ongoing relationships with customers have been vital to our success.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Efrain Gonzalez, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, BusinessUSA

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:37

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce
and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

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