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4 Ways to Use Google Hangouts in Your Business

Wed, 2013-02-13 16:28

Small business people still seem to be in the process of catching on to Google+, the social network created by Google. Google has made a number of moves to encourage people to use Google+. It has tied in several applications to Google Plus.
One of those applications is Google Hangouts. Hangouts are a type of online group meeting using webcams so that each of the participants can see and hear the others. Think video conference and webinar all rolled up in one.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Dr. Willie May, Associate Director for Laboratory Programs and Principal Deputy, NIST

Wed, 2013-02-13 11:00

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.

Guest blog post by Willie May, Associate Director
for Laboratory Programs and Principal Deputy, National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST)

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Spotlight on Commerce: Tené Dolphin, Chief of Staff, Economic Development Administration

Tue, 2013-02-12 10:40

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. Guest blog post by Tené Dolphin, Chief of Staff, Economic Development AdministrationFebruary is always a special time for our nation to remember the contributions of African Americans, but I never limit my celebration of Black History to just one month.

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Commerce’s USPTO Joins NSF and NBC Network in Launching Educational Series on Innovation

Mon, 2013-02-11 13:43

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn today in launching an 11-part “Science of Innovation” series to
coincide with the 165th birthday of American inventor Thomas Edison.
The program represents the latest intellectual property (IP) education efforts
by the USPTO and serves as a public-private partnership leveraging the best
strengths of federal agencies, industry, and educators to demonstrate the

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Spotlight on Commerce: James Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge

Mon, 2013-02-11 09:00

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.Guest post by James Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark OfficeIt is my privilege to serve as Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I was appointed to the position in May of 2011 by then Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.

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The Bigger Financial Picture – Is it Time to Hire a CFO and Where Should You Look?

Mon, 2013-02-11 07:34

So, your business is growing. While you may or may not have an accountant on hand, what about your bigger financial picture? Is it time to hire a Chief Financial Officer?
More than just a bookkeeper, payroll administrator or keeper of P&L and cash flow statements, a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) can help you plan, model, forecast and make better business decisions. A CFO looks at your business holistically–this includes people, processes and systems–and ensures that together you have accurate financial information to plan for the future.

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Top Ten Reasons SBA is Sweet on Small Business

Fri, 2013-02-08 16:47

It’s February—that time of year filled with candy hearts, boxes of chocolate, and the chance to let the people you love know exactly how you feel.  While Cupid may be busy this Valentine’s day, we at the U.S. Small Business Administration are just as busy making sure that America’s small businesses know how much we care.

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U.S. Recognizes Another Year of Export Growth

Fri, 2013-02-08 14:30

Guest blog post by Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for
International Trade and Mark Doms, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic
AffairsLast year was another record-setting year for U.S. exporters.

Data
released today shows that in 2012, American exports totaled $2.2 trillion, eclipsing
the previous record of $2.1 trillion in exports in 2011.

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New Smart Phone App Lets Public Report Rain, Hail, Sleet and Snow to NOAA

Fri, 2013-02-08 12:15

Public reports will aid weather researchIt’s now easier than ever to be a part of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather research. The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, in
partnership with the University of Oklahoma, has launched a free app for users
to anonymously report precipitation from their Apple or Android mobile device.

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SBA Celebrates Black History Month

Thu, 2013-02-07 14:30

In February, America celebrates and remembers the important milestones highlighted during Black History Month. Throughout our nation’s history, we have been united and inspired by the uniquely American dream that every person, with hard work and dedication, has the potential to achieve remarkable things.

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