Guest blog post by U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert M. GrovesOn
April 2, 2012 the Census Bureau did something unique, a once-in-a-decade action.
Throughout all other times, we focus on keeping confidential the social and
economic data that households and businesses provide us. Once every
decade we release the individual records of a 72-year-old census. This
year it was the 1940 Census.
Approaching that day, the buzz in the genealogy world was deafening; they have
been waiting 10 years to fill in their family trees, to learn new things about
Are you a contractor bidding on work that requires a surety bond? Do you have questions about what a surety bond is, why you might need one, and how to get one?
If so, SBA may be able to help.
SBA guarantees surety bonds for small contractors that might not qualify otherwise – and the process of getting the guarantee is easier and faster than you might think. For example, SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees usually reviews applications for bonds within two days, processing claims in just nine days.
Because of a quirk with a local holiday in the District of Columbia, April 17th is the deadline to file your 2011 small business taxes this year. Whether you use the services of an accountant or file your own taxes, there are still some things you can do to ensure you file properly, avoid audits, and claim the right tax deductions.
Keep Good Records
Commerce Secretary John Bryson today concluded his five-day business
development mission in Mumbai, the commercial center of India. Today’s visit
focused on promoting tourism for Indian citizens who want to visit America, as
well as exploring opportunities for U.S. companies to promote their
technologies and services in India’s rapidly expanding infrastructure sector to
support job creation in both countries.
Guest blog post by Jennifer Devlin, Managing Principal, EHDD ED Note: EHDD is a San Francisco based architecture and planning firm that pioneered green building in California.Read More
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which
highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
president's vision of an America Built to Last.As Senior Adviser to the Deputy Secretary, I support
accomplishment of the mission of all of our operating units. My job requires a combination of problem-solving, coordinating across bureaus and offices, and connecting people to the
resources they need to successfully deliver results to the American people.
Growing up in my family, summer jobs were a requirement! One of my best memories is the summer I worked as a bookkeeper in a local accountant’s office. I felt such pride in going to work every day and earning my own paycheck. More importantly, though, the skills I learned from Mr. Henderson – time management, critical thinking, and effective communication – have served me well throughout my career.Read More
Commerce Secretary Bryson was in Mumbai today, the third
and final city in his business development mission to India. In addition
to exploring opportunities for the 16 U.S. businesses on the mission to
promote their technologies and services in India’s rapidly expanding
infrastructure sector, the visit focused on the president’s SelectUSA initiative.In the morning, Secretary
Bryson and the delegates toured a new terminal being constructed at
Mumbai International Airport and met with airport management. Several
Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Matt ErskineWhen a natural disaster hits a community—whether it is a flood, a tornado, or any other kind of disaster—it does more than wreak havoc on homes and personal lives. It also has devastating, long-term effects on the economic life of those communities, destroying vital infrastructure, such as public utilities, transportation links, and communications systems on which businesses depend.I’m happy to announce today that the U.S.Read More
Are you writing a business plan? Planning to expand into new markets?
Then it’s worth knowing that Uncle Sam offers access to free data that can help you understand your market and analyze consumer trends and demographics. In fact, the federal government is the largest producer of data in the U.S. with numerous offices dedicated to collecting, analyzing and providing free access to their findings – good news for budget-conscious small business owners.
Here are five government sources of market data and statistics that may boost your market research efforts: