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Small Business Exporting – Insights from National Small Business Week

Wed, 2013-08-14 07:37

“When you – as a small business – export, you strengthen our economy back here at home and help create real jobs for real people.” –Cory Simkek, Director, USEAC (Dept. of Commerce) St. Louis, MO
This year, small businesses across the country were celebrated during the 50th National Small Business Week, an annual event acknowledging the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs. Of the many topics discussed during the sessions, expert panels and Google + Hangouts, insights about exporting abounded during the daily “Growing and Going Global” panels.

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5 Ways to Help Young Entrepreneurs Finance Their Business Ideas

Mon, 2013-08-12 07:32

Today is International Youth Day – so what better way to celebrate than to talk about the incredible potential of our young entrepreneurs? In 2012, young entrepreneurs ages 20-34 comprised more than a quarter of the total new entrepreneurship activity in the United States (according to the Kauffman Foundation). That was 26 percent of first-time entrepreneurial efforts being led by the youngest age bracket.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Announces First Business Development Mission to Mexico

Fri, 2013-08-09 14:00

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
recently announced that she will lead her first business development mission to
Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico from November 18-22, 2013. This mission will
promote U.S. exports to Mexico by helping export-ready U.S. companies
launch or increase their business in a number of key industry sectors,
including: advanced manufacturing, information and communications
technology, and health IT and medical devices.

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Secretary Pritzker Completes Third Leg of National Listening Tour

Thu, 2013-08-08 20:00

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker wrapped up the
third leg of her nationwide listening tour, during which she is traveling
across the country to meet with businesses and thought leaders, entrepreneurs,
academics and Department of Commerce employees. While in Nashville, Tenn. and
Pella and Des Moines, IA, she heard from various groups and industry
representatives about their priorities, concerns and ideas on how the public
and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create

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Secretary Pritzker Discusses Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform in Iowa

Thu, 2013-08-08 18:41

Secretary Pritzker visited Des Moines, Iowa, today as part of her overall listening tour to hear directly from business leaders on how the public and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create American jobs. While in Des Moines,  Secretary Pritzker met with local business leaders on the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which is key to the country’s economic growth. Commonsense immigration reform will reduce the deficit and grow the economy. In fact, the Senate-passed bill would grow the economy by 5.4 percent over the next two decades and increase l

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Secretary Pritzker Tours Manufacturing Company, Vermeer Corporation, in Iowa

Thu, 2013-08-08 15:29

Today, Secretary Pritzker toured the Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa. Her second stop in Iowa, the visit, which is part of her nationwide listening tour, gave her an opportunity to learn how the 65-year-old manufacturing company has innovated to stay successful and competitive in the 21st century economy. The Vermeer Corporation, one of the largest employers in Pella, is a family-owned and managed U.S.

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NOAA: Atlantic Hurricane Season on Track to Be Above-Normal

Thu, 2013-08-08 14:15

Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) issued its updated Atlantic hurricane season outlook today saying the season is shaping up to be above normal with the possibility that it could be very active.

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Vermeer Corporation Welcomes Secretary Pritzker to Pella, Iowa Manufacturing Facility

Thu, 2013-08-08 10:30

Guest blog post by Mary Andringa, President & CEO of
Vermeer Corporation

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Secretary Pritzker Tours Loud Recording Studios and Speaks With Music and Entertainment Industry Leaders

Wed, 2013-08-07 16:45

Today, as part of her nationwide listening tour, Secretary
Penny Pritzker toured Loud Recording Studios with Cary Sherman, Chairman and
CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Jim Catino,
Vice President of A&R for Sony Music Nashville. The music industry is a
vibrant part of Nashville’s economy and the American economy as a whole. In
fact, entertainment, literary and artistic originals contributed $74 billion to
the U.S. economy last year, according to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of
Economic Analysis.

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Secretary Pritzker Tours Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Wed, 2013-08-07 14:55

Secretary Penny Pritzker continued her successful nationwide listening tour with a
stop at the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, Tenn. This was her first
stop in “Music City, USA” and provided her with an opportunity to hear how the
center supports business start-ups and job growth

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