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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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A Nation of Immigrants and Entrepreneurs

Wed, 2013-08-07 13:52

Across the United States, immigrants are starting and building successful businesses that create good American jobs and promote our country’s economic growth. These businesses form the fabric of our communities, and are part of our uniquely American heritage as a nation of immigrants and innovators.
To accelerate our nation’s economic momentum, we need an immigration system that works for America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners--a system that allows us to leverage the creativity and diversity of immigrant entrepreneurs to better compete in the global economy.

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Commerce Department Data Show U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports Contributed $87.1 Billion to U.S. Economy in First Six Months of 2013

Wed, 2013-08-07 12:43

The U.S.
Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration announced new data
today that shows spending by international visitors to the United States in June
2013 totaled $14.6 billion, an increase of 5 percent when compared to June 2012.
 International visitors have spent an estimated $87.1 billion on U.S. travel and
tourism-related goods and services year-to-date in 2013 (January through June),
an increase of 7 percent when compared to the same period last
Purchases of

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Opening Up A Second Franchise Location

Wed, 2013-08-07 09:26

Some people who are interested in becoming owners of a franchise business enthusiastically bring up the fact that they’d like to open more than one franchise.
Let’s find out what’s involved.
Choosing and Investigating a Franchise
First off, you have to choose, investigate and buy the right franchise. Once you do that, you can start thinking about opening your second one. So, let’s start at the beginning.
1.      Do you thoroughly understand the franchise business model,* including how and why it works so well?

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Secretary Pritzker Speaks with More Than 100 CEOs in Her First Five Weeks

Tue, 2013-08-06 14:30

In Secretary Pritzker’s first five weeks as Secretary of
Commerce, she has met with or spoken to more than 100 CEOs and
entrepreneurs. Since assuming the office of secretary, she has
prioritized meeting and speaking with representatives of the business community
to hear directly from them about how she can serve as a bridge to the business

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Next Steps in Implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplace

Tue, 2013-08-06 12:53

NOTE: This blog is by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and first appeared at on August 5. This blog includes information about the new call center specifically to serve small businesses with 50 or fewer employees interested in the SHOP Marketplace.  For more information, call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY users: 1-800-706-7915) from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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New Census Bureau Interactive Map Shows Languages Spoken in America

Tue, 2013-08-06 11:42

Spanish, Chinese Top Non-English Languages Spoken; Most of Population is English ProficientThe U.S. Census Bureau today released an interactive, online map pinpointing the wide array of languages spoken in homes across the nation, along with a detailed report on rates of English proficiency and the growing number of speakers of other languages.The 2011 Language Mapper shows where people speaking specific languages other than English live, with dots representing how many people speak each of 15 different languages.

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Incentives to Support Adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework

Tue, 2013-08-06 11:04

Guest post by Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator. Cross-post from Whitehouse.govThe systems that run our nation’s
critical infrastructure such as the electric grid, our drinking water,
our trains, and other transportation are increasingly networked. As with
any networked system, these systems are potentially vulnerable to a
wide range of threats, and protecting this critical infrastructure from
cyber threats is among our highest security priorities. That is why,

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