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NOAA: Busy 2012 Hurricane Season Continues Decades-long High Activity Era in the Atlantic

Thu, 2012-11-29 12:30

Four U.S. land-falling storms include devastating Sandy and IsaacNovember 30 marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three. Based on the combined number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, NOAA classifies the season as above-normal.

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Heroes on the Homefront: New Report Highlights Our Veterans' Contributions as Job Creators

Thu, 2012-11-29 11:48

 
I’m excited to announce the release of a report by the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development called “Heroes on the Homefront: Supporting Veteran Success as Small Business Owners.”  This is the second report of its kind where task force members from seven agencies have come together to collaborate on small business issues that are unique to Veteran business owners.

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4 New SBA Online Tools That Can Take Your Small Business to New Levels

Thu, 2012-11-29 07:08

The old adage “time is money” is perhaps one of the most pertinent statements that you can apply to small business owners. Whether you’re starting a business or managing a growing one, entrepreneurs and business owners wear many hats and have many questions:

What laws and regulations apply to my business?

How do I start to write a business plan?

Where can I get help with X, Y and Z?

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Acting Secretary Blank Launches Doing Business in Africa Campaign

Wed, 2012-11-28 14:00

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced the launch of the “Doing Business in Africa” campaign at an event in Johannesburg, South Africa. This campaign is part of a larger U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, which President Obama issued in June. The “Doing Business in Africa” campaign will promote economic growth, trade and investment in Africa.  In her remarks, the Acting Secretary emphasized the United States’ ongoing commitment to deepening economic ties with these nations.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Timi Vann, NOAA Regional Coordinator

Wed, 2012-11-28 10:00

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 by Timi
Vann, Western Regional

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More Than Just a Seller – How to Start a Business on an Online Marketplace

Wed, 2012-11-28 07:24

Starting a small business enterprise on eBay, Amazon Webstore, Etsy or even Craig’s List has become an increasingly popular option for entrepreneurs looking to get instant visibility and access to a massive online marketplace.  
But how do you go about becoming a serious eBay seller and forming a business around your enterprise?  At what point does your enterprise become more than just a hobby? Will you need to get a business license, incorporate, and pay sales tax?

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Helping to Support Our Troops When They Return Home

Tue, 2012-11-27 12:19

On November 11, we took the time out of our day to thank those who serve and protect our nation.  However, our nation owes it to them to show them our gratitude every day, and provide them with the support they need after what they have given for us. The men and women of our military sacrifice so much for our freedom, and when they return after years of serving, it is a difficult transition for them and their families starting the next chapter in their lives.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Rolena Chuyate, Information Technology Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

Mon, 2012-11-26 13:00

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 Rolena Chuyate, Information Technology Specialist, Administrative and Management Systems Division for the U.S. Census Bureau

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6 Business Tax Credits and Deductions to Take Advantage of Before New Year’s Day

Mon, 2012-11-26 06:57

The end of the year is fast approaching, but there’s still time to take advantage of a variety of business tax credits and deductions – some of which are new for 2012. 
Here are just a few to consider, plus some best practices for maximizing your claims.
Take Advantage of 2012 “Section 179” Deduction Limits

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