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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson Delivers Remarks to Steel Manufacturers Association

Tue, 2012-05-15 17:45

This afternoon, Commerce Secretary Bryson delivered keynote remarks at the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) 2012 Annual Members conference, where he discussed the importance of the steel industry and the Administration’s efforts to support U.S. manufacturers.

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NOAA: April Global Temperatures are Fifth-Warmest

Tue, 2012-05-15 17:30

ends; neutral conditions return over equatorial Pacific Ocean

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US-Colombia Trade Agreement Expands Exporting For Small Business in South America

Tue, 2012-05-15 16:30

Exporting goods to South America just got easier for America’s small businesses. Today, the U.S. – Colombia Trade Agreement goes into effect, opening yet another fast-growing market to goods made in America. This exciting agreement marks a significant development in the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand access to American goods in emerging markets around the world.

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U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Now in Force!

Tue, 2012-05-15 15:00

Ed Note: The following is a cross-post that originally appeared on ITA's blog, "Tradeology."Christopher Blaha is a Senior International Economist within the Office of Trade and Policy Analysis and Julie Anglin is the Colombia Desk Officer within the International Trade Administration. Today more than 80 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Colombia become duty-free as part of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

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Urban Economic Forum Heads to Detroit: Connecting Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses with Tools to Start, Grow & Succeed

Tue, 2012-05-15 13:29

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, SBA and the White House Business Council are heading to Detroit, Michigan for the Urban Economic Forum- connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with business tools and resources. Thursday’s forum will cover topics like SBA guaranteed loans,  government contracting programs and business counseling services.  The Detroit Urban Economic Forum is the seventh in a multi-city series with upcoming forums in Chicago, IL and Columbus, OH.
Speakers for this forum include-

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Franchise Business Resources For Veterans Abound

Tue, 2012-05-15 08:44

If you’re a US military veteran interested in becoming the owner of a franchise, there are thousands of opportunities for you to explore. It’s easy to become a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices. But, it’s not like you have to try to figure everything out on your own. There are a variety of business resources that put all of their focus on you. Let’s look at some of them.
Business Education

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Department of Commerce and Environmental Protection Agency Announce New Initiative to Boost exports and Create Jobs

Mon, 2012-05-14 12:40

Today, at a Technology Market Summit held at American University, Commerce Secretary John Bryson and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson launched an environmental technology initiative to help create American jobs in the growing environmental industry. The Environmental Technologies Export Initiative builds on President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014 and support millions of American jobs.

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Feeling the Squeeze? Here Are 6 Ways to Help Maintain Your Business Margins

Mon, 2012-05-14 07:37

Is the marketplace squeezing your margins? Do your customers have less disposable income to spend? Are market forces making it harder for you to stay profitable?
Making money is a perennial challenge for small business owners, and simply increasing your prices or selling more products or services – often at compromised margins – isn’t always the answer.
So, what sustainable strategies can you use to maintain and grow your margins? There’s no one-size-fits-all silver bullet, but here are some suggestions that might pay off, with your hard work and creativity.

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Summary of Twitter #MFGChat on ESA's Manufacturing Jobs report

Fri, 2012-05-11 16:15

Today @CommerceGov, @EconChiefGov, and @TheMFGInstitute
joined the manufacturing community on Twitter to discuss the Economic and Statistics Administration’s “The Benefits of Manufacturing Jobs” report. #MFGChat is held monthly. Below is a selected transcript of the conversation.
[View the story "Chief Economist Mark Doms and Gardner Carrick of The Manufacturing Institute Twitter Chat on Manufacturing Jobs" on Storify]

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Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar and Buzzcar, Discusses Opportunities to Leverage Excess Capacity for Innovation

Fri, 2012-05-11 10:45

Guest blog post by Nish Acharya, director of the U.S. Commerce Department Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and EntrepreneurshipIn the second of the series of conference calls with national leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship, we had small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and stakeholders join me for an in-depth conference call with Ms. Robin Chase, founder and former CEO of Zipcar, founder and CEO of Buzzcar, and a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).Ms.

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