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Spotlight on Commerce: Vikrum Aiyer, Special Adviser, USPTO

Tue, 2013-05-28 16:15

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 Vikrum Aiyer, Special Adviser to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, USPTOSome of the most disruptive solutions to the world's most pressing challenges are laid out in applications submitted to our office.

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NOAA: National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 26 — June 1, 2013

Tue, 2013-05-28 11:30

National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and history teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents.

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8 Ways the U.S. Government Can Help You Finance Your Small Business Exports

Tue, 2013-05-28 07:24

Looking to expand into overseas markets?
Whether you are entering the export market, looking to upgrade your equipment or facilities in preparation for exporting, or helping your international buyers do business with you – there’s a U.S. government financing program that can help.

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Obama Administration Announces Make It In America Challenge Accepting Applications Through May 31

Fri, 2013-05-24 11:07

Challenge Focused on Encouraging Businesses to Bring
Production Back to the United States or Expand Domestic
Obama Administration today announced that it is accepting proposals through May
31, 2013, for the Make
it in America Challenge, a $40 million competition funded by multiple
federal agencies that is designed to encourage investment and job creation in
the United States. Up to 15 awards will be made to challenge applicants who put
forth one plan to accelerate job creation by encouraging re-shoring of

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Is Your Business Ready for the next Hurricane Sandy?

Thu, 2013-05-23 17:34

Even before the big storm hits, small businesses start losing money once the severe weather advisories go out. The cost of shutting down, even for a few hours, is a huge expense most small businesses aren’t prepared to cover.
Hurricane Sandy caught most people off guard. The late-season storm brought flooding and power outages that caused billions in losses. The SBA approved more than 3,600 disaster loans for $393 million to businesses affected by Sandy. When you add the home disaster loans made by SBA, more than 35,400 loans were approved for a total of $2.3 billion.

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NOAA Releases Hurricane Predictions for 2013 Season

Thu, 2013-05-23 16:30

NOAA expects an active Atlantic hurricane season, but below-normal Pacific hurricane seasonIn its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

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Digital Government Strategy Brings Big Changes to the Commerce Department

Thu, 2013-05-23 10:00

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy,
an effort by the Administration to transform public-facing government services
in line with 21st century expectations. The Department of Commerce has made some big strides
in providing better information to citizens in a timely manner through multiple
formats and increasing access to services on mobile devices. The goal is to make citizen services and
information available anywhere, anytime, and on any device, and in formats that

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3 Types of Insurance You May Think You Have But Don’t

Thu, 2013-05-23 08:23

Insurance is the backstop for business owners when things go wrong. Things happen, but owners want to be financially protected for the unexpected. The problem is that owners may assume they’re covered for certain events but find out after such events that they were mistaken. Don’t fall into the same trap. Here are three common situations you may assume you’re covered for but may need to make changes to be protected.
Terrorist events

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Grow Your Business This Summer – 7 Marketing Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

Thu, 2013-05-23 07:39

Looking for ideas to incorporate the summer season into your marketing plans this year? Whether it’s a busy or quiet time for your business, here are some things you can do to take advantage of the summer months!
Take Your Business Into the Fresh Air
Don’t wait for your customers to come to you; look for ways to get in front of them. Whether you run a retail store, restaurant or provide a service to customers, consider the following:

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Watch Our World Trade Month Google+ Hangout to Learn about Exporting

Wed, 2013-05-22 16:39

SBA recently hosted a Google+ Hangout to honor World Trade Month. The panel of guests talked about common “rookie mistakes” and listed many resources that can help small businesses get started exporting.
You can watch the Hangout below.  If you have any questions about exporting, you can tweet them using the hashtag #TradeChat.

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