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Thu, 2015-10-08 17:52

At more than 2,300 events across the country, Manufacturing Day 2015 gave tens of thousands of people the opportunity to see firsthand the many benefits modern manufacturing brings to our communities and economy. I was fortunate to see the potential that innovations in manufacturing offer on a more personal level when I spent the day with a group of students from Charlottesville High School as they put their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to very good work.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Gabriela Morales-Richards, Business Development Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency

Thu, 2015-10-08 13:46

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Gabriela Morales-Richards, Business Development Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency

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DMDII Invites Over 50 Students to “Factory of the Future” to Celebrate Manufacturing Day

Thu, 2015-10-08 10:03

Guest blog post by Haley Stevens, Associate Director of Workforce Development and Education Outreach, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS Collaboration, was thrilled to open its doors to over 50 Chicago Public High School students and their teachers to celebrate national Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2015.

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Seasonal Changes Present Ideal Time to Review Emergency Preparedness

Thu, 2015-10-08 05:00

As summer turns to fall, it’s easy to get caught up in seasonal activities like choosing Halloween costumes, picking apples and pumpkins, or for small business, even getting ready for the hustle...

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This is a pretty cool trade deal. Here's why:

Wed, 2015-10-07 19:48

I want to explain to you why I’m on board with the President’s plan for trade.

I was 21, sitting at a desk in my dorm room, scribbling out an idea I had for a business on paper. I had spent months pressure-washing moss off of people's driveways during the day and delivering pizzas at night to raise enough money to create this startup — but had no real idea how I was going to do it.

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Is Your Business Cybersecure? Five Steps to Find Out

Wed, 2015-10-07 17:53

Too often, small businesses don’t consider themselves at risk for a cyberattack. Maybe the business thinks it’s too small, or doesn’t think it carries anything worth stealing. But that’s far from...

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U.S. Census Bureau Seeks Input from Tribal Leaders for 2020 Census

Wed, 2015-10-07 17:18

Today, Census Bureau officials are meeting with representatives from the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes in Minnesota to discuss issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Native communities (AIAN) ahead of the 2020 Census. This is a critical part of our overall communication and outreach efforts directed at ensuring an accurate, cost-effective population count in 2020. I’m excited to collaborate with tribal leaders, and eager to hear their thoughts on how we can better serve their communities.

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NOAA Online Map Update Offers Improved Coastal Observations and Forecasts

Wed, 2015-10-07 14:38

NOAA has upgraded nowCOAST, a GIS-based online map service providing more frequently updated ocean observations along with coastal and marine weather forecasts. The new version, which went live on September 21, also offers a visual point-and-click access to 60 NOAA data products and services. Users can reach the site at

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2016 National Small Business Week Awards: Are you SBA’s Next Winner?

Wed, 2015-10-07 11:59

Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?  If so, submit your nomination today for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards. ...

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Gathering in NYC Highlights Women and Diverse Alternative Asset Managers

Wed, 2015-10-07 11:20

The National Association of Investment Companies hosted its 45th annual meeting October 6 in New York City.  It was one of the largest gatherings of diverse and emerging alternative investors in...

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