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Chart of the Week: What It Takes to Start a Business in America

June 11, 2015

When it comes to ease of doing business, America is top 10 in the world. But when it comes to starting a business, we’re ranked 46th.
For a country that the most creative, productive, and innovative entrepreneurs call home, this shouldn’t be the case. So why is it so challenging to launch a startup here?  
Every entrepreneur or small business owner faces some red tape when starting or expanding a business, such as:

Setting up a legal business structure

Understanding zoning laws and licensing requirements

Acquiring licenses and permits

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My Day One: Nuestra Familia (Our Family)

June 11, 2015

June marks Immigrant Heritage Month -- and people across the country are sharing their American stories. Whether you've recently embarked on your first day as an American or want to share how your ancestors came to arrive here, we want to hear from you. Add your voice to the conversation today.

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Invest In Your “Healthy Self” (and Post a #HealthySelfie While You’re At It)

June 11, 2015

Today, the Obama administration is launching the “Healthy Self” campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles and connect people to the coverage and care they need. But first let us tell you about Alicia. A wife and mother of two from Houston, Alicia knows how important her health is, not only for her, but for the people she loves. As she describes it, “When mom gets sick, the whole family feels it.”

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SBIR Pulse - 2015 National Conference Special Edition - Enhancing Innovation Ecosystems Panel Session

June 11, 2015

The 2015 SBIR/STTR National Conference is just around the corner – June 15 to 17 at the Gaylord Conference...

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Tips for Building an LGBT-Inclusive Workplace

June 11, 2015

Every June, we celebrate LGBT Pride month. As a small business owner, you can show your support by implementing these best practices for an LGBT-inclusive work environment. Creating a safe space...

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Payroll Concerns for Remote Employees

June 11, 2015

For a number of years I worked as an offsite employee for a New Jersey company. I was in New York, and later in Florida. I never had a desk at the company so I worked from home. This telecommuting...

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Export Success Series: Exporting Education to El Salvador

June 10, 2015

Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) recently recruited international students from El Salvador to their rural Iowa campus with the help of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Indian Hills, ranked in the top 10% of all community colleges in the nation since 2011 by the Aspen Institute, expressed the need to connect with international partners in an affordable and reliable way. IHCC features various studies relating to diversity—and aims to place international students from a variety of countries on their own campus.

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My Day One: From the Streets of Lahore to the Heart of Texas

June 10, 2015

June marks Immigrant Heritage Month -- and people across the country are sharing their American stories. Whether you've recently embarked on your first day as an American or want to share how your ancestors came to arrive here, we want to hear from you. Add your voice to the conversation today.

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The Discovery and Commercialization Economy - At The Crossroads of Innovation Ecosystems in American Urban Centers

June 10, 2015

Today, Columbia University and the Department of Commerce along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosted over 800 people in Upper Manhattan to talk about the startup engine that helps fire...

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The First Lady Celebrates the Class of 2015

June 09, 2015

Tonight the First Lady delivered her final commencement address of the season at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School (King College Prep) in Chicago, IL. In addition to this commencement, this spring Mrs. Obama celebrated the graduates at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL, and Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH as a way to shine a spotlight on students who have gone above and beyond to reach higher, and help others do the same.
Check out below for highlights of the First Lady’s 2015 commencements.
Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Alabama

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