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Fri, 2012-02-24 14:00

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which
highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
president's vision of an America Built to Last.I am currently Director of the Office of Budget at the
Department of Commerce. That means I am the principal adviser to the Chief
Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration and other
Department officials on all things related to the planning, formulation, execution
and defense of the Department’s budget.

Fri, 2012-02-24 13:30

Prior to President Obama attending the Democratic
Governors Association Meeting, Secretary John Bryson addressed the assembled
governors to discuss how the Commerce Department is working across the federal
government to make every federal tool available to promote “insourcing” by U.S.
companies and to attract more foreign direct investment.

Fri, 2012-02-24 12:20

When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?

Fri, 2012-02-24 10:37

The U.S. Census Bureau yesterday
released five data products that show many facets of educational attainment
across the nation and present statistics on the levels of education achieved by
various demographic characteristics. In March 2011, for the first time ever,
more than 30 percent of U.S. adults 25 and older had at least a bachelor's
degree, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. As recently as 1998, fewer than
one-quarter of people this age had this level of education. In addition,

Fri, 2012-02-24 10:30

Guest blog post by David A. Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency Supporting the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses is a priority for the Department of Commerce and the Obama administration. And we’re making good on that priority. Last year, the Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) registered the best annual performance in its 41-year history. It assisted minority-owned businesses in gaining access to nearly $4 billion in contracts and capital, supporting the creation of nearly 6,000 much-needed jobs.

Thu, 2012-02-23 15:45

Today, Secretary John Bryson joined National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz for the unveiling of an online “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” (PDF) at an event at the White House. The Secretary spoke about the need to protect consumers and encourage the growth of responsible online commerce.As Secretary Bryson pointed out, millions of Americans shop, sell, bank, learn, talk and work online.

Thu, 2012-02-23 14:15

As
the president said when he launched the Campaign
to Cut Waste in June 2011, “No amount of waste is acceptable, not when it’s
your money. Just as families are living within their means, government should,
too, so we can invest in the things that we know will create good jobs and grow
the economy.” As part of those ongoing efforts to make government more
accountable to the American people and cut wasteful spending, I am happy to
report today that the Commerce Department has awarded a contract for computers

Thu, 2012-02-23 11:30

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on
Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department

Thu, 2012-02-23 07:45

Social coupon sites have been around for a few years now, and they still continue to attract and perplex small business owners. Companies such as Groupon, Living Social and EverSave have created a marketing phenomenon, delivering huge benefits to consumers – but not always delivering the return on investment that businesses might have expected.
If you’re exploring the use of social coupons, here are some tips for assessing whether they will work for your business and how to plan a successful campaign.
What Can Social Coupons Do for Your Small Business?

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:08

Every year, the President honors small businesses and champions of small businesses for their outstanding contributions during National Small Business Week(NSBW). This year, SBA is proud to announce the addition of three awards to honor resource partner staff and volunteer to NSBW. These are the, SBA Counselor of the Year: Small Business Development Center, SBA Counselor of the Year: Women’s Business Center and SBA Counselor of the Year: SCORE.

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