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The Employment Situation in May

June 05, 2015

The economy added 280,000 jobs in May—the strongest month of the year so far—as wages continued to rise and the participation rate ticked upward. We have now added 5.6 million jobs over the past two years, the best two-year job growth since 2000. Although the job market has made considerable progress throughout this recovery, challenges remain for our economy and there is more work to do.

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Behind the Lens: Photographing an American Hero

June 05, 2015

Six years ago — on June 6, 2009 — I photographed Cory Remsburg for the first time.

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Secretary Pritzker Discusses Importance of Travel and Tourism Industry at IPW in Orlando

June 04, 2015

On Monday, Secretary Pritzker traveled to Orlando and spoke at the U.S. Travel Association’s annual IPW event. IPW is the world’s largest travel and tourism trade show dedicated to the sale of U.S. goods and services. During her remarks, she also issued the 2015 Spring Travel Forecast, which showcases America as a premier travel destination with continued international visitation growth through 2020.
 

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Why the President’s Trade Deal Is the Best Ingredient to Empower Women in Business

June 04, 2015

½ lb butter, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, flour, salt, oatmeal, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips. Separate and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
That’s the recipe for freckled oat cookies, and a delicious artifact of my life as an accidental entrepreneur.

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Secretary Pritzker Visits Greentown Labs in Boston, Nation’s Largest Cleantech Incubator

June 04, 2015

Yesterday, Secretary Pritzker visited Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, the nation’s largest cleantech incubator. She participated in a roundtable discussion with its hardware-driven member companies about how to best support U.S. competitiveness in the manufacturing sector. As an incubator, Greentown provides its 47 companies with access to prototyping space, shared machine shop tools, services, education, and the network they need to launch companies quickly.
 

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A Very Presidential Red-tailed Hawk

June 04, 2015

Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the National Audubon Society. You can read the original post here

A young Red-Tailed Hawk perches near its new stomping grounds—the White House. Photo: DJ Patil
Despite its manicured gardens and bruising security detail, the White House is wilder than you’d think. Over the centuries it has served as the temporary residence of not just every president since John Adams (the Clinton years were especially untamed) but also birds, raccoons, and even a rogue fox.
The latest visitor? A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.
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SBIR Pulse - 2015 National Conference Special Edition - Commercialization Best Practicies

June 04, 2015

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

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The Ins and Outs of Alternative Financing

June 04, 2015

After the recent financial crisis, traditional banks are more reluctant than ever to fund small businesses. Entrepreneurs need not be discouraged though, as a new trend has emerged in the world of...

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5 Facts You Should Know About the Role Trade Plays on America's Farms and Ranches

June 03, 2015

Today, farmers, ranchers, and rural communities are more prosperous thanks to strong trade agreements. Foreign markets contribute to more than half of total sales for many American agricultural products. The last six years have been the strongest in history for agricultural exports, and agricultural exports now support more than 1 million good-paying American jobs. Without the expanded trade that came with past trade agreements, the agricultural economy and the American economy as a whole would not be as strong as it is today.

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Reflecting on National Foster Care Month and Our Continued Commitment to America’s Foster Youth

June 03, 2015

Last month in Camden, New Jersey, President Obama said, “We can’t guarantee everyone’s success, but we do strive to give everyone an equal shot.” That is a responsibility that must belong to all of us, and a commitment we must all share, especially for our most vulnerable citizens.

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