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By the Numbers: #RaiseTheWage

June 23, 2015

Since 2013, President Obama has been calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum hourly wage an employer must pay an employee for work is currently $7.25. While Congress has not moved to increase the federal minimum wage, many states, cities, and business owners have heeded the President’s call to action by raising their minimum wages to well above the federal standard. 

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Expanding the Presidential Scholars Program to Honor Students in Career and Technical Education

June 23, 2015

Members of the 51st class of U.S. Presidential Scholars pose for a picture outside of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, June 22, 2015. (Photo by U.S. Department of Education)

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SBA Launches 'Startup in a Day' Initiative

June 23, 2015

When I started my businesses, it was overwhelming. I had to set up a legal structure, find office space, learn local zoning laws, apply for multiple licenses and permits, and navigate a maze of...

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What Business Plan Type Is Best for Me?

June 23, 2015

Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I say a plan by any other name is still a plan; but many different things get labeled "business plans." 
You'll see that...

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Five Ways the Department of Commerce Supports a Data-Enabled Economy

June 22, 2015

Through its 12 bureaus, the Department of Commerce creates the conditions for economic growth and opportunity on both a domestic and global scale. As the voice of business in the President’s Cabinet, Secretary Pritzker has spearheaded the Department of Commerce’s “Open for Business Agenda” Strategic Plan and focused on five strategic goals: trade and investment, innovation, environment, data and operational excellence.

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Exports Take Flight at the 2015 Paris Air Show

June 22, 2015

Last week, I was honored to represent the Department of Commerce at the 51st International Paris Air Show. The Paris Air Show is the largest in the world, attracting participation from high-level government officials from across the globe, and CEOs from major U.S. and foreign aerospace companies. Every two years, the air show in Paris is the best place to see the latest technologies in the aerospace industry and to meet potential business partners from around the world.

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The Faces of Health Care: Cody F.

June 22, 2015

What has health reform meant to this country? That's a question being answered by millions of Americans every day. Cody is one of them. Read more of their stories here.

"I was nervous every day that during dance, my ankle would break and I wouldn't have money to fix it. ... I now have health insurance (a silver plan) for $54.99 a month."

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Made in America: An Immigrant Love Story

June 22, 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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A Federal First – USPTO’s CIO Hosts DevOps Days DC

June 22, 2015

Increasingly, government agencies are looking to the private sector and enlisting the public’s help in order to optimize efficiency and operating practices. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of the agencies leading the way, by bringing private sector best practices to the government. “Information technology is a team sport where we all succeed or fail together,” says USPTO Chief Information Officer (CIO) John B. Owens.

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The Faces of TAA: How This Program Can Help Change So Many Lives

June 22, 2015

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a program with an obscure name but an important purpose.
The 21st century economy is driven by an ever-changing global marketplace, with new industries redefining consumer demand and reshaping our workforce. That means that, to outcompete other countries, America’s workforce needs all the job training and support needed to tap into new opportunities that the 21st century can present.

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