Today is International Youth Day – so what better way to celebrate than to talk about the incredible potential of our young entrepreneurs? In 2012, young entrepreneurs ages 20-34 comprised more than a quarter of the total new entrepreneurship activity in the United States (according to the Kauffman Foundation). That was 26 percent of first-time entrepreneurial efforts being led by the youngest age bracket.
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
recently announced that she will lead her first business development mission to
Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico from November 18-22, 2013. This mission will
promote U.S. exports to Mexico by helping export-ready U.S. companies
launch or increase their business in a number of key industry sectors,
including: advanced manufacturing, information and communications
technology, and health IT and medical devices.
Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker wrapped up the
third leg of her nationwide listening tour, during which she is traveling
across the country to meet with businesses and thought leaders, entrepreneurs,
academics and Department of Commerce employees. While in Nashville, Tenn. and
Pella and Des Moines, IA, she heard from various groups and industry
representatives about their priorities, concerns and ideas on how the public
and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create
Secretary Pritzker visited Des Moines, Iowa, today as part of her overall listening tour to hear directly from business leaders on how the public and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create American jobs. While in Des Moines, Secretary Pritzker met with local business leaders on the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which is key to the country’s economic growth. Commonsense immigration reform will reduce the deficit and grow the economy. In fact, the Senate-passed bill would grow the economy by 5.4 percent over the next two decades and increase lRead More
Today, Secretary Pritzker toured the Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa. Her second stop in Iowa, the visit, which is part of her nationwide listening tour, gave her an opportunity to learn how the 65-year-old manufacturing company has innovated to stay successful and competitive in the 21st century economy. The Vermeer Corporation, one of the largest employers in Pella, is a family-owned and managed U.S.Read More
Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) issued its updated Atlantic hurricane season outlook today saying the season is shaping up to be above normal with the possibility that it could be very active.Read More
Guest blog post by Mary Andringa, President & CEO of
Today, as part of her nationwide listening tour, Secretary
Penny Pritzker toured Loud Recording Studios with Cary Sherman, Chairman and
CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Jim Catino,
Vice President of A&R for Sony Music Nashville. The music industry is a
vibrant part of Nashville’s economy and the American economy as a whole. In
fact, entertainment, literary and artistic originals contributed $74 billion to
the U.S. economy last year, according to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of
Secretary Penny Pritzker continued her successful nationwide listening tour with a
stop at the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, Tenn. This was her first
stop in “Music City, USA” and provided her with an opportunity to hear how the
center supports business start-ups and job growth
Across the United States, immigrants are starting and building successful businesses that create good American jobs and promote our country’s economic growth. These businesses form the fabric of our communities, and are part of our uniquely American heritage as a nation of immigrants and innovators.
To accelerate our nation’s economic momentum, we need an immigration system that works for America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners--a system that allows us to leverage the creativity and diversity of immigrant entrepreneurs to better compete in the global economy.