February 7, 2012 - 12:30pm
Guest blog post by Commerce Assistant Secretary
February 6, 2012 - 5:00pm
Data from the Department of Commerce reveal that minority-owned firms are an engine of job growth and are more likely to export than non-minority-owned firms. These firms account for $1 trillion in gross receipts and employ almost six million Americans. To bolster the economic impact of minority entrepreneurs across the county, the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise (NACMBE) was established in April 2010. Commerce Secretary John Bryson hosted the fifth meeting of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business
February 6, 2012 - 1:45pm
In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out an ambitious goal to train 2 million workers with the necessary skills to land a job. What are those skills in a 21st century economy? As we have written previously in this blog, the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) play a critical role in America’s global economic leadership and are vital to securing the highest quality jobs of the future, to decreasing the gender wage gap, and to ensuring America retains global economic leadership through innovation and technology. STEM & Employment
February 6, 2012 - 12:47pm
As a former government contractor, I know how hard it can be to succeed in federal government procurement. You face challenges every day as a business owner, an employer, and a service provider.
February 6, 2012 - 10:04am
Co-authored by SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development Michael Chodos. We know firsthand how important mentors and counselors can be in helping an entrepreneur succeed in business. Whether that is honest advice from having walked down a similar entrepreneurial path or unbiased feedback on a tough business decision, mentors are important allies for entrepreneurs to have on their side.
February 6, 2012 - 7:52am
Establishing good credit is essential if you intend to apply for a business loan. But it’s not just for loans anymore – a good credit score can also help you: Secure a business credit card Open a merchant account Benefit from lower insurance premiums Build relationships and get flexible payment terms from suppliers Rent commercial property Lease or buy business vehicles
February 3, 2012 - 4:30pm
Guest blog post by John Bryson, U.S. Secretary of CommerceToday’s employment numbers are yet another indication that our economy is moving in the right direction. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent and 243,000 jobs were added in January, making this the 23rd consecutive month of job growth. Private sector job growth has been driving the decrease in unemployment, with the private sector adding 257,000 jobs last month. The manufacturing sector alone grew by 50,000 jobs in January, showing that manufacturing is still an
February 3, 2012 - 1:45pm
Guest blog post by Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, International Trade AdministrationIt’s always good to be back in my hometown of Tampa, Florida. This morning, I was proud to participate in a powerful and productive discussion at a White House Hispanic Community Action Summit, which took place at the University of Tampa.
February 3, 2012 - 12:30pm
Secretary John Bryson stopped by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday to meet with employees and tour the facility. It was the first time he had visited the USPTO office since being confirmed as Commerce Secretary in October of last year. While he was there, the Secretary congratulated the USPTO for its work on the implementation of the historic America Invents Act, which encourages innovation by making the first set of major reforms in the U.S. patent system since the 1800s. The America Invents Act allows businesses to get new
February 3, 2012 - 11:41am
This blog is co-authored by Karen Mills and Marie Johns Today we’re kicking off our Urban Economic Forum events in New York City. The forum, presented by the White House Business Council, the White House Council on Women and Girls and SBA, focuses on helping women business owners start and grow their companies.