January 30, 2012 - 7:56am
Are you in the clean energy business? Or perhaps you’re looking to save some money by investing in energy-saving business equipment or a greener facility? If so, you may be wondering what your funding options are. From loan programs to research and development grants and small business tax incentives, here is a round-up of some go-to resources – most of them online – for financing your green business strategy. 1. Your Local Bank.com – Low-Cost Green Business Loans
January 27, 2012 - 2:00pm
Today, three days after attending the president’s State of the Union address, Commerce Secretary and former CEO John Bryson traveled to Columbus, Ohio, where he toured Entrotech, a manufacturing facility, and met with local business leaders.
January 27, 2012 - 11:58am
Guest blog post by Anna M. Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Deputy Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information AdministrationThis week I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion hosted by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, or NOBEL, that examined how broadband is helping to address many of America’s most pressing challenges.A robust broadband infrastructure is critical for America to remain competitive in the 21st century. Broadband provides a foundation for innovation, job
January 26, 2012 - 7:45pm
Two days after President Obama laid out plans in his State of the Union address to support innovation and bolster U.S. manufacturing, Acting U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank visited Tech Town, a premier commercial technology campus, in Dayton.
January 26, 2012 - 4:30pm
U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves released a 2010 Census brief on the American Indian and Alaska Native population (PDF) yesterday and joined an expert panel in addressing the current social and economic impact of this population and at a forum held at the National Museum of the American Indian. The event highlighted statistics from the 2010 Census, providing a portrait of the American Indian and Alaska Native population in the U.S.
January 26, 2012 - 1:02pm
If you think it’s hard to do business forecasts – and lots of people do – what I can tell you is that it’s a whole easier to forecast than it is to run a business without any forecasts. So, with that in mind, here are five things that every manager should know about financial forecasts. 1. Forecasts are for business, not truth, or beauty. The business value of financial forecasts is about making good decisions. The forecast helps you anticipate business trends, allocate your spending right, and manage the flow of money.
January 26, 2012 - 7:30am
According to U.S. Census data, e-commerce sales are increasing at a rate faster than traditional offline retail sales, raking in approximately $190 billion in sales in 2011. So it’s no surprise that budding entrepreneurs and existing “bricks and mortar” businesses are turning to e-commerce as a business opportunity. You only need to browse the SBA.gov Community Discussion Boards to see how many topics focus on how to start an e-commerce business!
January 25, 2012 - 5:30pm
Today, a day after attending the president’s State of the Union address, Secretary Bryson had the opportunity to tour Paramount Sleep, a family-owned mattress factory, and meet with local business leaders in Norfolk, Virginia to talk about manufacturing and how the Commerce Department can help businesses build products here and sell them everywhere. Like many other businesses across the country, Paramount Sleep was hit by the recent recession–but they pressed on. Today, they manufacture high-end products using about 90% U.S. content. They have
January 25, 2012 - 4:00pm
Guest blog post by Francisco J. Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International TradeGood things are happening here in North Carolina.
January 25, 2012 - 3:07pm
Last night I had the honor of attending President Obama’s State of the Union Address as a member of his cabinet. In the speech, the President laid out his vision for an economy that’s built to last. It’s an economy based on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. I had the chance see one of those pillars in action today.