February 2, 2012 - 6:30pm
Today Acting Deputy U.S. Commerce Secretary Dr. Rebecca Blank today visited SolarDock, a Wilmington, Delaware-area company that designs, manufactures and installs next generation solar power systems. She met with SolarDock founder Scott Johnson, partner Edward O’Brien, and employees and tour the manufacturing facility, along with Delaware Lieutenant Governor Matthew Denn. Blank’s visit highlighted the President’s plans to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and foster a new era of American energy development. In the State of the Union, the President proposed reducing tax
February 2, 2012 - 4:35pm
On Feb. 2 when many people were focusing on groundhogs and their shadows, the National Archives focused on high-tech conservation and the freshly conserved 1297 Magna Carta, including its state-of-the-art encasement designed and built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The first Magna Carta was signed in 1215 by King John of England after an assembly of barons forced him to put in writing for the first time the traditional rights and liberties of the country’s free persons. In 1297, King Edward I was
February 2, 2012 - 3:00pm
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau today released its 2010 Service Annual Survey, which shows that of the nation’s 11 service sectors, 10 showed an increase in revenues for employer firms between 2009 and 2010. These figures are the first findings from this survey to track the revenues of services after the December 2007 to June 2009 recession. The statistics cover multiple service sectors: the information services sector; the health care and social assistance sector; the finance and insurance sector; and the arts,
February 2, 2012 - 8:21am
I’d wager that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of franchising is some type of food franchise. I do too. Most of the food franchises that we tend to think of are almost always in the *fast-casual genre. It’s a huge business sector. If you’re thinking of becoming the owner of a food franchise, I have a way for you to get a leg up on your search for the right one; become a trend-watcher. For example, did you know that some fast casual franchises are serving, “Mini-treats?” Or, that there’s a new type of family demographic that wants some attention?
February 2, 2012 - 7:40am
Are you interested in the restaurant or food service business, but don’t know whether to go the franchise route or start your own business from scratch? The food service industry is the largest and most prominent sector in franchising today, and while not entirely risk-free, it’s often perceived as a safer bet for new business owners. Of course, restaurant franchise ownership isn’t for everyone. Being a franchise owner requires a particular type of personality, solid research, and a willingness to work within the confines of someone else’s entrepreneurial vision.
February 1, 2012 - 7:32pm
Bo Davis was a student at George Washington University when he developed the technology behind Blackboard, an online course manager now used by millions of college students. Three SBA-backed loans later, Davis is now expanding another successful business venture, Wasabi sushi restaurants – and he’s still working with SBA to help him create jobs and expand. When Davis started his company, he didn’t have the deep pockets that competitors had; but SBA was there to help put him on a level playing field with larger competitors.
February 1, 2012 - 1:00pm
Secretary Bryson is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today, where he has a busy day. He started his day meeting the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council (DEC) over breakfast. He shared the President’s outline for ensuring more items are made in America. The President has proposed an end to tax breaks for businesses that outsource, additional tax relief for those that bring jobs back, and lowering the tax rates for manufacturers, especially high-tech manufacturers. DEC members shared with him what they are hearing from their fellow business leaders about the challenges and successes
February 1, 2012 - 7:45am
Starting a business? Confused about whether you need a business license or permit? Virtually every business needs some form of license or permit to operate legally. However, knowing which one you need, however, can be a little tricky. It depends on the type of business you are operating, where it’s located, and what government rules apply.
January 31, 2012 - 3:30pm
Blog post by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary for Standards and Technology and Director of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology Standards—agreed upon parameters such as the size and shape of electrical outlets, the number of threads per inch on machine bolts, or the tolerances allowed for various medical tests—are critical to American competitiveness, technological innovation, and global trade because they facilitate manufacturing, speed delivery, and enable the
January 31, 2012 - 12:12pm
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Startup America, the initiative launched by the White House to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship across America.