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.
January 25, 2012 - 10:30am
In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama laid out proposals for how to bring about a new era of American manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products stamped Made in the USA. A few of the proposals are: Reward companies for bringing jobs back to America. Lower tax rates for companies that manufacture and create jobs in the United States. Get tough on trade enforcement.
January 25, 2012 - 9:15am
Ever wonder if you need to get a lawyer involved in a business matter? A lawyer can help in many business scenarios, from helping with the incorporation process, drawing up contracts and, if necessary, representing you in litigation. But is a lawyer always necessary or are there times when you are better off saving the big bucks and navigating legal processes on your own? Here are some guidelines to help you know which legal business issues you can probably handle independently and when it’s really time to retain a lawyer. Legal Issues You Can Handle on Your Own
January 24, 2012 - 7:34pm
Will your startup ambitions become a reality in 2012? In a recent study, 70% of Americans indicated they want to start their own business, but many never take the leap because of lack of knowledge, direction and fear of failure. Let’s face it, starting a business can be intimidating, and risk of the unknown is one major hurdle that few are willing to deal with. With a job, there tends to be this perception of security and certainty. You show up for work, do your job, and collect a paycheck.