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West Wing Week: 06/12/15 or, "Walking And Holding Hands"

Fri, 2015-06-12 10:01

This week, the President honored the life of Beau Biden, traveled to Germany to meet with G7 leaders, celebrated the achievements of the Affordable Care Act, and met with a reporter who benefited from that very legislation. That's June 5th to June 11th or, "Walking And Holding Hands."

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MAP: What Does Trade Adjustment Assistance Mean for Workers in Your State?

Fri, 2015-06-12 09:00

What is Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and why should you care if Congress fails to reauthorize it? 
Ask Jessica Kinkade.
Jessica, a Eugene, Oregon native, worked in the stockroom managing inventory, pulling work orders, and performing quality control. After four years of employment, she was laid off due to foreign competition. She called the TAA program, was among a group of workers certified as eligible to apply for assistance, and was soon determined eligible for TAA benefits and services.

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Trade Adjustment Assistance: What You Need to Know

Thu, 2015-06-11 18:48

The 21st century economy is driven by an ever-changing global marketplace. What was once a fledgling business or industry can quickly grow to redefine consumer demand and reshape our workforce.
Americans are the most productive workforce in the world, and to outcompete other countries, it is vital that they have all the job training and other support they need to tap into new opportunities that the 21st century economy presents.
That is why Congress needs to reauthorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA). 

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Working Together to End Human Trafficking

Thu, 2015-06-11 16:40

A few years back, I met a young woman named Sheila. As a teenager, she fled an abusive home and eventually met a man who promised to love and protect her. Instead, after pretending to be the savior she so desperately needed, he sold her. Literally. 

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Future of Urban Innovation: Startups Summit

Thu, 2015-06-11 15:43

On June 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with Columbia University, hosted the Future of Urban Innovation: Startups summit in New York City, to discuss urban innovation and how government, academia, and the private sector can work together to help startups and spur economic growth. The summit was part of ongoing efforts, by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to provide information and resources to innovators and entrepreneurs in the region.

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Export Success Series: Export Sales to Mexico Opening Doors to Latin America

Thu, 2015-06-11 15:28

As businesses work to expand their international export networks, they look to the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service (CS) to move domestic and foreign economy relations forward. The U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC), a major part of Commerce’s CS, specifically provides key opportunities through counseling, special events and specific business matchmaking. This business matchmaking can broaden opportunities for further export sales with a multitude of countries. Escalade, Inc.

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Secretary Pritzker Addresses Business Leaders on the Importance of U.S.-Mexico Economic Relationship

Thu, 2015-06-11 14:18

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressed the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, highlighting the vital importance of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship and discussing efforts to strengthen our bilateral partnership through the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
 

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Chart of the Week: What It Takes to Start a Business in America

Thu, 2015-06-11 12:13

When it comes to ease of doing business, America is top 10 in the world. But when it comes to starting a business, we’re ranked 46th.
For a country that the most creative, productive, and innovative entrepreneurs call home, this shouldn’t be the case. So why is it so challenging to launch a startup here?  
Every entrepreneur or small business owner faces some red tape when starting or expanding a business, such as:

Setting up a legal business structure

Understanding zoning laws and licensing requirements

Acquiring licenses and permits

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My Day One: Nuestra Familia (Our Family)

Thu, 2015-06-11 12:06

June marks Immigrant Heritage Month -- and people across the country are sharing their American stories. Whether you've recently embarked on your first day as an American or want to share how your ancestors came to arrive here, we want to hear from you. Add your voice to the conversation today.

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Invest In Your “Healthy Self” (and Post a #HealthySelfie While You’re At It)

Thu, 2015-06-11 09:47

Today, the Obama administration is launching the “Healthy Self” campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles and connect people to the coverage and care they need. But first let us tell you about Alicia. A wife and mother of two from Houston, Alicia knows how important her health is, not only for her, but for the people she loves. As she describes it, “When mom gets sick, the whole family feels it.”

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