Celebrated since 1963, National Small Business Week
recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business
owners. Entrepreneurship is an integral part of our country’s DNA and
increasing numbers of minorities are becoming entrepreneurs. However, starting
a business can be challenging in that the majority of small- to medium-sized
businesses often lack access and visibility to helpful resources.
Guest blog post by Acting
Secretary of Commerce Cameron Kerry.Earlier this month, I was honored to take the helm at the
Department of Commerce as Acting Secretary. Having served as the Department’s
General Counsel for the last four years, I have come to know and cherish the
exceptional work that the people at Commerce do to promote innovation and
economic growth, provide world-class science for the benefit of the American
people, and expand our exports and global
trade. I’m proud to have been called on to lead this work as Acting Secretary.
One of the biggest challenges to both current and potential exporters is access to accurate, reliable information about the markets they want to tap. One of the most common ways large exporters address this issue is by contracting “expert” help in each country or region where they do business, that is, a local representative or source in position to provide both information and market analysis. This type of service can be -and usually is- costly. If you happen to be a large exporter, cost may not be a major issue, but for small exporters this challenge can be daunting.
Guest blog post by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyJust about everything these
days—from banking to health care to the electricity powering our homes—is
rooted in cyberspace. This any time, any where interconnected world
unfortunately brings with it a constantly evolving set of security
administration today released its 2013
Intellectual Property Enforcement Joint Strategic Plan. Since the issuance
of its first Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement three
years ago, the administration has made major accomplishments toward
strengthening intellectual property (IP) enforcement, including increasing its
use of trade policy tools, reducing online infringement and supporting American
entrepreneurs and intellectual property-intensive industries that strengthen
Note: This blog is jointly authored by SBA Administrator Karen Mills and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It first appeared on Whitehouse.gov on June 19.
This week is National Small Business Week. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), along with agencies across the Obama Administration, are hosting events in five cities. These events provide expert advice, mentoring and explore topics ranging from access to capital to exporting. Small businesses across the country can tune into these events via livestream at sba.gov.
Public data is a valuable national asset whose value is multiplied when it is made easily accessible to the public. For example, the public release of weather data from government satellites and ground stations generated an entire economic sector that today includes the Weather Channel, commercial agricultural advisory services, and new insurance options. Similarly, the decision by the U.S.Read More
This week is my absolute favorite of the year because National Small Business Week marks the biggest celebration of small business the whole year long. It feels almost like the week of Christmas, with Friday being the big day of celebration taking place right here in our own backyard of Washington DC. Small businesses from around the country will be recognized for their hard work and I couldn’t be more proud and excited.
In early 2011, Vanport Outfitters received its first commercial overseas order from Japan. That is when they started working with the U.S. Commercial Service, which assisted them throughout the export process. Some challenges Vanport faced included building brand awareness and finding quality contacts overseas to do business with. To address these issues, Vanport used U.S. Commercial Service business matchmaking services. “As a small company, few have heard of us, and are already selling competing products from better known firms.Read More
Summer is here and it’s time to take to the streets. In the summer, your customers feel festive and spend more time outdoors. So, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get creative with your marketing efforts. Here are some ideas to try.