Commerce’s U.S. Census Bureau reports that the U.S. population reached 314,395,013 at noon today—the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia. Twenty-five years ago, on the 200th anniversary, the population was 243,636,172. The very first census of 1790 counted 3,929,214 residents. Today, September 17, is recognized as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S.Read More
Have questions about small business taxes? Need a quick tutorial in any aspect of business taxes? Perhaps all you want is a reminder of key tax dates and deadlines?
IRS.gov is a resource-rich site home to numerous online tools designed specifically for small business owners and the self-employed. Whether you are looking for answers or just need to improve your financial literacy, IRS.gov has a lot to offer. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s available from IRS.gov.
1. IRS Virtual Tax Workshop for New Small Businesses
Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentProviding office space and support for budding entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses while boosting the synergies offered by their developing ideas, skills, and products is a critical economic development strategy.This is exactly what I saw today in Philadelphia, when I attended the opening of the new Dorrance H.Read More
Guest post from Natalie Soroka, Economist in the Office of Industry Analysis within the International Trade Administration2011 was a good year for U.S. Metropolitan Area Exporters. Of the 367 metro areas with available data (due to Federal disclosure regulations), 206 saw record-high merchandise exports in 2011. Overall, exports from all metropolitan areas increased by 16 percent from 2010 to total $1.31 trillion in 2011.Read More
On Thursday evening, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jacob Taylor received a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) for his advanced scientific research, which has potential for advances in health care, communications, computing, and technology.Read More
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, the
Commerce Department’s National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory
designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of
four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. Following an initial
year-long experiment, the facility will be used to improve test methods for
energy-efficient technologies and develop cost-effective design standards for
energy-efficient homes that could reduce overall energy consumption and harmful
According to Kauffman Foundation, young entrepreneurship in the U.S. is on the rise, with the 20-34 age group comprising 29 percent of the total new entrepreneurship activity in 2011.
Entrepreneurship can be an exciting adventure, and for the young it can be easier than you might think. The barriers – including cost of entry –are low, (working at home, online, etc.), and younger people are often unconstrained by the commitments of family and marriage.
This morning, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered remarks at the National Automobile Dealers Association Legislative Conference. In her remarks, the Acting Secretary discussed how the Obama administration is working to strengthen the U.S. automobile industry, grow the economy and create jobs.New car sales are beating expectations, having just seen the best August sales since 2009—nearly 1.3 million cars and trucks were sold last month. So far this year, sales for new cars are up 20 percent and sales for light-duty trucks are up more than 10 percent.Read More
A new focus on environmental responsibility is making it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to “make a difference.” There’s not only a huge variety of organic and eco-friendly products on retail store shelves to help Americans protect our ecosystem, but there are also vast new opportunities open to entrepreneurs who can provide green products to consumers.
This is more than a passing fad. This is big business for environmentally minded entrepreneurs. You can make your business greener and develop products and services to help others make theirs greener.
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its report on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States in 2011. As we continue to fight back from the worst economic crisis since
the Great Depression, the Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage report
released today provides further evidence of how critical it is that we
implement policies that benefit and create security for struggling families and
our middle class—and not just the wealthiest Americans.