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Newly Graduated? – 10+ Tools and Resources to Help You Start Your First Business

Thu, 2013-05-30 06:56

Just graduated from college and looking to start your own business? With the economy still in recovery mode, many students are actively seeking an alternative to traditional post-college career paths.
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.

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Workshop Identifies Research Priorities to Mitigate Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Wed, 2013-05-29 16:00

Over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas at risk of wildfires.

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Guest blog post: Developing Foreign Business is Easier than You Think

Wed, 2013-05-29 14:15

Guest blog post by Dr. Cody Friesen, founder and president of Fluidic Energy, an associate professor at Arizona State University and a member of the U.S. Manufacturing Council.As the founder of Fluidic Energy and a member of the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council, I’m always mindful of the state of the economy. It’s impossible not to notice the beneficial impact of trade, and the importance of manufacturing, to the continued growth of U.S. exports.The Manufacturing Council exists to advise Commerce leadership on the best policies to support manufacturing and U.S.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Peggy Leung-Dombrowski, Acting Chief Learning Officer, Office of Human Resources Management

Wed, 2013-05-29 10:20

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Ms. Peggy Leung-Dombrowski, Acting Chief Learning Officer,

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Developing a Mobile App? Follow These 12 Tips for Protecting and Securing User Data

Wed, 2013-05-29 06:51

Smartphone and tablet users will download 70 billion apps this year, according to an estimate by ABI Research. And the total global mobile app market is expected to be worth $25 billion by 2015 reports TechCrunch.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Vikrum Aiyer, Special Adviser, USPTO

Tue, 2013-05-28 16:15

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Vikrum Aiyer, Special Adviser to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, USPTOSome of the most disruptive solutions to the world's most pressing challenges are laid out in applications submitted to our office.

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NOAA: National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 26 — June 1, 2013

Tue, 2013-05-28 11:30

National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and history teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents.

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8 Ways the U.S. Government Can Help You Finance Your Small Business Exports

Tue, 2013-05-28 07:24

Looking to expand into overseas markets?
Whether you are entering the export market, looking to upgrade your equipment or facilities in preparation for exporting, or helping your international buyers do business with you – there’s a U.S. government financing program that can help.

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Obama Administration Announces Make It In America Challenge Accepting Applications Through May 31

Fri, 2013-05-24 11:07

Challenge Focused on Encouraging Businesses to Bring
Production Back to the United States or Expand Domestic
Obama Administration today announced that it is accepting proposals through May
31, 2013, for the Make
it in America Challenge, a $40 million competition funded by multiple
federal agencies that is designed to encourage investment and job creation in
the United States. Up to 15 awards will be made to challenge applicants who put
forth one plan to accelerate job creation by encouraging re-shoring of

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Is Your Business Ready for the next Hurricane Sandy?

Thu, 2013-05-23 17:34

Even before the big storm hits, small businesses start losing money once the severe weather advisories go out. The cost of shutting down, even for a few hours, is a huge expense most small businesses aren’t prepared to cover.
Hurricane Sandy caught most people off guard. The late-season storm brought flooding and power outages that caused billions in losses. The SBA approved more than 3,600 disaster loans for $393 million to businesses affected by Sandy. When you add the home disaster loans made by SBA, more than 35,400 loans were approved for a total of $2.3 billion.

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