December 29, 2011 - 12:15pm
Innovation drives economic growth and creates skilled, high-wage jobs. To maintain a high standard of living for its citizens, the United States must continue to produce new, high quality products and we must sell them in the global marketplace. As Secretary John Bryson said recently, the U.S. must “Build it here and sell it everywhere.”Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) helps U.S.
December 29, 2011 - 7:50am
Are you interested in environmental responsibility and stewardship? Think you’ve got the skills to turn this into a career? Becoming a “green consultant” might be the ideal home-based business opportunity you’ve been looking for. According to Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media, green consultants who help businesses assess their environmental footprint and develop sustainable strategies are poised to be the next hot industry, growing 9.4 percent per year to $30 billion in 2016.
December 28, 2011 - 7:45am
Looking to realize your dream and open a restaurant business? Now may be just the time to do it. Earlier this year the National Restaurant Association predicted that after a three-year period of negative sales growth, the restaurant business would post positive growth and reach a record $604 billion in sales. Opening a restaurant or food service business requires research, planning, capital (not always as much as you think), business acumen, and perseverance. It also requires a number of legal and regulatory considerations, during both the startup phase and the lifecycle of the business.
December 27, 2011 - 6:30pm
Why do credit ratings play such an essential role in our everyday lives? Credit ratings are essential because they indicate how likely an individual, a business, a city, a county, a state, or even a country is able to repay a debt. Each one of these entities has a credit rating and depending on positive or negative factors, a rating can be upgraded or downgraded. For example, the U.S. had always maintained a top tier AAA credit rating. But recently, one of the major credit-rating agencies, Standard & Poor, downgraded our country’s credit rating for the first time.
December 27, 2011 - 11:45am
Guest blog post by U.S.
December 27, 2011 - 8:07am
Preparing invoices can be a taxing and costly process for small business owners. For example, if you are a solo business owner or just don’t have the staff to develop tough internal controls, then you’re may well be spending too much time creating manual paper-based invoices.
December 23, 2011 - 1:30pm
The holiday season is a time for gathering to celebrate with friends and family, to reflect and to give thanks. At this time of year, the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Census Bureau presents holiday-related facts and statistics from its data collections, including details about mail, retail sales, toys, trees and decorations and much more. The nation's projected population as we ring in the New Year is estimated to be more than 312 million. Happy holidays from the U.S. Department of Commerce! Holiday facts and features
December 23, 2011 - 11:45am
In 2011, the Commerce Department's U.S. Census Bureau continued to provide quality statistics to governments and businesses to inform the decisions that affect everyone’s lives.
December 22, 2011 - 3:30pm
2011 will be remembered as the year of extreme weather. From extreme drought, heat waves and floods to unprecedented tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms, a record 12 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each caused $1 billion or more in damages—and most regrettably, loss of human lives and property.
December 22, 2011 - 2:36pm
Yesterday, I spoke with Zalmi Duchman, the founder and owner of The Fresh Diet in Florida. His business cooks and delivers freshly prepared, healthy meals directly to customer doors each day. He talked about how, if Congress doesn’t act, a tax increase will hurt both his hardworking employees and small businesses, like his, that rely on consumers to have money to buy their goods and services. He said that when his employees open their paycheck and see that it got lower, they’ll turn to him and ask why.