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How to Build and Use a Business Budget That's Useful All Year Long

Mon, 2013-06-03 07:34

Budgets are difficult to plan and maintain at the best of times – unexpected events, cash flow problems, supply chain issues and more can all reap havoc with even the most thoroughly planned business budgets. The other problem with budgets is that many of us set budgets in our business and personal lives at the beginning of the year, and then file them away until the year-end rolls around once more.
And this is where the problem lies: your business is never static, and your budget shouldn’t be either.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Sharon Yanagi, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Industry and Security

Fri, 2013-05-31 13:00

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. Sharon Yanagi, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Security and IndustryFor over three years, I have served as the Chief of Staff at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the U.S. Commerce Department agency charged with administering the nation’s dual use export control system. In that capacity, I advise the Bureau Under Secretary on a range of policy, management and operations issues.

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SBA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship

Thu, 2013-05-30 21:32

As we mark the end of Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month this May, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes how important the success of America’s 1.5 million AAPI- owned businesses is to the strength of our economy. 
With more than 2.8 million workers, these firms are fueling job creation and strengthening our communities at a critical time in our economic recovery – and SBA is here to help them grow and succeed.

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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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