Is August a slow season for your small business? For many of us, business slows down as the days heat up. Fortunately, that makes the rest of this month the ideal time to use your downtime productively by reassessing your marketing strategy. Determine what’s working and what isn’t, and revamp your approach for the rest of the year.
Here are some areas to consider:
Helping set a stage for success to Atlanta’s entrepreneurs, Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was in the Georgia capital this afternoon to help launch Startup Atlanta.Read More
Understanding historical hurricane landfalls is important in preparing for current stormsSeeing where hurricanes have hit and how often is one of the best ways to bring home a powerful hurricane preparedness message. A NOAA website, Historical Hurricane Tracks, lets users insert their zip code and see a map that contains more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane tracking data.Read More
Looking to grow your business? Not sure you’ll qualify for a traditional business bank loan?
Many new and established businesses may not qualify for credit in the form of traditional loans. That’s why the SBA has long operated a program of government-backed (or guaranteed) loans that make it possible for many small businesses to get the financing they need to grow their business without using working capital.
What is a Government-Backed Business Loan?
As the 2012 Olympic Games wind to a close, American athletes
have racked up nearly 40 gold medals against
the best of their international competition. They achieved those victories with
hours of practice, dedication, and partnership with coaches and mentors. Like
America’s Olympians, American businesses are also competing on the global
stage, and the Commerce Department is partnering with them through our Gold Key
Matching Service to help them win.
Guest blog post by Francisco
Updated outlook calls for near- or above-normal Atlantic seasonThis year’s Atlantic hurricane season got off to a busy start, with 6 named storms to date, and may have a busy second half, according to the updated hurricane season outlook issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.Read More
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau today released its first-ever mobile application, "America's Economy," which will provide constantly updated statistics on the U.S. economy, including monthly economic indicators, trends, along with a schedule of upcoming announcements. The app, which is currently available for Android mobile device users, combines statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S.Read More
Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentA look at the recent national weather map underlines the reason for the Obama administration’s comprehensive response and action plan: large sections of the country are experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades—with levels ranging from “severe” to “extreme” and “exceptional.”The consequences of drought don’t just affect farmers and their crops and livestock, but have ripple effects throughout the regional economies that depend on them.Read More
Thanks to a new reference standard developed by Commerce's National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement agencies
will have an easier time linking the nearly 200,000 cartridge cases
recovered annually at U.S. crime scenes to specific firearms.