November 30, 2011 - 7:26am
Navigating business law and regulations can be a minefield for small business owners, soaking up their time, money and valuable resources. In fact, according to the SBA Office of Advocacy, small firms (fewer than 20 employees) spend substantially more per employee to comply with federal regulations than larger firms do.
November 29, 2011 - 2:45pm
This afternoon, Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank participated in an event at the White House to announce the Administration’s progress in cracking down on intellectual property (IP) theft crimes and the launch of a public education campaign intended to increase Americans’ knowledge of the threat these crimes pose to economic prosperity and public safety. The campaign is entitled “Counterfeits Hurt. You Have The Power to Stop Them.” Counterfeit goods not only can cause harm to the safety of our families, but they also cause harm to our economy and to American
November 29, 2011 - 7:45am
If you operate a Facebook fan page, then you’ll have noticed a plethora of changes in recent months. While many of these changes are cosmetic, some are not, and they could have a big impact on your social media success. One of the most notable changes you may have noticed is to the dynamics of your “newsfeed.” I say significant, because these changes don’t just affect how users consume updates; they ultimately reward and promote business brands that are more engaged with their fans. Why Engagement is More Important than Ever
November 28, 2011 - 7:16am
According to The Senior Source, in 2005, 15 percent of working people expect to start their own businesses when they retire. However, given the continued impact of the economic crisis on 401(k) plans and a growing desire to stay career-active into retirement, this statistic seems very likely to grow.
November 23, 2011 - 3:00pm
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving. Historians have also recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of
November 23, 2011 - 9:00am
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their work. Guest blog by Dee Alexander, Program Analyst, Decennial Management Division’s Outreach and Promotion Branch, U.S. Census Bureau As an employee in the U.S. Census Bureau, I serve as a program analyst in the Decennial Management Division’s Outreach and Promotion Branch. My key responsibilities include responding to internal and external stakeholders, and the planning
November 23, 2011 - 7:17am
Businesses lose employees all the time, but if another firm has ever targeted or hired your employees then you have suffered from employee poaching or “employee raiding.” Employee poaching is a fact of life for small business owners, particularly in high growth, specialized, and technology industries. In fact you can even do a quick search online and find blogs that will even coach businesses on how to poach employees!
November 22, 2011 - 3:30pm
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their work. Guest blog by Harold "Pete" Garrison, Official In Charge, National Weather Service, Bethel Alaska As a NOAA employee, I am in charge of the weather service office in Bethel, Alaska, a hub for more than 50 communities and villages with about 25,000 native residents. It is located in the delta regions of the mighty
November 21, 2011 - 2:23pm
This week marked the conclusion of the 22nd sssion of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Chengdu, China. U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk co-chaired the JCCT along with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan. The trip was highlighted by meaningful progress on key elements of the U.S.-China trade relationship, though much more work remains to be done to open China’s market to U.S. exports and investment. The work done at JCCT will help boost U.S. exports and jobs through: the
November 21, 2011 - 10:15am
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their work. Guest blog by Jan Jacobs, Tribal Intergovernmental Affairs Specialists, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Census Bureau As Tribal Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist in the Census Bureau’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, I work with Tribal, state, county and local governments directly or through our partner advocate groups.