The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration today announced findings from the annual Arctic Report Card, a
report prepared by an international team of scientists from 14 different
countries. These scientists monitor the rapid changes in the Earth’s northern
polar region say that the Arctic is entering a new state–one with warmer air
and water temperatures, less summer sea ice and snow cover, and a changed ocean
chemistry. This shift is also causing changes in the in the region’s life, both
Here on SBA.gov we have amassed a catalog of blogs that offer a variety of proven techniques that small business owners can use to plan, execute and nurture their marketing efforts.
Cross post by Cory Churches is a Communications and Outreach Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs in the International Trade Administration.
Guest blog post by Matthew S. Erskine, U.S. Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentThe Seattle region is noted as one of our nation’s
hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship with world-class cleantech, health
sciences, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing clusters. It is home to the
headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks and its regional
assets are fueling job growth.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
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