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A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

Tue, 2013-05-07 13:38

Note: This blog is by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and first appeared at on April 30.
Today, we take one more step toward meeting the promise of helping millions of Americans access quality, affordable health coverage.

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How to Restore Your Credit After Hard Times

Tue, 2013-05-07 09:44

Getting your financial life and credit back on track after going through tough economic times is not an impossible task by any means, but it does require an effective and proven plan.
Whether you had to file for bankruptcy; went through a foreclosure; dealt with excessive late payments, collections, judgments; a repossession; or the dreaded tax lien, the good news is there is hope in recovering and re-establishing a good credit rating.

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International Visitors Spent $14.4 Billion in the United States in March 2013

Mon, 2013-05-06 10:30

Firs-quarter U.S. Travel and Tourism exports contribute $43 billion to the U.S. economyU.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank highlighted new data today that shows spending by international visitors to the United States in March 2013 totaled more than $14.4 billion, an increase of nearly 3 percent when compared to last year. International visitors spent $43 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the first quarter of 2013.

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Let Us Know About Innovators and Leaders in Small Business Financing

Fri, 2013-05-03 17:10

This blog is by Don Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Housing, and Community Development Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury and has served as Executive Director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. This blog first appeared at Treasury.Gov.

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USPTO Honors Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

Thu, 2013-05-02 15:00

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had
the exciting privilege of honoring 17 of America’s greatest innovators Wednesday
night, when they were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in
ceremonies held at the USPTO’s Alexandria, Va., headquarters. Acting Under
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the
USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea conferred induction medals to visionary inventors whose
patented innovations include the electronic synthesizer, flat panel plasma

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8 Ways Your Business Can Get Ready for the 2013 Tourist Season

Thu, 2013-05-02 07:01

While the U.S. economy continues to see positive signs of growth, consumer spending in one sector is booming – tourism.
Consider the facts – spending by international travelers to and within the U.S. increased 10.5 percent in 2012 (source: U.S Travel Association). Travel also continues to lead export growth, accounting for a 23 percent rise in U.S. exports. Home grown tourism is also experiencing a surge, with more and more Americans opting to take “staycations” – enjoying recreational and entertainment options closer to home – as opposed to hitting the roads and skies.

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Celebrating World Trade Throughout May

Wed, 2013-05-01 12:52

Cross post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade AdministrationThe following blog post was written by Francisco J. Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International
May brings warmer weather, longer days, and, most importantly for us at the
Department of Commerce, World Trade Month. For years, this has been a special
time to reflect on the importance of trade to our nation’s economic
Over the past few months, we’ve discussed what an

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Franchise Businesses Can And Do Impact Local Communities

Wed, 2013-05-01 08:30

Are you thinking of purchasing a franchise someday?
If so, you’re going to be focusing on things such as finding a franchise that’s a good fit for you, doing research, scouting out potential business locations and getting a small business loan.*

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Does Your Website or Online App Target Kids? Stricter COPPA Rules Go into Effect Soon

Wed, 2013-05-01 07:56

Do you target children or a youth demographic online? Perhaps you’ve developed or are marketing a mobile app that appeals to a youth market? If so, you should be aware of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) – a federal ruling enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that gives parents control over what personal information websites can collect from children under the age of 13.

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Small Businesses Get a Leg Up with Financial Literacy

Tue, 2013-04-30 11:59

President Barack Obama recently proclaimed April National Financial Capability Month. Recognizing the importance of smart financial planning in achieving the American Dream, this month calls on individuals to empower themselves by seeking knowledge and tools for strong financial capability. 
Nowhere is financial literacy more important than in the small business community. Small businesses are the embodiment of the American dream and the backbone of the American economy, creating 64 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and 2011.

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