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Success With Online Reviews Tour = Great Success!

Wed, 2014-06-11 14:36

Editors note: This article was originally posted on the Official Yelp Blog.
Yelp and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hit the road back in January to educate small business owners across America on what it takes to have success in a world where more consumers are using online reviews to make purchasing decisions.

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The Internet’s Next Big Idea: Connecting People, Information, and Things

Wed, 2014-06-11 12:41

By Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems
at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

In the early 1990s, a Web page consisted of crude, rainbow-colored,
text-filled boxes that “hyperlinked” to more text. Today, your Internet-enabled
smartphone not only gives you access to libraries’ worth of information, but
also helps you navigate the physical world.

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Join us for the SelectUSA Summer Forum

Wed, 2014-06-11 12:30

Announcing the "Reinvesting in America, Creating Jobs at Home" SelectUSA Summer Forum on June 17th at the Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium.From large multinational corporations to family-owned small
businesses, U.S. firms are discovering that bringing manufacturing
or services back to the United States makes economic sense.
Join us to learn about the latest trends, discover resources to help businesses make the move, and hear directly from companies

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10 Can't-Miss Business Credit Profile Tips for Small Business Owners

Wed, 2014-06-11 11:43

If you run a company, your business credit profile is related to your reputation. With a strong business credit profile, you have access to much greater financing opportunities with favorable terms and lower interest rates.
For lenders, a company with a creditworthy profile is considered a good risk. Whether you own a startup or existing business, managing and protecting your profile with all three major business credit reporting agencies is crucial.
Here are ten essential tips for establishing, maintaining and protecting your business credit profile:

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Attention Developers: More Economic Statistics Added to BEA’s API

Wed, 2014-06-11 11:17

Developers, do you want to bring
more detailed economic data to your next app? The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
recently added several data sets to the application programming interface (API)
we launched last year.

The API now provides direct
access to the gross domestic product (GDP) underlying detail tables. Those
tables contain a wealth of statistics, including how much consumers spend on
hundreds of items like furnishings, food and flowers and how much revenue the
government takes in and spends.

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More Data in the Census Bureau API to Help You #hackforchange

Tue, 2014-06-10 13:46

Guest blog post by Logan Powell, Developer Engagement Lead, U.S. Census BureauTwo years ago, the Census Bureau launched its application programming interface (API), giving developers access to a variety of high value data sets, including our flagship 2010 Census and American Community Survey five-year statistics, providing information for every neighborhood in the nation.

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SBA Announces Boots to Business: Reboot

Tue, 2014-06-10 13:17

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will host Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans in twelve cities across the U.S.  Each event, led by SBA Resource Partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF), will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship class.

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Manufacturing: A New Commerce Department Report Shows Renewed Expansion

Tue, 2014-06-10 10:00

Guest blog post by Dr.Sue Helper, Chief
Economist, U.S. Department of CommerceThe U.S. manufacturing sector is rebounding at a rate unseen
since the late 1990s.  For the first time
in more than a decade, output and employment are steadily and simultaneously increasing.
A new Commerce Department report, Manufacturing Since the Great Recession, provides an overview of the resurgence
of this important economic sector, examining production, international trade

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Celebrate our Natural Treasures During National Ocean Month

Tue, 2014-06-10 09:45

June is not only the beginning of summer, it’s also Oceans Month. President Obama proclaimed June as Oceans Month as a way to reaffirm our responsibility to keep our oceans and coastal ecosystems healthy and resilient. Our oceans are natural treasures, a source of food and energy, and a foundation for our way of life. U.S. fisheries play an enormous role in the nation’s economy.

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Are You Prepared to Be A Leader When A Disaster Hits Your Small Business?

Thu, 2014-06-05 17:27

Most employees at small businesses worry about their safety in the event of an emergency, according to a recent survey by Staples, Inc.  And those fears range from “does my company have an emergency plan in place?” to “what happens to my paycheck if this place had to close for a few days because of a power outage?”

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