October 19, 2011 - 3:15pm
Guest blog post by Debbie Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.Learning about the value of intellectual property may not sound like fun and games, but for more than 15,000 people who visited the United States Patent and Trademark Office last Friday and Saturday, that’s exactly what happened. The 2011 National Trademark Expo featured exhibits and seminars designed to educate the public about the importance and value of trademarks in the marketplace. Trademarks help inspire confidence in a brand and build an
October 19, 2011 - 3:00pm
Guest blog post by by John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Department of CommerceThe Obama administration is collaborating with the private sector in an unprecedented way to promote American innovation, ignite entrepreneurship, and spur small business development to get the economy moving and put people back to work. And we are seeing results. Private sector payrolls increased by 137,000 in September. And despite a slowdown in economic growth from substantial headwinds experienced throughout the year, the economy has added private sector jobs for
October 19, 2011 - 7:46am
Business partnerships are common among startups and small businesses, and it’s not hard to see why. From an entrepreneurial standpoint the benefits are plentiful. The right business partnership is like a good marriage – not only do you have someone who shares your vision but you also get help with the financial and practical side of business ownership.
October 18, 2011 - 4:07pm
You may have missed a new rule from the Federal Trade Commission that took effect this month, beginning Oct. 1. If your business accepts payment by credit or debit card, these new rules of the merchant superhighway may help you lower your cost of doing business. The rules deal with interchange fees for debit card transactions, the discounts on the purchase price you offer your customers when they pay in certain ways, minimum dollar amounts for credit card purchases, and the networks available for routing debit card transactions. The new rules include provisions that:
October 18, 2011 - 11:30am
Partnership will help revitalize the domestic railway manufacturing sector, support Obama Administration’s historic investments in transportation and create jobsU.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. suppliers through transportation investments. The Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will help to ensure manufacturers meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT)
October 14, 2011 - 12:00pm
This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest Retail Sales figures for September and they went up sharply (1.1percent), with gains in lots of categories. The gains in July and August were revised upwards, too. From an economic growth point of view, this is unequivocally good news. However, history and statistics tell us not to get too excited over a single data point. So, although this is good news, it is clear that economy is not growing as fast as it needs to. That’s why President Obama has proposed cutting payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year.
October 14, 2011 - 11:45am
Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2011 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 14th from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event is designed to educate the public about the value of trademarks in the global marketplace. Last year’s Expo attracted over 10,000 visitors of all ages. The Expo will highlight such themes as “Unusual Trademarks” and “Brand Evolution,” and will feature
October 13, 2011 - 6:59am
Given the potential financial risks involved in starting your own business, it’s no surprise that many successful entrepreneurs begin their businesses as part-time ventures. In fact, the old adage – “don’t give up your day job” – rings true for many would-be entrepreneurs who are well aware of the benefits of maintaining a salaried income until they can get their start-up venture off the ground. Likewise, part-time business ownership is also a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents looking to supplement family income while maintaining a flexible and rewarding career.
October 6, 2011 - 7:29am
Are you active on Twitter? Looking for more ways to improve the effectiveness of your Tweets? Getting the most out of our Tweets can really improve your brand exposure, drive traffic to your website, and show that you are active and engaged with your customers and prospects. But to do this you need to step back and assess where you are today and ask yourself a few questions about your Twitter strategy. For example:
October 5, 2011 - 4:30pm
Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) colleagues of Dan Shechtman joined others in the scientific community today in congratulating him on winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Shechtman made his astonishing discovery of a quasicrystal—an arrangement of atoms thought to be forbidden by nature—while working as a guest researcher at NIST (then known as the National Bureau of Standards) in 1982.Shechtman is currently a professor at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).“We are thrilled that Dr. Shechtman’s pioneering work has been