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10 Important Quotes About Business Strategy

Wed, 2013-06-26 11:53

I worked for several years with a consulting firm called Creative Strategies. The name always struck me as ironic. In real business, from what I’ve seen, the best strategies aren’t creative. Instead, they’re obvious. Do what you do best – what makes you different from the others – and do it for the people who want it or need it. Find a successful business and its strategy seems obvious. Still, maybe what seems obvious after the fact wasn’t obvious beforehand.

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Welcome to the New 2014 Health Insurance Changes Included

Tue, 2013-06-25 13:14

Note: This blog first appeared at on June 21, 2013.
Health insurance is changing in important ways in 2014. We’ve updated to help you get ready for those changes, especially one of the most important: the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

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MBDA’s Business Centers Expand Reach

Fri, 2013-06-21 14:30

Celebrated since 1963, National Small Business Week
recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business
owners. Entrepreneurship is an integral part of our country’s DNA and
increasing numbers of minorities are becoming entrepreneurs. However, starting
a business can be challenging in that the majority of small- to medium-sized
businesses often lack access and visibility to helpful resources.

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Acting Secretary Cameron Kerry Honored to Serve the American Public Alongside His Brother

Fri, 2013-06-21 12:00

Guest blog post by Acting
Secretary of Commerce Cameron Kerry.Earlier this month, I was honored to take the helm at the
Department of Commerce as Acting Secretary. Having served as the Department’s
General Counsel for the last four years, I have come to know and cherish the
exceptional work that the people at Commerce do to promote innovation and
economic growth, provide world-class science for the benefit of the American
people, and expand our exports and global
trade. I’m proud to have been called on to lead this work as Acting Secretary.

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A Wealth of International Resources for the American Small Business

Fri, 2013-06-21 10:08

One of the biggest challenges to both current and potential exporters is access to accurate, reliable information about the markets they want to tap. One of the most common ways large exporters address this issue is by contracting “expert” help in each country or region where they do business, that is, a local representative or source in position to provide both information and market analysis. This type of service can be -and usually is- costly. If you happen to be a large exporter, cost may not be a major issue, but for small exporters this challenge can be daunting.

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Protecting the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

Thu, 2013-06-20 17:00

Guest blog post by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary  of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyJust about everything these
days—from banking to health care to the electricity powering our homes—is
rooted in cyberspace. This any time, any where interconnected world
unfortunately brings with it a constantly evolving set of security

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Commerce Bureaus Play Key Role in Intellectual Property Accomplishments and Future Priorities

Thu, 2013-06-20 10:30

The Obama
administration today released its 2013
Intellectual Property Enforcement Joint Strategic Plan. Since the issuance
of its first Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement three
years ago, the administration has made major accomplishments toward
strengthening intellectual property (IP) enforcement, including increasing its
use of trade policy tools, reducing online infringement and supporting American
entrepreneurs and intellectual property-intensive industries that strengthen
our economy.

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White House Rural Council Growing Rural Economies, Creating Jobs

Wed, 2013-06-19 18:32

Note: This blog is jointly authored by SBA Administrator Karen Mills and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  It first appeared on on June 19.
This week is National Small Business Week. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), along with agencies across the Obama Administration, are hosting events in five cities. These events provide expert advice, mentoring and explore topics ranging from access to capital to exporting. Small businesses across the country can tune into these events via livestream at

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Commerce’s Economic Data Is a Goldmine for Small Businesses

Wed, 2013-06-19 15:00

Public data is a valuable national asset whose value is multiplied when it is made easily accessible to the public. For example, the public release of weather data from government satellites and ground stations generated an entire economic sector that today includes the Weather Channel, commercial agricultural advisory services, and new insurance options. Similarly, the decision by the U.S.

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Celebrating 2013's SCORE Chapter of the Year for National Small Business Week

Tue, 2013-06-18 14:31

This week is my absolute favorite of the year because National Small Business Week marks the biggest celebration of small business the whole year long. It feels almost like the week of Christmas, with Friday being the big day of celebration taking place right here in our own backyard of Washington DC. Small businesses from around the country will be recognized for their hard work and I couldn’t be more proud and excited.

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