On May 24-25, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson visited Berlin, Germany–the final stop on his European trip this week–to meet with senior business and government leaders and to address a major conference on trans-Atlantic trade. The Secretary delivered remarks on the importance of trans-Atlantic trade and a strong bilateral investment relationship between the United States and Germany. He also highlighted Germany's vocational training system, which he witnessed first-hand earlier in the week, as an important model for the United States.
Editor's note: This blog article, by US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, originally appeared on WhiteHouse.gov. The RFP-EZ project is sponsored by SBA and BusinessUSA.
Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt ErskineAs they search for opportunities to grow their economies and create jobs, no region in the United States can really choose to ignore the global marketplace—in fact, it just makes common sense. The latest export numbers bear this out: Since 2009, record-breaking levels of U.S. exports have supported an additional 1.2 million American jobs. And in March, the latest figures show that U.S.Read More
Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew underscores necessity to prepare every yearConditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today from Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and home to the Hurricane Research Division.For the entire six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms with top winds of 39 mph or higher, of which four to eighRead More
Does your small business sell a “green” product or service—one that benefits (or at least doesn’t hurt) the environment? Then you could benefit from Americans’ desire to go green when shopping. According to the 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker, 69 percent of American consumers always or sometimes take the environment into consideration when making choices about what products or services to buy.
At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we have the great privilege to work with many amazing small business owners. Every day I see how small businesses are creating an economy built to last and living the American Dream. I wanted to share these great stories with everyone – so we asked small business owners to share their stories in a short video that demonstrates how their business benefited from the SBA and makes a difference in their local community.
Guest blog post by Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca M. BlankYesterday's U.S. Census Bureau report shows that not only was the 2010 Census delivered on time and significantly under budget–but even more important, it was extremely accurate. I am proud of the extraordinary accomplishment by the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department in its success with the massive 2010 Decennial Census effort that gathered data vital to understanding our nation’s population and to allocating equal representation in our democratic system.Read More
The entity choice for starting or operating a business can have a number of implications. It can affect funding, taxes, and more. Here are five compelling reasons why you may want to run your business as a C corporation.
1. Use crowdfunding to raise equity capital
This week we’re blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community.Read More
This week we’re live-blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community.
We just finished a morning session honoring federal contractors and subcontractors. In addition to remarks from Administrator Karen Mills, we heard from Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about their commitment to supporting small business procurement to achieve their agency goals.