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International Trade Administration’s Commercial Service Makes Exporting Easier for Small Businesses

Tue, 2013-06-18 14:15

In early 2011, Vanport Outfitters received its first commercial overseas order from Japan. That is when they started working with the U.S. Commercial Service, which assisted them throughout the export process. Some challenges Vanport faced included building brand awareness and finding quality contacts overseas to do business with. To address these issues, Vanport used U.S. Commercial Service business matchmaking services. “As a small company, few have heard of us, and are already selling competing products from better known firms.

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Creative Summer Marketing Ideas

Tue, 2013-06-18 10:12

Summer is here and it’s time to take to the streets. In the summer, your customers feel festive and spend more time outdoors. So, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get creative with your marketing efforts. Here are some ideas to try.

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Celebrating The Mentor Magic Behind Small Business Success

Mon, 2013-06-17 15:25

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. Today, in particular, feels almost like Christmas Eve because tomorrow is the big 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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NIST MEP helps U.S. Manufacturers Create Jobs and Expand their Businesses

Mon, 2013-06-17 13:00

National Small Business Week,
which is taking place June 17-21, recognizes the contributions of America’s
entrepreneurs to job creation and economic growth. One way that the Commerce
Department works to support small- and medium-sized enterprises is through the
National Institute of Standards and Technology’s
(NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership
(MEP), a public-private partnership designed to encourage innovation in
American manufacturing.

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50 Years of National Small Business Week

Fri, 2013-06-14 22:13

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week.  Although things have certainly changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, one thing that hasn’t changed is America’s entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities.

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National Small Business Week Recognizing the Mentors Behind the Magic

Fri, 2013-06-14 12:34

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. Today, in particular, feels almost like Christmas Eve because tomorrow is the big 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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Administration Advances Wireless Spectrum for Economic Growth

Fri, 2013-06-14 12:30

Cross-post by Tom Power and Lawrence E. StricklingPresident Obama today issued a Presidential Memorandum
that builds on the Administration’s commitment to make additional
spectrum available for wireless broadband to drive innovation, expand
consumer services, and increase job creation and economic growth.  The
memorandum establishes a set of measures
that Federal agencies, in collaboration with industry and other
stakeholders, will now take to more aggressively enhance spectrum

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Asians Fastest-Growing Race or Ethnic Group in 2012

Fri, 2013-06-14 12:00

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Asians were the nation's fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012. Their population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million, according to Census Bureau annual population estimates. More than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian population came from international migration.By comparison, the Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent, or more than 1.1 million, to just over 53 million in 2012.

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Pre-Registration Opens For SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

Thu, 2013-06-13 17:30

Pre-registration
is now open for the SelectUSA 2013 Investment
Summit!
This first-ever event will take place in
Washington, DC on October 31 and November 1. 

The
two-day SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit will connect international and
domestic investors and firms with economic development organizations (EDOs)
from across the country in an effort to promote investment here and support the
creation of American jobs.

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International Travelers to the United States Post Record Numbers in Visits and Spending

Thu, 2013-06-13 13:20

U.S. Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco
Sánchez highlighted new data today that show spending by international visitors to
the United States in April 2013 totaled nearly $14.5 billion, an increase of
more than 5 percent when compared to April 2012. International visitors have spent
an estimated $57.9 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related services year to
date in 2013 (January through April), an increase of 8 percent when compared to
the same period last year.

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