Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Matt ErskineWhen a natural disaster hits a community—whether it is a flood, a tornado, or any other kind of disaster—it does more than wreak havoc on homes and personal lives. It also has devastating, long-term effects on the economic life of those communities, destroying vital infrastructure, such as public utilities, transportation links, and communications systems on which businesses depend.I’m happy to announce today that the U.S.Read More
Are you writing a business plan? Planning to expand into new markets?
Then it’s worth knowing that Uncle Sam offers access to free data that can help you understand your market and analyze consumer trends and demographics. In fact, the federal government is the largest producer of data in the U.S. with numerous offices dedicated to collecting, analyzing and providing free access to their findings – good news for budget-conscious small business owners.
Here are five government sources of market data and statistics that may boost your market research efforts:
Are you a small disadvantaged business owner participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program? Are you interested in learning about opportunities to partner with larger businesses and being mentored by graduates of the 8(a) program on business development and possible federal contract opportunities?
If your answer is “yes”, then you don’t want to miss SBA’s 14-City Mentor-Protégé Matchmaker Conference coming to a city near you!
SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Conference -- What is it?
In a first ever visit to Jaipur by a U.S. Commerce Secretary, Secretary Bryson led his 16-business trade delegation there to see first-hand the vast business opportunities available in India’s rapidly expanding infrastructure sector and to promote bilateral cooperation on innovation.Upon arrival in Jaipur, Secretary Bryson and the delegation met with senior Rajasthan state government officials and business leaders to explore how U.S. technology and products can support Rajasthan’s infrastructure development goals. Bryson said he is confident that trade between the U.S.Read More
If you are starting an online business, conducting email marketing, or interacting with your customers via your website, then you need to be aware of and adhere to online privacy policies.
The celebration of Women’s History Month gives us a chance to reflect on the important role women business owners play in our economy. In fact, women-owned businesses represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned firms grew 44% from 1997 to 2007, twice as fast as male-owned firms. There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the US and 88% of these are small businesses. Women continue to start businesses in this country, making it imperative for them to have the right tools to be successful.Read More
Guest blog post by Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco SanchezThis story is part of an ongoing series
highlighting the information available to participants in the 2012 Asia Pacific Business
Outlook (APBO)This is my second year keynoting the 25-year old USC
Marshall School’s Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO)
Conference. It was great to see the diversity of participants, from
representatives of businesses across the United States, as well as non-profit
Last week, the White House Business Council and SBA hosted an Urban Economic Forum in Los Angeles, CA to help connect entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national resources they need to start, grow and create jobs. The Urban Economic Forum is a multi-city series designed to help urban small business owners create an economy built to last. This week, we are taking the Urban Economic Forum to Las Vegas, NV.
Secretary John Bryson promoted partnerships between U.S. and Indian businesses as he discussed the U.S.-India trade relationship during meetings with several Indian government officials in New Delhi today, the second day of his five-day trade mission to India.“It’s clear that if American and Indian businesses work together, we can build India’s infrastructure in a way that brings inclusive growth, greater prosperity, and job creation in both countries,” Bryson said. “U.S.Read More
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which
highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
president's vision of an America Built to Last.As Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I oversee all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks
organization including policy, operations and budget relating to trademark
examination, registration and maintenance. The main functions of the Trademark office are