Report released to coincide with 22nd anniversary of the ADAAbout 56.7 million people—19 percent of the population—had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released today by the Commerce Department's U.S.Read More
SBA has just concluded the public comment period for the size rules on the SBIR program. As we had hoped, the input and comments we received on the rules were robust and included a wide range of opinions. As we now begin the process of digesting the comments and evaluating how to change the proposed rules, I’d like to take this opportunity to let people know where we go from here.
Here are four things you should know about the proposed SBIR size rules:
Do you think of yourself as a flexible employer or even just a nice one?
According to a recent report by the California Chamber of Commerce (and covered here by OPEN Forum) – The Top 10 Things Employers Do to Get Sued – many small business owners may unintentionally be violating employment laws even as they are just trying to be flexible or nice. Much of the problem arises from the fact that state laws vary enormously. But some of these mistakes are universal and are often prohibited by federal law.
Acting Secretary Blank continued her trip through Missouri today. She traveled to St. Louis to attend a roundtable breakfast with business owners from a range of industries hosted by Helix Center Biotech Incubator, an innovation facility owned and operated by the St. Louis County Economic Council. She was joined by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charley Dooley.Acting Secretary Blank wrapped up her trip with a visit to Wilco Molding, Inc. a third-generation family-owned custom plastic injection molder as well as a tool and mold machine shop. There, Dr.Read More
blog by Terry Calaway, President, Johnson County Community CollegeED NOTE: With 50,000 students a year enrolled in credit and noncredit classes, Johnson County Community College is the state’s largest institution of higher education. JCCC offers a full range of undergraduate credit courses and 50 career and certificate programs that prepare students for employment. JCCC’s noncredit workforce development program is the largest, most comprehensive in the Kansas City area.Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in
Under Secretary and United States Patent and Trademark Office
Director David Kappos briefed southern California innovators on the many ways
the Obama administration is advancing U.S. innovation. He met with technology
entrepreneurs at Powerwave
Technologies in Santa Ana, California, hosted by
Southern California’s TechVoice chapter in conjunction with CompTIA and locally-based Technology
Leadership Political Action Committee (TLPAC). The USPTO is on the eve of
publishing a series of new rules implementing the America Invents Act, signed
Guest blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankI am back in my home state of Missouri today, so it is even more of a
treat to witness firsthand the resurgence in American manufacturing. I
visited two manufacturers today—the A. Zahner Company, in Kansas City, and
Environmental Dynamics International (EDI), in Columbia—and had the chance to
talk to some remarkable local businesses leaders and entrepreneurs in
Today, more than 250,000 service members are transitioning each year from the military to civilian life. These men and women are proven leaders and they have the skills and experience needed to be outstanding business leaders. Veterans over-index in entrepreneurship. One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners, and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting or buying their own business.Read More
With small businesses that rely on agriculture facing financial hardship as a result of the worst drought to hit the United States in more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week declared drought disaster areas in nearly half of the counties in the U.S. (1,430 counties out of 3,033) in 32 states.
The U.S. Census Bureau today launched an interactive global resource on the
prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. The database was
developed in 1987 and now holds 149,000 statistics, an increase of approximately
10,800 new estimates in the last year, making it the most complete of its kind
in the world. The launch comes as thousands of people worldwide meet in
Washington, D.C., for the International AIDS
Conference this week.