Small business procurement is one of the largest and most important programs for small businesses across the federal government. In FY2011 the federal government awarded more than $91.5 billion in federal contracts to small businesses, which represented 21.65 percent of small business eligible federal contract dollars. During the first three years of the Obama Administration, the federal government awarded $286.3 billion or 22.07 percent in federal contracting dollars to small businesses. This is a $32 billion increase over the three preceding years even as contracting spending overallRead More
Whether you’re looking to diversify your product line or leverage cheaper-made merchandise, selling imported goods in the U.S. can be an important ingredient in small business success.
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced plans
to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado,
and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to the
already-announced first USPTO satellite office to open on July 13 in Detroit,
Michigan. The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity,
Have you considered dispensing with your cash register or offering more flexible payment options for your customers?
If you’ve ever purchased anything from an Apple store, you’ll recall that they don’t have a single cash register on the premises. Instead, all payment transactions are conducted by Apple’s employees using mobile devices.
Guest blog post by Cameron F. Kerry, Department of
Commerce General Counsel
On June 28, 2004, Iraq's first democratically elected government assumed full
sovereign authority. Eight years later, I joined Iraqi counterparts to
discuss Iraq's next great challenge: integrating itself into the world economy.
Overcoming this challenge is a critical step in Iraq's transition since, as
President Obama has noted, “Iraq is assuming its rightful place among the
community of nations.”
Guest blog post by Donna Dodson, Chief, Computer Security Division and Acting Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyThis week, Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a workshop to kick off the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a new public-private collaboration that will bring together experts from industry, government and academia to design, implement, test and demonstrate integrated cybersecurity solutions and promote their widespread adoption.IT is central to financial,Read More
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary
Rebecca Blank wrapped up her visit to Turkey after co-chairing the second
meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Framework for Strategic Economic and Commercial
Cooperation (FSECC) with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in Ankara
yesterday. The Turkish delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan
and Minister of the Economy Zafer Caglayan.
Cross-posted from ITA Tradeology blog by Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
Today I was fortunate enough to speak at the SMC3 conference in Chicago about the progress we’ve made toward achieving the President’s goal of doubling U.S. exports. SMC3 is
a supply chain industry association that provides technology to
shipping and logistics companies across the country, the very same
companies who ensure the efficient transportation of American exports.
Each year, the conference brings together representatives from America’s
From starting and growing a business to managing operations day-to-day, one thing is certain in business – dealing with laws and regulations.
Whether you are hiring your first employee, formalizing your business structure, or applying for a license, you’ll encounter a hairball of ever-changing federal, state and local rules and regulations.
To help business owners unravel the hairball and get answers, SBA.gov offers a variety of helpful tools and resources.
1. Comply With Universal Business Laws
In yet another Olympian feat of measurement, researchers at Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently calibrated a tape that will be used to measure out the distance of this summer's Olympic marathon—a distance of 26 miles 385 yards—to 1 part in 1,000.Measurement is a vital aspect of the Olympic Games. Officials measure the height of jumps, the speed of races, and the mass of weights to determine who wins a medal and who goes home. The marathon is no different.Read More