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Preparing for the 2020 Census: Measuring Race and Ethnicity in America

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:21

Cross blog post by John Thompson, U.S. Census Bureau DirectorThe year 2020 may seem a long way away, but we’re already in full swing preparing for the next decennial census. We held an operations update to announce some of the steps we’re taking to ensure that the 2020 Census provides the highest-quality statistics about our nation’s increasingly changing population, such as how we measure race and ethnicity.One challenge we face is how Americans view race and ethnicity differently than in decades past.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Sara A. Rosario, U.S. Census Bureau

Tue, 2014-10-07 11:45

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last in honor of Hispanic Heritage MonthGuest blog post by Sara A. Rosario
Nieves, U.S. Census BureauAs the Census
Scientific Advisory Committee coordinator, I help determine Census Bureau operations
and programs that need scientific advice. By working with the committee —
established by the Secretary of Commerce as an advisory body to the Census

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MBDA National Director Alejandra Castillo Challenges Young Latina Entrepreneurs to Think Big

Tue, 2014-10-07 11:15

Last week, Alejandra Castillo, the first Hispanic
American woman appointed as the National Director of the Minority Business
Development Agency, participated in a panel discussion at the Latinas Think Big
Innovation Summit at Google’s Mountain View Campus. The
Summit brought together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and
influencers to exchange ideas, address important issues, and connect attendees
to high-caliber networks.

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33 Creative Ideas for Small Business Holiday Marketing

Tue, 2014-10-07 00:00

The holidays are coming, and we all know what that means for retailers. But retailers aren’t the only ones who can get in on the holiday shopping game. Whether you own a store, restaurant, service...

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The President Meets with Senior Staff to Discuss the U.S. Response to Ebola

Mon, 2014-10-06 18:50

Update: October 15, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that two health care workers at Texas Presbyterian Hospital -- who both provided care for an Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas -- have also tested positive for Ebola, and have since been isolated.

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The American Dream Needs a Fair Minimum Wage

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:05

My life is a tribute to the American Dream. My business partner and I started with 300 record albums and a $20 booth at the local farmers market in 1979. Today, Vintage Vinyl is the largest independent music store in the Midwest. We stage 150 in-store concerts a year and are known internationally for recorded music in all forms.
We built our business on wages above the minimum. This has given us devoted long-term employees whose ongoing relationships with customers have been vital to our success.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Efrain Gonzalez, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, BusinessUSA

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:37

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce
and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

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Driving Development of Clean Energy

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:24

Since the President took office, we have made unprecedented progress transforming America into a clean energy economy built to last. The amount of electricity we get from the wind has tripled, and solar electricity production has increased by tenfold.

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Vice President Biden at the Reopening of Joplin High School: “We Never Stop. And We Always Rebuild.”

Mon, 2014-10-06 11:17

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Joplin High School dedication ceremony in Joplin, Missouri, October 3, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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President’s Export Council Espouses Commercial Diplomacy

Mon, 2014-10-06 10:45

Guest blog post by Robert Wolf, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 32 Advisors.As a member of the President’s Export Council (PEC), I had the good fortune of going to Poland and Turkey with a group led by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker along with CEOs from Archer Daniels Midland, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, UPS, Vermeer and Xerox as well as representatives from other member firms.  The PEC, comprised of companies with an aggregate market capital of over $850 billion, chose Poland and Turkey for our inaugural trip with the Secretary as we view these countries, first and foremost, as

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