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Spotlight on Commerce: Ana Valentin, Statistician, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service

Thu, 2012-10-11 11:15

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.Guest blog post by Ana Valentin, Survey Statistician, Fisheries Statistics Division of the Office of Science and Technology, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.My dearest friend Albert Einstein said, "The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable
receiving." Giving is the driver that motivated me to pursue a public service

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10 Partnerships Selected through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to Support American Manufacturing and Encourage Investment in the U.S.

Thu, 2012-10-11 11:00

The Obama administration announced that 10 public-private partnerships across America will receive $20 million in total awards to help revitalize American manufacturing and encourage companies to invest in the United States. These Investments will promote job creation and economic growth in local
industry clusters in Arizona, California, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,

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7 Tips for Dealing With Criticism of Your Business on Social Media

Thu, 2012-10-11 07:15

Not sure how to handle negative comments or criticism of your business on social media? Is the open nature of social media actually stopping you from jumping on board?
Receiving criticism is never easy; it can also damage your business reputation. However, feedback and criticism in an open and social forum also gives your business an opportunity to deflect negativity and even earn you respect – if you handle it right.   
Here are some steps you can take to manage criticism of your business, products, or even staff on social media and online review sites.

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Government Contracting Made Easy: SBA Introduces A New 8(a) Training Course For Small Businesses

Wed, 2012-10-10 11:00

Government contracting provides the leg-up small businesses need to meet their bottom line and become sustainable.  Here at the SBA, and across the Administration, we see government contracting as a win-win. The Federal government gets to work with some of the most innovative, forward-thinking companies. And small firms get tapped into the supply chain of one of the largest buyers in the world. 

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Spotlight on Commerce: Cristina Bartolomei, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist and Hispanic Employment Manager

Wed, 2012-10-10 11:00

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.Guest blog by Cristina
Bartolomei, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist and Hispanic Employment

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Budgeting for the Coming Year

Wed, 2012-10-10 08:57

Now that we're in the fourth quarter of the year, it's time to get ready for 2013. There is much to do from a financial, legal and tax perspective. In this article are guidelines for mapping out your company’s financial plans for 2013. In upcoming articles, you’ll see what legal steps you should take and last-minute tax planning moves you should make before the end of the year.
Overview of budgeting

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Which Employment Laws Apply to Your Business? There’s an E-Tool for That!

Wed, 2012-10-10 07:22

Hiring your first employee or building your business team opens whole new areas for compliance in employment and labor law. Laws are broad and far reaching and cover a broad range: preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace, workplace poster requirements, wage and hour laws, workers compensation regulations, and more.

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NIST's David J. Wineland Wins 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics

Tue, 2012-10-09 15:45

David J. Wineland, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics. The honor is NIST’s fourth Nobel prize in physics in the past 15 years.Wineland shared the prize with Serge Haroche of the Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.

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An Inclusive Vision Of Entrepreneurship

Tue, 2012-10-09 11:23

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the National Association of Women Business Owner’s (NAWBO) conference in Louisville. It was a chance to talk about the issues and the opportunities that women business owners and entrepreneurs face as they build innovative and successful companies across the United States.
Forty years ago, women owned just 5 percent of all small businesses. Today, women own 30 percent, which equals a total of 7.8 million companies generating $1.2 trillion a year in sales.

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8 Tips for Training your Small Business Employees on a Budget

Tue, 2012-10-09 07:08

Well-trained employees are essential to the success of your business. Unfortunately, in a bad economy, a business’ training budget is often the first thing cut. It may make sense at the time, but the long-term implications can far outweigh the immediate costs saved.

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