Ed. note: Cross-posted from ITA's Tradeology blog. Sophia Lu is a Fellow at the International Trade Administration Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental AffairsOn October 2, Under Secretary of Commerce for
International Trade Francisco Sánchez commenced a four-city tour of
American manufacturing cities to promote the benefits of strengthening
America’s manufacturers and expanding U.S. exports to create jobs. This
“Made in America Manufacturing Tour” supports President Obama’s National
If you are in start-up mode and want to launch a new product, secure private funding or bring visibility to your company, then public relations is an essential tool for your box. But how do you get started if you have few resources? Here are some tips for things you can do on your own, without the help of a PR agency or expert, to get visibility for your business with potential customers or financiers.
Despite signs of economic recovery, countless Americans are still dealing with layoffs and unemployment. As often happens when the economy slows, many Americans respond by using unemployment as a springboard to business ownership.
But unemployed workers face a fundamental challenge when it comes to starting a business – how do you start a business if you risk losing your unemployment benefits simply because you aren’t actively looking for a career-job?
First-of-its-kind campus collaboration will provide USPTO and Commerce resources directly to students, faculty and industry, help accelerate commercialization of new technologiesToday Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank was joined by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and Cornell University President David J. Skorton to announce a groundbreaking agreement between the Commerce Department and Cornell University that will promote growth for American businesses and entrepreneurs. U.S.Read More
Due diligence, the research part of buying a franchise, includes several different things. If you’ve never worked through the process of researching one before, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll miss something.
And, it all starts by knowing what to ask.
Franchise research encompasses a lot of different things. Some of the obvious ones include:
· Learning about the operation
· Contacting existing franchisees
· Figuring out the financials
· Checking out the competition
· Visiting franchise headquarters*
Ed. note: Cross-posted from ITA's Tradeology blog by Maureen Hinman, Environmental Technology Trade Specialist in ITA’s Office of Energy and Environmental IndustriesEPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Commerce Under Secretary Francisco J.Read More
Need reminders about key tax filing and reporting dates? Have questions about business taxes in general? Then you might want to check out the IRS’ free Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed.
Navigating the tax year as a business owner is no small feat, whether you are a freelance, start-up or growing small business. The tax landscape is ever-changing with new legislation and tax provisions impacting small businesses year-round.
Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentTo coincide with National Preparedness Month, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has just launched the newly redesigned RestoreYourEconomy.org website.Developed with funding from the U.S.Read More
October is National Women’s Small Business Month. Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community. Today, about 30 percent of small businesses are owned by women, compared to about 5 percent in 1970.
Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau today released a report that shows that in many of the largest cities of the most-populous metro areas, downtown is becoming a place not only to work but also to live. Between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, metro areas with five million or more people experienced double-digit population growth rates within their downtown areas (within a two-mile radius of their largest city’s city hall), more than double the rate of these areas overall.Chicago experienced the largest numeric gain in its downtown area, with a net increase of 48,000 residents over 10 years.Read More