This week, the Commerce Department's Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director
of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos is in Orlando, Fla., to hear directly from small business
leaders as part of the White
House Business Council Roundtable series being held across the country. Engaging
with innovators and entrepreneurs in the state’s vibrant Space Coast community,
Kappos is gaining additional perspective on the regional business climate and using
Forecasters have a higher confidence for an active seasonThe Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its updated 2011 Atlantic hurricane season outlook today
raising the number of expected named storms from its pre-season
outlook issued in May. Forecasters also increased their confidence that
2011 will be an active Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, updates its Atlantic hurricane season outlook every August.
Guest blog post by Anthony G. Wilhelm, Director,
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA)
Guest blog post by Anna M. Gomez, Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Deputy
Administrator, NTIAThis week
construction began on a fiber-optic network that will bring broadband Internet
service to more than 120 communities in western and north central Massachusetts.
Thanks in large part to a $45.4 million Recovery Act investment from NTIA, the
project will help residents and businesses in these underserved parts of the
state to better compete in today’s knowledge-based economy.
Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is enabling
job creation and growth within minority-owned companies as they expand through
innovation and untapped resources. MBDA has 50 business development centers and
regional offices throughout the country and is preparing to open its newest
business center in Cleveland, Ohio, in September to continue to create an environment
for support, technical training and access to capital, contracts and to
markets for business owners there.
White House Chief of Staff
and former Commerce Secretary William Daley delivered the keynote address to the Bureau of Industry and
Security's 24th Annual Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy. Mr.
Daley and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who also addressed the conference,
both highlighted the administration’s continued priority for the Export Control
Reform Initiative as a national security imperative. In his remarks, Under Secretary of
The exhibition, The Great American Hall of Wonders, examining the 19th-century American belief that the people of the United States shared a special genius for innovation, is now open at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is a collaborative effort between the museum and Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and explores six subjects – three natural resources, three man-made inventions – that helped shape America during this period: the buffalo, Giant Sequoia, Niagara Falls, the gun, the railroad and the clock.
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of
the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of
winning the future through their work.
Innovation is a principal driver behind our nation’s
economic growth and job creation. The United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) serves America’s innovators by granting the intellectual property rights they
need to secure investment capital, build companies, and bring their products
and services to the global marketplace. USPTO is an integral partner in
President Obama’s drive to create the foundation for our economic future where
we out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. USPTO
Getting back to business after a disaster depends on how prepared you are today. As a small business owner, you invest your time, money and effort to make a venture successful. Having an emergency plan in place before a disaster strikes can mean staying in business after a disaster, and in some cases, saving your company. As hurricane season begins, disaster preparedness is critical.