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Fri, 2011-06-24 12:54

Guest blog by Anna M. Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and InformationYesterday I was happy to participate in a panel discussion about broadband at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual conference in San Antonio. NALEO members recognize that broadband Internet is one of the tools necessary to help their communities thrive in today's economy.

Fri, 2011-06-17 15:00

Guest blog by Robert Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau.Major economic statistics tell us fundamental facts about the
state of the economy – where we have been and how we are doing.  They allow citizens, businesses, and
governments to assess how things are going. 
Examples of such statistics include Gross Domestic Product (GDP), produced
by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA); U.S. international trade in
goods and services, produced by the U.S. Census Bureau; and the consumer and

Wed, 2011-06-08 12:15

Guest blog post by Ari Schwartz, Internet Policy Adviser at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and member of the Internet Policy Task Force at the Department of Commerce.

As we all know, the Internet
has led to incredible commercial growth and an unprecedented means for
self-expression and innovation.  Some industry analysts now estimate that
the Internet now carries some $10 trillion in online transactions annually.

Wed, 2011-06-01 16:29

Getting started as an entrepreneur can be an exciting, and at times scary, thought for young people. First-time business owners face many challenges on the path to becoming successful, such as obtaining credit, complying with regulations, and building a customer base.
In May, we asked business owners in the SBA community for suggestions they wish someone would have given them before starting a business. Here are some of their tips:
Develop a solid business plan

Tue, 2011-05-31 14:00

Guest blog post by Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, American Library Association Washington OfficeResearch
confirms that digital opportunity depends not only on access to computers and
broadband, but the competencies necessary to successfully navigate the online
world and be more competitive in the 21st century. America’s
libraries are on the forefront of connecting learners of all ages with formal
and informal digital literacy skills training, as well as access to a wide
range of technology resources.

Thu, 2011-05-26 12:15

blog post by Dr.
Rebecca Blank, Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.In
January, President Obama issued
an executive order outlining his plan to create a 21st century
regulatory system that encourages job creation, economic growth and U.S.
competitiveness. The idea was to make it simpler, smarter and more efficient,
while still protecting the health and safety of the American people.  As a
key part of that plan, he called upon government agencies to conduct a

Thu, 2011-05-19 14:45

Guest blog post by Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.On
Tuesday, I joined a group of Hispanic
community development leaders in San Francisco to launch the Latino Tech-Net
Initiative, a Recovery Act project spearheaded by the Mission
Economic Development Agency, or MEDA, which is equipping 17 computer
centers in 11 cities across the country with equipment, software, and training

Fri, 2011-05-13 13:34

Guest blog post by Anneesh Chopra, White House Chief Technology Officer, and Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of
CommerceToday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke launched, a new online portal to help Americans find jobs and obtain
the 21st century skills being sought by today’s employers.
The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA) developed in partnership

Fri, 2011-05-13 11:30

Locke visits Recovery Act-funded public computer center
in Baltimore, unveils new website to improve computer and
Internet skills in America
At a public
computing center in Baltimore, Md., today, Secretary Gary Locke announced a
digital literacy initiative that works to expand economic and educational
opportunities in America. Locke was joined by
U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski
(D-MD) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) to unveil, a new


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