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Spotlight on Commerce: Carly Montoya, Director of Advance, Office of the Secretary

Fri, 2012-10-12 14:30

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 Carly Montoya, Director of Advance, Office of the SecretaryI grew up in Pueblo, Colorado.  My father, Jim, started off as a migrant farm
worker and later put four children and my mom through college.   My mother, Pat, started off as a beautician
and later went to college when I was in middle school while still raising four

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New Cluster Grants Build On Successful Public-Private Partnerships

Fri, 2012-10-12 12:40

Two years ago, SBA pioneered the federal government’s first regional cluster strategy and I’m proud to say we’ve already seen the tangible benefits of these investments:

Our research shows small business participation in our 10 pilot clusters increased by more than 275 percent in just one year;

Employment grew on average by more than 11 percent in the small businesses that participated in the 10 pilot clusters; and

More than two-thirds (69 percent) of small businesses that sought cluster support reported that they developed new products and services.

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Characters Featured at the USPTO’s Trademark Expo Visit the Children’s National Medical Center

Fri, 2012-10-12 10:06

The
costumed characters featured at the USPTO’s upcoming Trademark Expo visited the
Children’s National Medical Center today. 
Volunteers passed out Trademark Activity Guides, helped children
complete activities involving characters that are registered trademarks, and
taught children about familiar trademarks.  The visit included an
introductory statement by Commissioner for Trademarks Deborah Cohn, a musical parade
of costumed characters, a presentation challenging children to identify the

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Spotlight on Commerce: Danny Meza, Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Industry and Security

Thu, 2012-10-11 14:30

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 Danny Meza, Senior
Adviser to the Under Secretary for Industry and Security in the Office of
Congressional and Public AffairsAs Senior Adviser to the Under
Secretary for Industry and Security in the Office of Congressional and Public
Affairs, I advise the Under Secretary on legislative matters that impact the

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How New Legislation will Support Our Textile Industry

Thu, 2012-10-11 14:15

Ed. note: Cross-posted from ITA's Tradeology blog. Kim Glas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for textiles and apparel within the International Trade Administration’s Import Administration division.I am visiting North Carolina today with the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez to see first-hand two state of the art textile companies–Unifi and A&E.

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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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