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Remarks on the Anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

Wed, 2013-05-15 16:30

AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERYWednesday, May 15, 2013CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS202-482-4883Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankRemarks on the Anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion AgreementThank
you, Vice Minister Duque. Buenas tardes. I also want to recognize Ambassador

you to our organizers today: Camilo Reyes and everyone at the American Chamber
of Commerce. And thanks to Ricardo Triana and Francisco Thiermann and the folks
at the Council of American Enterprises. 

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Mentoring is Key to Small Business Success

Wed, 2013-05-15 15:30

A lot has been written about why having a mentor is a good idea for entrepreneurs. One great article by Peter Cohan of Inc., gives seven reasons you need a mentor and another over on Tech Start Hub provides six. It’s clear that the experts agree: working with a mentor has a positive impact on startups.
But I want to show you evidence – hard numbers – that proves that mentorship really does create greater success for small businesses:

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RFP-EZ Delivers Savings for Taxpayers, New Opportunities for Small Business

Wed, 2013-05-15 13:09

America’s small information technology firms are some of the most innovative in the world. They are nimble, creative and can get the job done. And thanks to a new online government platform, it is getting easier for them to address some of the Federal Government’s most pressing IT needs. It’s a win-win: Small technology companies get easier access to the Federal Government’s nearly $77 billion information technology supply chain, providing a potentially critical revenue stream as they build their operations.

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Aviation Partnership Reaping Benefits for America and Brazil

Wed, 2013-05-15 13:02

Guest blog post by Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca BlankYesterday, as part of my infrastructure business development trade mission to Brazil, Assistant Secretary Susan Kurland of the U.S. Department of Transportation and I took a tour of the facilities at Embraer -- a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. Embraer is one example of a Brazilian company making substantial investments in the United States, and employs more than 1,000 U.S. workers to support its U.S. operations in Ft.

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5 Tips for Hiring and Managing a Summer Intern

Wed, 2013-05-15 07:35

Is your small business looking to hire an intern this summer? You’re not alone! According to a December 2012 survey by, 53 percent of the 300 companies surveyed plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012.

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Need Help Exporting? Join SBA’s Google+ Hangout for Tips to Get You Started

Tue, 2013-05-14 18:25

Thinking about exporting, but don’t know where to start?  As part of World Trade Month, SBA will host a Google+ Hangout on May 22. The hangout will highlight ways that business can use federal government resources to increase exports.
Wednesday, May 22 at 3pm ET

Dario Gomez, U.S. Small Business Administration, Associate Administrator for International Trade

Antwaun Griffin, U.S. Department of Commerce- International Trade Administration, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations

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Acting Secretary Blank Meets with Brazilian CEOs, Promotes SelectUSA Investment Summit

Tue, 2013-05-14 13:45

Acting Secretary Blank met with a group of Brazilian CEOs to hear their
priorities for doing business with
the U.S. and to propose possible areas for close collaboration
with American businesses. One area in which U.S. and Brazilian firms can
work together is on infrastructure development, which is one reason why Acting

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How to Market Your Business with Public Speaking

Tue, 2013-05-14 11:44

Are you looking for a way to attract new customers, meet potential prospects and partners, and become known as an expert in your industry? Public speaking can do all of the above, and more.
If you feel like public speaking isn’t even an option for you because you’re shy, think again. I’m shy myself, though you wouldn’t know it to see me addressing conferences, crowds and audiences all over the country. Trust me, public speaking gets easier with practice—and it’s worth the effort.

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Infrastructure Business Development Trade Mission to Brazil, Colombia and Panama Begins Today

Mon, 2013-05-13 14:50

week, Acting
Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank will lead an infrastructure business
development trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama, countries that
have created robust infrastructure development plans for the coming years. This
mission directly supports President Obama’s
National Export Initiative, which set the goal of doubling U.S. exports by the
end of 2014 and creating an additional 2 million jobs supported by exports.
Throughout the course of the mission, 20 U.S. firms will join the Acting

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Turning Your Tablet into a Point of Sale System – Is it Time to Make the Switch?

Mon, 2013-05-13 07:43

Considering upgrading your business’ point of sale system (POS) to one that runs on a mobile device or tablet?

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