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Rapiscan Hopes to Facilitate Trade and Enhance Security in Latin America

Fri, 2013-05-10 15:00

Guest post by Peter Kant, President, Rapiscan AmericasED Note: Rapiscan Systems is the largest US manufacturer and supplier of security inspection systems and services.  Rapiscan specializes in airport, cargo and major event security systems and provides high-technology security scanners and scanning operational services.Rapiscan is honored and excited to join Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank on the infrastructure trade mission to
Brazil, Panama and Colombia next week. Having participated in trade missions in

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Latin America Presents Growing Opportunities for American Companies

Fri, 2013-05-10 14:45

Upcoming trade mission to promote U.S. exports and job creation

Guest blog post by Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank

With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside U.S.
borders, helping U.S. companies find
partnerships and customers in fast-growing markets is crucial to creating a
strong and vibrant economy built on good middle class jobs.

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Obama Administration Seeks Applicants for First Phase of ‘Investing in Manufacturing Communities’ Partnership

Thu, 2013-05-09 10:00

Effort will encourage
an improved approach to economic development around the countryThe Obama
Administration today announced that it is accepting applications for the first
phase of the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities” Partnership, a new
initiative outlined in the President’s fiscal year 2014 budget that will
help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs across the
country.

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7 Inspiring Home Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Moms (or Dads)

Thu, 2013-05-09 06:57

Are you a stay-at-home mom (or dad)? Hoping to kick start an entrepreneurial dream or simply looking to bring in some extra income?
Starting a home-based business is a great way to do this. In fact, 52 percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses (source) and many of today’s biggest brand names were established by stay-at-home moms – (Dorothy) Gerber, Mrs. (Debbi) Fields, and Julie Aigner-Clark (Baby Einstein), to name but a few. But what types of businesses can grow and thrive in the home environment?

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7 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Fraud and Cybercrime

Wed, 2013-05-08 06:57

How secure are your small business assets from fraud, identity theft and cybercrime?
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), companies with less than 100 employees lose approximately $155,000 as a result of fraud each year. Small businesses also have a higher fraud rate than larger companies and non-business owners. One of the most frequent sources of fraud is credit card abuse – largely due to the fact that few business owners actually take the time to go through every line item on their bill or choose to mingle business and personal accounts.

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A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

Tue, 2013-05-07 13:38

 
 
Note: This blog is by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and first appeared at Healthcare.gov on April 30.
Today, we take one more step toward meeting the promise of helping millions of Americans access quality, affordable health coverage.

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How to Restore Your Credit After Hard Times

Tue, 2013-05-07 09:44

Getting your financial life and credit back on track after going through tough economic times is not an impossible task by any means, but it does require an effective and proven plan.
Whether you had to file for bankruptcy; went through a foreclosure; dealt with excessive late payments, collections, judgments; a repossession; or the dreaded tax lien, the good news is there is hope in recovering and re-establishing a good credit rating.

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International Visitors Spent $14.4 Billion in the United States in March 2013

Mon, 2013-05-06 10:30

Firs-quarter U.S. Travel and Tourism exports contribute $43 billion to the U.S. economyU.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank highlighted new data today that shows spending by international visitors to the United States in March 2013 totaled more than $14.4 billion, an increase of nearly 3 percent when compared to last year. International visitors spent $43 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the first quarter of 2013.

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Let Us Know About Innovators and Leaders in Small Business Financing

Fri, 2013-05-03 17:10

This blog is by Don Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Housing, and Community Development Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury and has served as Executive Director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. This blog first appeared at Treasury.Gov.

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USPTO Honors Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

Thu, 2013-05-02 15:00

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had
the exciting privilege of honoring 17 of America’s greatest innovators Wednesday
night, when they were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in
ceremonies held at the USPTO’s Alexandria, Va., headquarters. Acting Under
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the
USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea conferred induction medals to visionary inventors whose
patented innovations include the electronic synthesizer, flat panel plasma

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