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How to Handle When Employees Are Called to Active Military Duty

Wed, 2012-09-19 09:05

Do you have a military veteran, reservist or National Guard service member on your books? If so, it’s a good idea to be aware of what the law requires when it comes to handling employees who may be called to active duty – whether to a war or disaster zone.
Here’s what you need to know:
Know How the Law Protects Employee Rights

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ITA: Metro Exports Driving Economic Growth

Tue, 2012-09-18 14:30

Ed. note: Cross-posted from ITA's Tradeology

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Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Implements Most Provisions of the America Invents Act

Tue, 2012-09-18 13:30

The most significant reform to the U.S. patent system in more than a century is a major step forward as numerous provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 are now in effect. The new rules will spur innovation and economic growth by streamlining the patent application process and introducing new procedures to ensure patent quality. Seven reforms to U.S.

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Un país forjado sobre la diversidad brinda una economía perdurable

Tue, 2012-09-18 12:15

Desde su fundación, millones de personas han arribado a los Estados Unidos con la visión de alcanzar un futuro mejor para ellas y sus familias. La historia de los Estados Unidos tiene sus raíces en la travesía de todas esas personas. El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana nos brinda la oportunidad de no sólo reconocer las enormes aportaciones que los hispanoamericanos han hecho a este país, sino también de cerciorarnos de que existan políticas y programas adecuados que aseguren que dichas aportaciones continúen.

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Traditional Marketing Still Rules

Tue, 2012-09-18 11:39

Have you all but given up on publicizing your small business to newspapers, TV, magazines and radio, instead focusing all your efforts on social media marketing? You could be making a big mistake. A study done this summer showed that despite the prevalence of social media, blogs and websites, Americans still find traditional media the most trustworthy source of information. Here’s what you need to know to get publicity in traditional media.

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A Country Built On Diversity Leads To An Economy Built To Last

Tue, 2012-09-18 11:09

From our founding, people have come to America’s shores with a vision for a better future for themselves and their families. America’s story is rooted in the journey of these individuals. And National Hispanic Heritage month is an opportunity to not only recognize the enormous contributions of Hispanic Americans but to ensure that programs and policies are in place to ensure those contributions continue.

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NASA and SBA to co-host a Google+ Hangout on September 19

Mon, 2012-09-17 17:10

Editor's note: This post by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was originally published on NASA's blog.
Landing the Curiosity rover on Mars was a big feat for NASA, but we could not have done it without the work of small businesses.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, I'm joining Administrator Karen Mills of the Small Business Administration for a Google+ Hangout with ATA Engineering, one of the small businesses that made the Mars Science Laboratory mission landing a success.

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U.S. Population Reaches 314,395,013 on Constitution Day 2012

Mon, 2012-09-17 14:30

Commerce’s U.S. Census Bureau reports that the U.S. population reached 314,395,013 at noon today—the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia. Twenty-five years ago, on the 200th anniversary, the population was 243,636,172. The very first census of 1790 counted 3,929,214 residents. Today, September 17, is recognized as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S.

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5 Essential Online Tax Tools for Small Business Owners from

Mon, 2012-09-17 12:07

Have questions about small business taxes? Need a quick tutorial in any aspect of business taxes? Perhaps all you want is a reminder of key tax dates and deadlines? is a resource-rich site home to numerous online tools designed specifically for small business owners and the self-employed. Whether you are looking for answers or just need to improve your financial literacy, has a lot to offer. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s available from
1. IRS Virtual Tax Workshop for New Small Businesses

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Job-Creating Culinary Center Opens in Philadelphia with EDA Support

Fri, 2012-09-14 16:30

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentProviding office space and support for budding entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses while boosting the synergies offered by their developing ideas, skills, and products is a critical economic development strategy.This is exactly what I saw today in Philadelphia, when I attended the opening of the new Dorrance H.

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