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Exports Hit Record Highs in 200 Metro Areas

Fri, 2012-09-14 15:30

Guest post from Natalie Soroka, Economist in the Office of Industry Analysis within the International Trade Administration2011 was a good year for U.S. Metropolitan Area Exporters. Of the 367 metro areas with available data (due to Federal disclosure regulations), 206 saw record-high merchandise exports in 2011. Overall, exports from all metropolitan areas increased by 16 percent from 2010 to total $1.31 trillion in 2011.

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Jacob Taylor, NIST Physicist, Receives Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Public Service

Fri, 2012-09-14 15:00

On Thursday evening, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jacob Taylor received a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) for his advanced scientific research, which has potential for advances in health care, communications, computing, and technology.

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NIST Unveils Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility to Improve Testing of Energy-Efficient Technologies

Thu, 2012-09-13 11:15

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, the
Commerce Department’s National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory
designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of
four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. Following an initial
year-long experiment, the facility will be used to improve test methods for
energy-efficient technologies and develop cost-effective design standards for
energy-efficient homes that could reduce overall energy consumption and harmful

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How to Succeed as a Young Entrepreneur – Essential Resources

Thu, 2012-09-13 04:19

According to Kauffman Foundation, young entrepreneurship in the U.S. is on the rise, with the 20-34 age group comprising 29 percent of the total new entrepreneurship activity in 2011.
Entrepreneurship can be an exciting adventure, and for the young it can be easier than you might think. The barriers – including cost of entry –are low, (working at home, online, etc.), and younger people are often unconstrained by the commitments of family and marriage.

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Acting Secretary Blank Delivers Remarks at National Automobile Dealers Association Conference

Wed, 2012-09-12 15:45

This morning, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered remarks at the National Automobile Dealers Association Legislative Conference. In her remarks, the Acting Secretary discussed how the Obama administration is working to strengthen the U.S. automobile industry, grow the economy and create jobs.New car sales are beating expectations, having just seen the best August sales since 2009—nearly 1.3 million cars and trucks were sold last month. So far this year, sales for new cars are up 20 percent and sales for light-duty trucks are up more than 10 percent.

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New SBA Online Course Targets Green Entrepreneurs; Offers Tips on Adopting Green Business

Wed, 2012-09-12 12:37

A new focus on environmental responsibility is making it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to “make a difference.” There’s not only a huge variety of organic and eco-friendly products on retail store shelves to help Americans protect our ecosystem, but there are also vast new opportunities open to entrepreneurs who can provide green products to consumers.
This is more than a passing fad. This is big business for environmentally minded entrepreneurs. You can make your business greener and develop products and services to help others make theirs greener.

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2011 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States Report

Wed, 2012-09-12 11:15

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its report on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States in 2011. As we continue to fight back from the worst economic crisis since
the Great Depression, the Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage report
released today provides further evidence of how critical it is that we
implement policies that benefit and create security for struggling families and
our middle class—and not just the wealthiest Americans. 

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5 Tax Breaks to Help See You through a Storm or Other Devastating Event

Wed, 2012-09-12 09:42

Every year, countless businesses across the country experience hurricanes, blizzards, power outages, fires, tornados, and other events that can temporarily disrupt activities and, in some cases, put them out of business. For instance, in *2010, there were 98,000 fires to nonresidential structures, resulting in $2.6 billion in property damage. Hopefully, business owners are smart enough to carry adequate insurance to offset their property losses and have business recovery plans that enable them to function again.

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Selling Your Business? You May Need to Negotiate a Non-Compete Agreement

Wed, 2012-09-12 04:15

Non-compete agreements are commonplace in the workplace, particularly in specialist industries. However, their enforceability varies from state-to-state. California, for example, prohibits them entirely.
But non-competes can also come into play when you sell your business, particularly if you have plans to stay in the same industry. These agreements protect the new business owner against you opening a similar business for a certain amount of time, usually in the same geographic area.

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New SizeUp Tool Delivers Free Customized Business Analysis to Small Businesses

Tue, 2012-09-11 12:19

In today's challenging economic environment, where small businesses create two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., help for small businesses is more critical than ever before. A key foundation of success in business is to leverage data analysis to discover insights and make smarter decisions. Delivering these types of services online provides the greatest opportunity to reach the most businesses. That's why SBA has made available SizeUp, an online small business support service that can deliver customized business analysis to an unlimited number of businesses.

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