President Obama recently laid out plans in his State of the Union address to foster an economy that’s built to last by ensuring that America has the highly skilled workers necessary for 21st century jobs. Yesterday, Acting Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, where she visited the Madison Area Technical College, a training ground for students that leads directly to skilled manufacturing jobs nationwide. Blank met with students and sat in on a training class focused on hybrid vehicle technology.Read More
Teacher at Sea Program (TAS) prepares for its 2012 season, the lessons and materials
created by its participants from the 2011 season are making it into the hands
of their eager students around the U.S. In 2011, 34 teachers representing
21 states, participated in NOAA research cruises, involving science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts that can be integrated into
their daily lessons. One of the goals of the TAS program is that teachers understand
Did you know the U.S. federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year? It’s a lucrative business opportunity, indeed!
However, selling to the federal government demands a completely different go-to-market approach than does the commercial sector. And because a certain amount of Uncle Sam’s budget is specifically set aside for small businesses, you’ll also need to meet a few regulatory formalities to make sure you’re qualified and registered to sell to the government.
In today’s information-age economy, broadband is becoming a necessity for anyone searching for or applying for a job. Many job openings are only posted online. And about 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies only accept applications online. What’s more, in the current job market, digital literacy skills are often a requirement. For example, about 60 percent of working Americans use the Internet as an integral part of their jobs. Yet too many Americans lack the broadband access or skills needed to succeed in the workforce.Read More
In late January, SBA Administrator Karen Mills spoke before an audience of entrepreneurs at one of the top business forums in the country.
Guest blog post by Commerce Assistant Secretary
Data from the Department of Commerce reveal that minority-owned firms are an
engine of job growth and are more likely to export than non-minority-owned
firms. These firms account for $1 trillion in gross receipts and
employ almost six million Americans. To bolster the economic impact of
minority entrepreneurs across the county, the National Advisory Council on
Minority Business Enterprise (NACMBE) was established in April 2010.
In his State
of the Union address, President Obama laid out an ambitious goal to train 2
million workers with the necessary skills to land a job. What are those skills in a 21st
century economy? As we have written previously
in this blog, the fields of science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) play a critical role in America’s
global economic leadership and are vital to securing the highest quality jobs
of the future, to decreasing the gender wage gap, and to ensuring America
As a former government contractor, I know how hard it can be to succeed in federal government procurement. You face challenges every day as a business owner, an employer, and a service provider.
Co-authored by SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development Michael Chodos.
We know firsthand how important mentors and counselors can be in helping an entrepreneur succeed in business. Whether that is honest advice from having walked down a similar entrepreneurial path or unbiased feedback on a tough business decision, mentors are important allies for entrepreneurs to have on their side.