Across the United States, immigrants are starting and building successful businesses that create good American jobs and promote our country’s economic growth. These businesses form the fabric of our communities, and are part of our uniquely American heritage as a nation of immigrants and innovators.
To accelerate our nation’s economic momentum, we need an immigration system that works for America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners--a system that allows us to leverage the creativity and diversity of immigrant entrepreneurs to better compete in the global economy.
Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration announced new data
today that shows spending by international visitors to the United States in June
2013 totaled $14.6 billion, an increase of 5 percent when compared to June 2012.
International visitors have spent an estimated $87.1 billion on U.S. travel and
tourism-related goods and services year-to-date in 2013 (January through June),
an increase of 7 percent when compared to the same period last
Some people who are interested in becoming owners of a franchise business enthusiastically bring up the fact that they’d like to open more than one franchise.
Let’s find out what’s involved.
Choosing and Investigating a Franchise
First off, you have to choose, investigate and buy the right franchise. Once you do that, you can start thinking about opening your second one. So, let’s start at the beginning.
1. Do you thoroughly understand the franchise business model,* including how and why it works so well?
In Secretary Pritzker’s first five weeks as Secretary of
Commerce, she has met with or spoken to more than 100 CEOs and
entrepreneurs. Since assuming the office of secretary, she has
prioritized meeting and speaking with representatives of the business community
to hear directly from them about how she can serve as a bridge to the business
NOTE: This blog is by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and first appeared at HHS.gov/HealthCare on August 5. This blog includes information about the new call center specifically to serve small businesses with 50 or fewer employees interested in the SHOP Marketplace. For more information, call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY users: 1-800-706-7915) from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
Spanish, Chinese Top Non-English Languages Spoken; Most of Population is English ProficientThe U.S. Census Bureau today released an interactive, online map pinpointing the wide array of languages spoken in homes across the nation, along with a detailed report on rates of English proficiency and the growing number of speakers of other languages.The 2011 Language Mapper shows where people speaking specific languages other than English live, with dots representing how many people speak each of 15 different languages.Read More
Guest post by Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator. Cross-post from Whitehouse.govThe systems that run our nation’s
critical infrastructure such as the electric grid, our drinking water,
our trains, and other transportation are increasingly networked. As with
any networked system, these systems are potentially vulnerable to a
wide range of threats, and protecting this critical infrastructure from
cyber threats is among our highest security priorities. That is why,
thrill us because they’re mysterious, powerful, terrifying, and beautiful. That’s
why there’s a Shark Week. And, as top predators in the marine ecosystem, sharks
are also vital to the health of the ocean. That’s why there’s a corps of NOAA
Fisheries scientists and managers who are dedicated to researching and protecting
sharks. This week, on the NOAA Fisheries website, you can meet
our shark experts.
Not sure how the health care law may impact your business in Oregon? SBA and Cover Oregon are teaming up to bring you three Google+ Hangouts that will dive into specific topics of the Affordable Care Act like the Marketplace and the small business tax credit.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker visited the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., today, as part of her
tour. The campus hosts approximately 2,700 NIST staff members, as well as visiting
researchers, post-doctorate fellows and undergraduate students.