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Deputy Secretary of Commerce Blank Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request

Wed, 2013-04-10 13:30

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today released the
Department of Commerce’s fiscal year 2014 budget request,
which supports President Obama’s plan for an economy built to last with crucial
investments in advanced manufacturing, innovation, trade promotion and
enforcement, and research and development. These investments are designed to
help grow the economy, create jobs and strengthen the middle class. The $8.6
billion budget request is an increase of $1 billion over the fiscal year 2012

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ACE Tool Helps U.S. Businesses Fully Assess the Advantages of Manufacturing and Sourcing In America

Tue, 2013-04-09 09:00

Guest blog post by Mark Doms, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic AffairsI have the pleasure of meeting frequently with business owners
from across the country.  They talk about
where their challenges are in growing and sustaining their businesses, and they
also talk about how locating production abroad hasn’t always turned out as well
as they had hoped.  Not surprisingly,
during our current economic recovery and expansion, news reports and private
consultants have repeatedly echoed that thinking.  Increasingly we hear that U.S. companies that

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Honors Four Organizations for Excellence in Performance and Innovation

Mon, 2013-04-08 14:00

Today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank
presented four U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for organizational performance
excellence and innovation. The recipients of the award, which is commemorating
its 25th anniversary, will share their best practices as part of a
national effort to improve America’s performance and competitive standing in
the world. 

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Tax Season Savings! Reminder: How to Claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

Mon, 2013-04-08 07:41

One of the ways in which the Affordable Care Act helps bring down costs for small employers is through the tax credit available to eligible small businesses that provide health care insurance to their employees. The credit significantly offsets the cost of providing insurance and with the 2012 tax filing deadline fast approaching, you don’t want to let this valuable tax break pass you by.  Here’s what you need to know about eligibility and how to claim the credit:
What is the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

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A Healthy Choice For America’s Small Businesses

Fri, 2013-04-05 11:58

Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. And, in an economy where small businesses create two-thirds of jobs, owners and employees deserve a health insurance market with fairer prices, better choices, and greater certainty. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, that market is on its way.
In recent years, the number one concern for millions of small business owners has been health care. Because they had less bargaining power, small businesses paid an average of 18% more for the same health insurance plan offered to their bigger competitors.

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5 Tips for Writing a Basic (and Un-Daunting) Marketing Plan

Thu, 2013-04-04 07:41

Have you ever written a marketing plan for your business? Do you keep putting off the task?
Whether you are launching a new product or promoting your latest offer, a marketing plan is worth taking the time to complete. Why?
As a small business owner, it’s likely that you not only own the task of coming up with a strategic plan, but also the act of executing it (writing email copy, hosting events, etc.). If this is you, then a plan can help you direct your day-to-day activities, guide your approach, and ensure you are making the most of the available resources.

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5 Tips for Writing a Simple (and Un-Daunting) Marketing Plan

Thu, 2013-04-04 07:41

Have you ever written a marketing plan for your business? Do you keep putting off the task?
Whether you are launching a new product or promoting your latest offer, a marketing plan is worth taking the time to complete. Why?
As a small business owner, it’s likely that you not only own the task of coming up with a strategic plan, but also the act of executing it (writing email copy, hosting events, etc.). If this is you, then a plan can help you direct your day-to-day activities, guide your approach, and ensure you are making the most of the available resources.

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Include Family In Your Franchise Decision

Wed, 2013-04-03 10:31

If you’re going to do a serious search for a franchise this year, please don’t make the mistake of not involving family members. Would you like to know why? Read on.
 
A Big Decision
The decision to become the owner of a franchise business is a big one. It’s not to be taken lightly.
And, while there are several ways for you to lower your financial risk,* franchise ownership doesn’t come with any guarantees. (Neither does a job!)
Your family members really need to understand what you’re thinking about doing.

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Honoring the Memory of Ron Brown

Wed, 2013-04-03 10:15

Cross
post from the White House BlogThe following blog post was written by U.S. Commerce
Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of
Social Innovation and Civic Participation Jonathan Greenblatt. Today, we honor the anniversary of the passing of former U.S. Secretary of
Commerce Ron Brown. Secretary Brown was a dedicated public servant whose
untimely death during a trade mission to Croatia on April 3, 1996 ended his life

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6 Legal Factors to Consider When Hiring Global Employees

Wed, 2013-04-03 07:47

Are you thinking of hiring overseas-based employees? Whether you are operating an overseas branch of your own business or looking for specific skill sets that aren’t readily available here at home – there can be benefits to hiring overseas employees, but there are also challenges.

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