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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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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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