Guest blog post by Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.I just returned from the White House Business Council American Economic Competitiveness Forum on Manufacturing where I had an opportunity to hear from a group of American manufacturers—representing businesses of all sizes from across the country—about how the Obama Administration can continue to support them as they build things here and sell them everywhere. As we have seen in recent months, manufacturing is one of the bright spots for our economy.Read More
Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentOver the next two days, I will join several colleagues for a rural swing in North Carolina and Louisiana to promote jobs and innovation. Along with Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development Doug O’Brien, Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl F.Read More
U.S. exports support nearly 10 million jobs across the countryActing
U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank announced today that U.S.
merchandise exports totaled a record $773.4 billion in the first six
months of 2012, up by $50.7 billion from the same period of 2011. “Comprehensive
data from the first half of 2012 demonstrates that exports continue to
be a bright spot for America and that we’re making historic progress
toward the president’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of
Do you use or are you thinking of using email to connect with your prospects and customers?
If so, then the payoffs can be fruitful. For every $1 spent on email marketing in 2011, the estimated return on investment was an astonishing $44.25 (source: Pingdom).
But did you know that every email you send to your customers, whether it’s your monthly e-newsletter or a one-to-one email sent to promote your products or services, must comply with the law? Here’s what you need to know:
The CAN-SPAM Act – What It Means to Your Commercial Email Efforts
Is August a slow season for your small business? For many of us, business slows down as the days heat up. Fortunately, that makes the rest of this month the ideal time to use your downtime productively by reassessing your marketing strategy. Determine what’s working and what isn’t, and revamp your approach for the rest of the year.
Here are some areas to consider:
Helping set a stage for success to Atlanta’s entrepreneurs, Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was in the Georgia capital this afternoon to help launch Startup Atlanta.Read More
Understanding historical hurricane landfalls is important in preparing for current stormsSeeing where hurricanes have hit and how often is one of the best ways to bring home a powerful hurricane preparedness message. A NOAA website, Historical Hurricane Tracks, lets users insert their zip code and see a map that contains more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane tracking data.Read More
Looking to grow your business? Not sure you’ll qualify for a traditional business bank loan?
Many new and established businesses may not qualify for credit in the form of traditional loans. That’s why the SBA has long operated a program of government-backed (or guaranteed) loans that make it possible for many small businesses to get the financing they need to grow their business without using working capital.
What is a Government-Backed Business Loan?
As the 2012 Olympic Games wind to a close, American athletes
have racked up nearly 40 gold medals against
the best of their international competition. They achieved those victories with
hours of practice, dedication, and partnership with coaches and mentors. Like
America’s Olympians, American businesses are also competing on the global
stage, and the Commerce Department is partnering with them through our Gold Key
Matching Service to help them win.
Guest blog post by Francisco