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Confirming the Partnership Between the United States and Asia

Fri, 2013-08-30 10:30

The Department of Commerce has taken advantage of several
opportunities to support its commitment to Asia, an important region with some
of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco
Sánchez visited Brunei this month for the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business and Investment Summit. His message to the Summit
was that ASEAN remains an important partner to the United States and a key
player in the global marketplace.

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Can Your Retirement Plan Own Your Business?

Fri, 2013-08-30 07:59

You may have built up considerable money in your 401(k) at a job or in your IRA and now you want to start a business or turn your sideline venture into a full-time activity. Can you use the money in your retirement account as capital for your business without incurring a tax bill? If you follow the rules carefully, the answer is a qualified yes.

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Secretary Pritzker Meets With Commerce Employees in Houston

Thu, 2013-08-29 18:30

While in Houston, Texas today, Secretary Pritzker visited a U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC), part of the International Trade Administration (ITA), and met with USEAC employees and employees from the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Houston field office. The secretary's visit was part of her latest stop on a nationwide listening tour and was an opportunity to thank the employees for their work for the Department of Commerce. 

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Partnership Between the Port of Houston and Department of Commerce is Crucial for Continued Economic Success

Thu, 2013-08-29 12:30

Guest blog post by Len
Waterworth, Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority.It was an honor to host the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny
Pritzker, at one of the nation’s busiest and most critically important ports,
the Port of Houston.

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Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces $600,000 Investment to Support Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in Louisiana

Wed, 2013-08-28 17:20

Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that
the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a
$600,000 grant to The Idea Village, Inc., of New Orleans, La., to support
programs that assist entrepreneurs in building their businesses and creating jobs.
Secretary Pritzker is in New Orleans today as part of her nationwide listening
tour, and made the announcement at The Idea Village after meeting with local
entrepreneurs, mentors and business leaders.The EDA investment announced today will support

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Self Employed? What You Need to Know About Individual Shared Responsibility Starting in January 2014

Wed, 2013-08-28 13:52

Under the Affordable Care Act, the government, insurers, employers, and individuals share in the responsibility to improve the availability, quality, and affordability of health insurance coverage.  The individual shared responsibility provision is a key part of helping to deliver the law’s consumer protections at an affordable cost. It makes these protections possible by ensuring that individuals do not just wait to purchase insurance when they are sick and drop coverage when they are well, which drives up premiums for everyone.   

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The 50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" Speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: August 28

Wed, 2013-08-28 12:49

Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 200,000 people from
the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom. His famous "I Have a Dream" speech and the march were key
moments in the American Civil Rights Movement. 
To mark the anniversary, the U.S.
Census Bureau has gathered key statistics that measure changes in
some aspects of the black population to date.

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Finding Expert Business Advice & Resources for Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Wed, 2013-08-28 07:45

Are you getting ready to launch your business, but in need of some expert guidance? Or could you use some insight about how to manage and grow your existing small business?

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How to Project Expenses for a New Business

Tue, 2013-08-27 18:09

People often ask me how they can project basic numbers for a new business that hasn’t started yet. I’ve done some things already, in this space, on how to do that for a new product and a sales forecast (links in the last paragraph). In this post I’m offering the same kind of advice for projecting expenses.

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Non-English Language Use in the United States Mapped

Tue, 2013-08-27 15:30

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a web-based map
application built to display language data collected from the American
Community Survey. 

Language use, English-speaking ability, and
linguistic isolation data are currently collected in the American Community
Survey. In the past, various questions on language were asked in the censuses
from 1890 to 1970. The current language use questions, in use since 1980,
gather how many people speak a language other than English at home, what languages
are spoken, and how well English is spoken.

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