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The Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons Is Key to Explaining America’s Economy

Wed, 2014-09-10 10:06

Cross blog post by John Thompson, Director, U.S. Census BureauDid you know that there are 27.1 million non-farm businesses in America? The U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons provides the only comprehensive source of statistics about business ownership in the U.S. The Census Bureau conducts the SBO every five years. This is the first time the SBO is being conducted primarily online.If you own a business, such as a salon or a landscaping company, you may be one of the one million Americans selected to participate in the Survey of Business Owners.

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"Even One Case Is Too Many": Vice President Biden Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Tue, 2014-09-09 19:54

Vice President Joe Biden speaks on the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, at the National Archives, in Washington, D.C.

September 9, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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“Built to Last” – Secretary Pritzker Talks to Investors about the Build America Investment Initiative

Tue, 2014-09-09 16:07

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discussed the Administration’s efforts to “Build America” at the Infrastructure Investment Summit hosted by the U.S.

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A Proclamation from the President: The 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Tue, 2014-09-09 12:21

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law on September 13, 1994. The President issued a proclamation commemorating that anniversary. You can read the full text of that proclamation below.

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#WomenInSTEM: Making a Cleaner Future

Tue, 2014-09-09 12:08

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's blog. See the original post here.

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The First Lady Holds Prep Rally to Encourage Higher Ed Preparation

Tue, 2014-09-09 10:48

Students at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta listen to First Lady Michelle Obama speak on preparing for higher education. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education by Joshua Hoover.

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SBA’s Clusters Initiative Helps Small Businesses to Reenergize; New Report Shows Vital Economic Impact Across the Country

Tue, 2014-09-09 00:00

I had the privilege of visiting Green Rock Lighting, a small business that receives support from the SBA-funded cluster initiative in Cleveland, Ohio. As a company known for its innovation and...

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1776 Roundtable: Businesses Growing Out of Data

Mon, 2014-09-08 15:50

Guest blog post by Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic
AffairsThis morning, I visited start-up hub 1776, to discuss the
Department of Commerce’s efforts to make government data more accessible and
informative – to build businesses, grow the economy and help governments and
individuals make more informed decisions.

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Calling Kids of All Ages: USPTO Launches Web Page Encouraging Invention and Science and Tech in School

Mon, 2014-09-08 10:31

Did you know that only one U.S. president earned a patent?
Do you know which one? Have you ever wondered where the famous expression “The Real McCoy” comes from?

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Day in the Life: On the Back-to-School Bus Tour with Secretary Duncan

Mon, 2014-09-08 09:58

It’s time for our children to head back to school, and as classrooms and notebooks begin to fill up again, I’m increasingly optimistic about our country’s ability to elevate and strengthen education. With high school graduation rates at an all-time high, and big jumps in the number of students going to college over the last few years, it’s a good time to celebrate the teachers, principals, families, and students who have driven that success. And, it’s a good time to talk about the work ahead in ensuring that strong educational opportunities are a reality for every child in America.

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