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How to Make a Social Media Plan for Your Business

Wed, 2012-08-22 08:41

Online buzz about social media for business owners seems to be moving from “Should I” to “How do I?” I’ve been working on this a lot lately as part of my work on planning, and I’ve developed this process for a specific social media plan for small business:

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Can You Use or Reproduce the Work of Others on Your Website or Blog?

Wed, 2012-08-22 07:19

Ever wondered if you can legally re-use or reproduce copy or content created by someone else? Whether you’re writing a blog, creating copy for your website, or using an image in your marketing materials – here are some tips to help understand what the law allows:
The Lowdown on Copyright

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Acting Secretary Blank Applauds Steamfitters’ Job Training as Key to Building a 21st Century Economy

Tue, 2012-08-21 17:30

This
morning, Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank joined U.S. Representatives Chaka Fattah and Allyson
Schwartz on a tour of the job training facilities of Steamfitters Local 420 in
Philadelphia, where classes are held for
apprentices and journeyworkers to develop and improve their skills so they can
better serve clients and become qualified for a broader range of employment
opportunities.

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EDA: Helping Businesses in Columbus, Ohio, Grow and Hire

Tue, 2012-08-21 16:45

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentBy helping regions plan for their economic future, and by giving businesses access to the advanced tools they need to compete in the 21st century, we can make sure that the U.S. economy grows and creates the well-paying jobs that are key to our long-term prosperity.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Promotes Innovation in Maine

Tue, 2012-08-21 11:30

Innovation is thriving in Maine, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Department of Commerce, and the administration are working hard to further foster that environment, Under Secretary of Commerce and USPTO Director David Kappos told the Regional Chamber of Commerce of Penobscot Bay, Maine, on Tuesday. From 2009 to 2010, the number of patent filings in the Portland, Maine, region nearly doubled, Kappos said.

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Acting Secretary Blank Names Members of First National Public Safety Broadband Board in Minnesota

Mon, 2012-08-20 16:00

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank was in Minneapolis, MN, today to address attendees at the Opening General Session of the 78th Annual Conference and Expo hosted by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. In addition to thanking America’s first responders and public safety officials for keeping our country safe and secure, Acting Secretary Blank announced that she appointed twelve of the nation’s leading experts on public safety and wireless broadband communications to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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Online Payment Services – Are They a Good Fit for Your Small Business?

Mon, 2012-08-20 07:44

Credit cards are a common online payment option for small businesses, but what about other services like PayPal, Bill Me Later and Google Wallet?
These now ubiquitous tools make it easier than ever for anyone – not just e-tailers – to buy and sell goods online and via mobile devices. However, as with all business tools, they have their pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Online Payment Services?

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Quick App- Making it Easier & Faster for Construction Businesses to Compete for Contracts

Fri, 2012-08-17 13:28

The health and success of the construction industry is critical to our nation’s economy. SBA knows that we must do all we can to make sure this sector grows, compete for contracting opportunities and create jobs. That is why SBA is proud to announce our new “Quick App” for surety bonds.  This new application process combines two applications into one to make it easier and faster for small businesses and contractors to compete for contracts.

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U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Back to School 2012—2013

Fri, 2012-08-17 11:15

By August, summertime will be winding down and vacations will be coming to an end, signaling that back-to-school time is near. It's a time that many children eagerly anticipate—catching up with old friends and making new ones, and settling into a new daily routine. Parents and children alike scan the newspapers and websites looking for sales to shop for a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials. This edition of the U.S.

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Obama Administration to Strengthen Rural Alaskan Community Economy

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:45

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentOver the last three and a half years, President Obama has committed his administration to make investments to strengthen rural economies and create jobs. That includes Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.The Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project, an economic growth effort by the Bristol Bay Native Association in Dillingham, Alaska is one of the winners of the multiagency Rural Jobs and

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