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"I've Never Had a Job Like This": Life Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit

Wed, 2014-10-22 10:43

Ed. Note: This is cross-posted from USAID. Read the original post here and follow Morgana as she guest posts on USAID's instagram from Liberia this week. 

SUAKOKO, Liberia—”It becomes day-to-day life. You get into your PPE [personal protective equipment] and you go in every day and you feel safe,” explains Audrey Rangel -- a nurse at the Bong County Ebola treatment unit run by International Medical Corps with support and funding from USAID.
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8 Ways to Boost Sales of Your Small Business Services

Wed, 2014-10-22 00:00

Struggling to differentiate your businesses’ services against the competition? Hoping to close more sales, but not sure how to do so with your limited resources? Here are eight surefire ways to...

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Commerce Secretary Pritzker Discusses Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in Japan

Tue, 2014-10-21 18:33

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker met with representatives from the Japanese healthcare and energy sectors as part of a series of roundtables to discuss American and Japanese business relationships and improve U.S. investment in the Japanese market. These events are part of the Secretary’s trade mission to establish new partnerships and expand the market presence of U.S. medical/pharmaceutical and energy-related companies with innovative products and services. The roundtable provided U.S.

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Medidata Is Aligned With Trade Mission To Help Transform Global Life Science

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:31

Guest blog post by Bryan Spielman, Executive Vice President, MedidataI am honored to join Secretary Pritzker on the business development mission to Japan and South Korea. Medidata is committed to developing our business and transforming clinical research throughout Asia, and this trip is bringing us invaluable connections to the region’s regulatory and industry leaders in the life sciences.We are thrilled with Commerce Secretary Pritzker’s active engagement throughout the trip to Japan, and we are looking forward to our time in South Korea.

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Meet the U.S. Military Team That's Poised to Help Respond to Ebola in the U.S.

Tue, 2014-10-21 14:13

The Department of Defense (DOD), at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced this weekend that U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is providing a 30-person medical support team to quickly, effectively, and safely respond in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States.

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Here's How You Can Help With the Effort to Stop the Spread of Ebola:

Tue, 2014-10-21 14:07

President Barack Obama convenes a meeting with cabinet agencies coordinating the government's Ebola response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Oct.15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Looking for ways to help fight the global spread of Ebola? Regular Americans across the country are helping in a variety of ways right now. Here are a couple options available to you.

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Commerce Partners with Small Business Administration for the Launch of Business Sunday in Houston, Texas

Tue, 2014-10-21 13:15

Last weekend, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched Business
Sunday at Windsor Village United Methodist Church
in Houston, TX. Business Sunday is an outreach and educational program
that takes place in local communities around the country, connecting
and future business leaders with valuable resources to help them start
or expand their businesses.

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Franchise Due Diligence: 3 Revealing Questions To Ask Franchisees

Tue, 2014-10-21 00:00

Before you sign on the dotted line for that franchise you’ve been investigating, it’s important to make sure you have asked existing franchisees some key questions.
Most of the people I...

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Commerce Secretary Pritzker Begins Business Development Mission to Japan and Seeks Opportunities for U.S. Companies in Health Care and Energy Sectors

Mon, 2014-10-20 18:08

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today began a five-day Business Development Mission to Japan and South Korea and met with Japanese leaders in Tokyo to address opportunities for U.S. companies to launch or increase their business in the health care and energy sectors. Due to a lack of natural resources, both Japan and South Korea have long been dependent on imported energy sources to meet their energy needs.During her first day in Tokyo, Secretary Pritzker was joined by U.S.

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Commerce Data: Then & Now

Mon, 2014-10-20 16:30

Guest blog post by Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic
AffairsIn July, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
announced that our department will be hiring our first ever Chief Data Officer
(CDO), building on her commitment to Commerce’s role as “America’s Data
Agency.” She also announced the formation of a data advisory council comprising
private sector leaders who will help the CDO navigate new and dynamic data challenges.
This is the latest chapter in Commerce’s long history of adapting to serve the

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