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The celebration of Women’s History Month gives us a chance to reflect on the important role women business owners play in our economy. In fact, women-owned businesses represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned firms grew 44% from 1997 to 2007, twice as fast as male-owned firms. There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the US and 88% of these are small businesses. Women continue to start businesses in this country, making it imperative for them to have the right tools to be successful.Read More
Guest blog post by Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco SanchezThis story is part of an ongoing series
highlighting the information available to participants in the 2012 Asia Pacific Business
Outlook (APBO)This is my second year keynoting the 25-year old USC
Marshall School’s Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO)
Conference. It was great to see the diversity of participants, from
representatives of businesses across the United States, as well as non-profit
Last week, the White House Business Council and SBA hosted an Urban Economic Forum in Los Angeles, CA to help connect entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national resources they need to start, grow and create jobs. The Urban Economic Forum is a multi-city series designed to help urban small business owners create an economy built to last. This week, we are taking the Urban Economic Forum to Las Vegas, NV.
Secretary John Bryson promoted partnerships between U.S. and Indian businesses as he discussed the U.S.-India trade relationship during meetings with several Indian government officials in New Delhi today, the second day of his five-day trade mission to India.“It’s clear that if American and Indian businesses work together, we can build India’s infrastructure in a way that brings inclusive growth, greater prosperity, and job creation in both countries,” Bryson said. “U.S.Read More
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which
highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
president's vision of an America Built to Last.As Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I oversee all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks
organization including policy, operations and budget relating to trademark
examination, registration and maintenance. The main functions of the Trademark office are
Back in 2010, SBA guest blogger, Susan Solovic, shared some statistics about the self-perpetuating challenges that female business owners have when it comes to growing their businesses and accessing capital:
Fewer than three percent of women-owned businesses cross over the million dollar threshold in revenue.Read More
Today marked the official start of Secretary Bryson's five-day trade mission to India. In the morning he met with Deputy Chairman of the Planning
Commission Montek Aluwalia to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.-India
commercial relationship. He also spoke at an infrastructure roundtable
discussion sponsored by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
India is planning to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure development
over the next five years, and U.S. companies are in a unique position to
December 19, 2011 Secretary of Commerce John Bryson appointed Dee Alexander as
his Senior Adviser on Native American Affairs. As the Department’s Tribal
Consultation Official, Alexander’s principal responsibility is implementing the Department’s Tribal Coordination and
Consultation Policy, per President Obama’s Executive
Order 13175 (PDF), which ensures meaningful and timely input by tribal officials
in the development of policies that have tribal implications.
Guest blog post by Paul McRoberts, Vice
President of Autodesk’s Infrastructure BusinessEd note: Autodesk, Inc., works in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and
media and entertainment industries-including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best
Visual Effects-use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its
introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the