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In Case You Missed It: LGBT Pride at the White House

Tue, 2014-07-01 13:19

Yesterday, for the sixth time since taking office, President Obama joined national, state, and local community leaders, business leaders, grassroots activists, elected officials, and others for an event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month at the White House.

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Do You Have A Marketing Plan?

Tue, 2014-07-01 12:19

Does your small business have a marketing plan? A study by Marketo shows that companies with a documented marketing plan are more likely to be satisfied with their marketing efforts. As you might expect, however, smaller companies are less likely than large ones to have marketing plans. Overall, slightly more than one-third of the companies polled don’t have a marketing plan. But only 56 percent of small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) have one, while among companies with over 1,000 employees, 81 percent have one.

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Commerce Co-Hosts Business and Community Partnerships Summit in Denver, Colorado

Tue, 2014-07-01 10:30

Guest blog post Joshua Dickson, Director, Center for
Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Commerce

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New USPTO Office in Denver Will Spur Innovation and Accelerate Solving the World’s Problems

Tue, 2014-07-01 09:30

Guest blog post by Steve Katsaros, Founder and CEO, Nokero International Ltd.Ed note: Nokero (short for "No Kerosene") designs, manufactures and distributes safe, affordable, and environmentally-friendly solar based technologies. The solar lights and solar battery chargers are high-quality and low-cost, eliminating the need for harmful and polluting fuels around the world.--Yesterday, June
30, 2014, was the opening of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s
(USPTO) Rocky Mountain Satellite Office. We were joined at the opening ceremony

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The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision

Mon, 2014-06-30 19:05

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Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the much-publicized Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case.
This decision would allow some bosses to withhold contraceptive care from their employees' health coverage based on their own religious beliefs -- which their employees may not share.
At the top of today's press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivered a statement about where the President stands on this ruling, noting:

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President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform

Mon, 2014-06-30 18:30

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In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and reproached House Republicans for their unwillingness to confront this important issue.
Speaking a year ago to the month when the Senate passed an immigration reform bill, the President outlined what Republican obstruction has meant over the past year:

We have fewer resources to strengthen our borders;

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens New Satellite Office in Denver, Colorado to Speed up the Patent Process and Create Local Jobs

Mon, 2014-06-30 15:30

Today Acting U.S.
Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Deputy Under Secretary of
Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K.
Lee opened the permanent location for the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office
in in Denver’s central business district to help the region’s entrepreneurs
advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, grow their businesses, and more
efficiently navigate the world’s strongest intellectual property system.

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The American Community Survey: Best Quality Data with the Least Public Burden

Mon, 2014-06-30 13:43

Guest blog post by Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic
Data for Better Decisions” is my mantra as I crisscross the country talking to
people about making the data we collect easier to find, understand and
use.  Making government data more
accessible or “open” to improve government, business and community decisions is
a major initiative in the Commerce Department’s “Open for
Business Agenda.”  The open data initiative has the potential to
fuel new businesses, create new jobs and help us make better policy decisions. 

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Weekly Address: Focusing on the Economic Priorities for the Middle Class Nationwide

Sat, 2014-06-28 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Blue Room of the White House, June 27, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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More than 3.74 Million Records Released

Fri, 2014-06-27 14:48

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in March 2014. Today’s release also includes visitor records generated prior to September 16, 2009 that were requested by members of the public in May 2014 pursuant to the White House voluntary disclosure policy.

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