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American Entrepreneurship on Display at Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Tue, 2015-07-21 15:04

Entrepreneurship is one of America’s greatest assets and exports. Empowering young people and innovators worldwide to pursue their dreams and start new businesses has been a priority for President Obama and the Department of Commerce from day one of this Administration – and for good reason: when entrepreneurs bring new products and services to market, they create avenues of economic opportunity for people in their communities and beyond.

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President Obama Celebrates 25 Years of the ADA

Tue, 2015-07-21 12:58

Yesterday, President Obama celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the White House.

In the East Room, President Obama honored those who made the ADA the law of the land – the activists, congressional representatives, and stakeholders who worked tirelessly to ensure that millions of Americans with disabilities had the chance to make their contributions to the world.
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5 Years of Wall Street Reform, By the Numbers:

Tue, 2015-07-21 12:11

Five years ago today, President Obama signed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. (It's commonly called "Dodd-Frank," or simply "Wall Street Reform," and you can read more about what it's doing here.)
Here are a couple numbers that help show exactly what the law has done these past years.

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Meet the Law That’s Been Quietly Protecting You and Strengthening Our Economy for the Past 5 Years:

Tue, 2015-07-21 12:00

“Dodd-Frank” is shorthand for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whose chief co-sponsors on Capitol Hill were Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank. These reforms — that the President signed into law exactly five years ago today — and others the Administration has put in place since the crisis represent the most sweeping set of financial reforms since the Great Depression.
Why does it matter and why should you care? Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

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Embassy Openings in Washington and Havana: On a Path Towards a Democratic, Prosperous Cuba

Tue, 2015-07-21 06:00

Today marks a new beginning in our nation’s relationship with Cuba, furthering a path that will engage and empower the Cuban people. While we may be separated by 90 miles of water, we are brought together through shared relationships and the desire to promote a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba.

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GES 2015: Why the Smart Money is On Kenya

Tue, 2015-07-21 00:00

This week, I will join President Obama in Nairobi, Kenya, for the sixth-annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit. GES 2015 will shine a spotlight on the extraordinary potential of entrepreneurs in...

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Part I: Not Every Business is Franchise-Worthy

Tue, 2015-07-21 00:00

Do you ever have ideas for a new business running through your head? I do.
Most of the business ideas I come up with nowadays are marketing-related. It’s probably because I own a business...

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Update to Important Commerce Data Tool Helps Businesses Improve their Export Services and Stay Compliant

Mon, 2015-07-20 17:19

Staying compliant is an extremely important component to exporting. In 2010, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) accepted the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative mandate to create and publish the Consolidated Screening List (CSL). The CSL is a list of names or entities (individuals and organizations) with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business with due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions, or other restrictions.

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A New Blue Marble

Mon, 2015-07-20 12:04

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on Medium.
No one on this planet had ever seen a whole picture of the Earth until 1972.
We knew we lived on it, and had a vast amount of useful information about its makeup, its processes, and its place in the solar system. At the time, some of the most insightful individuals had begun to understand that we, the people who live on Earth, actually had the ability to influence the processes taking place on our planet.
But it was hard for many people to grasp this concept. It seemed abstract, distant, hard to visualize.

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Interested in Doing Business In Cuba? Join Our Conference Call on July 29

Mon, 2015-07-20 00:00

Small business owners often tell us that they have many questions about how to enter a new market - and those questions are magnified when it comes to doing business with Cuba.  There have been...

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