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Minority businesses are playing an integral part in keeping the ‘Made in America’ product strong as the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise. Minority-owned manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers and have recently grown faster than their non-minority counterparts in three areas—number of firms, employees and gross receipts.
In this week's address, the President highlighted the problems in our criminal justice system. Our country faces a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. There are 2.2 million people behind bars in America today, compared to 500,000 just 30 years ago. This topic isn’t new – the President has talked about the unfairness of much of the criminal justice system since his time in the Senate. And while we’ve taken steps to address this issue, members of both parties agree that we can do more.Read More
During the first White House Astronomy Night in 2009, President Obama asked students, “What will your great discovery be?”
Inspiration can come from anywhere, but the mind truly expands when the eyes turn skyward and take in the vast expanse of stars and planets visible in the night sky. There was a time when setting foot on the moon was just a dream. Now, not only have we visited the moon, but we have sent robotic explorers to every other planet in our solar system – and Pluto – and are looking ahead to future missions sending American astronauts to Mars.Read More
I was thrilled to have been in Harlem last Friday where the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hosted a Small Business & Emerging Technologies Fair. The Tech Fair was held in...Read More
Changes in the U.S. power sector, largely driven by market forces, have negatively impacted many local and regional economies that have primarily depended on coal as a source of good jobs and investment. These communities are now in need of assistance to diversify their economies and train workers for new jobs.
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President traveled to Roseburg, Oregon, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, and hosted world-class musicians at the White House. That's October 9th to October 15th or, "The American Soundtrack."
Friday, October 9
On Friday morning, the President boarded Air Force One — bound for Oregon. There, the President met with the grieving families of those killed in the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened a new office yesterday in the heart of the nation’s most celebrated hub of technological innovation: California’s Silicon Valley.
There is an abundance of opportunity for small businesses looking to sell imported goods in the U.S. Everything from food and beverage, cloths, crafts, and fabric can be sold online, in retail...Read More
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker helped lay the foundation for a new chapter of relations between the United States and Cuba after 50 years of broken commercial and diplomatic ties. On October 6-7, Secretary Pritzker became the second U.S. cabinet official to travel to Cuba since President Obama called for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.
Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Marguerite Jimenez, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary