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NOAA Ship Fairweather Conducting Hydrographic Reconnaissance in the Arctic

Mon, 2012-07-30 15:00

Mission to update measurements dating to the 18th centuryNOAA Ship Fairweather
begins a 30-day survey mission in the Arctic this week, scheduled to
check a sparsely measured 1,500-nautical mile coastal corridor from
Dutch Harbor, Alaska, north through the Bering Strait and east to the
Canadian border.

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Projecting Your Business Cash Flow, Made Simple

Mon, 2012-07-30 07:40

Cash flow is king for small businesses and the self-employed. But planning cash flow is easier said than done, especially if you’re not a numbers person.
However, if you’re going to succeed in business, mastering basic cash flow projections is a must. After all, you can be a profitable business yet still have poor cash flow, simply because the cycle of cash in and out of your business isn’t synchronized.

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Partnerships Built To Last For Small Business: SBA Forges New Alliance With US Black Chamber

Fri, 2012-07-27 10:59

Over the last three years, SBA has provided small businesses owners and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to not only survive, but thrive in tough economic times. We’ve supported more than $80 billion in loans to more than 150,000 businesses in tight credit markets and worked to bring 1,000 community banks back to SBA lending. Today, we’re seeing commercial markets improve, but we know gaps still remain, especially in underserved communities.


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New Online Tool Gives Public Wider Access to Key U.S. Statistics

Fri, 2012-07-27 10:45

Census API lets developers create custom apps, reach new usersCommerce's U.S. Census Bureau has released a new online service that makes key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics more accessible than ever before.

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EDA Helps Ohio Auto Community Build a New Future

Thu, 2012-07-26 15:00

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentEconomic recovery in the wake of an economic disaster—such as the closing of a large employer—doesn’t happen overnight. It requires careful planning, the coordination of human and financial resources, and a willingness to consider alternative directions that will benefit the community in the long run.This is the story that the city of Moraine, Ohio, can tell.

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4 Interview Questions That Get to the Heart of a Candidate’s Potential

Thu, 2012-07-26 07:35

Hiring new employees is an opportunity, but it’s also a huge risk. So perfecting your interviewing skills is critical. But what kind of interview questions are most effective at helping you find an employee with the right skills and experience, and the best fit for your company culture?

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Commerce Department Scientists Earn Presidential Honor for Early Career Achievements

Wed, 2012-07-25 16:30

Earlier this week, President Obama announced the 2011 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Six employees from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were among those honored on Monday.

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Census Report: Nearly 1 in 5 People Have a Disability in the U.S.; Update

Wed, 2012-07-25 12:15

Report released to coincide with 22nd anniversary of the ADAAbout 56.7 million people—19 percent of the population—had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released today by the Commerce Department's U.S.

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SBIR Size Rules

Wed, 2012-07-25 10:44

SBA has just concluded the public comment period for the size rules on the SBIR program.  As we had hoped, the input and comments we received on the rules were robust and included a wide range of opinions.   As we now begin the process of digesting the comments and evaluating how to change the proposed rules, I’d like to take this opportunity to let people know where we go from here.
Here are four things you should know about the proposed SBIR size rules:

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10 Ways Your Small Business May Be Breaking Employment Laws

Wed, 2012-07-25 07:49

Do you think of yourself as a flexible employer or even just a nice one?
According to a recent report by the California Chamber of Commerce (and covered here by OPEN Forum) – The Top 10 Things Employers Do to Get Sued – many small business owners may unintentionally be violating employment laws even as they are just trying to be flexible or nice. Much of the problem arises from the fact that state laws vary enormously. But some of these mistakes are universal and are often prohibited by federal law.

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