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Acting Secretary Blank Names Members of First National Public Safety Broadband Board in Minnesota

Mon, 2012-08-20 16:00

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank was in Minneapolis, MN, today to address attendees at the Opening General Session of the 78th Annual Conference and Expo hosted by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. In addition to thanking America’s first responders and public safety officials for keeping our country safe and secure, Acting Secretary Blank announced that she appointed twelve of the nation’s leading experts on public safety and wireless broadband communications to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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Online Payment Services – Are They a Good Fit for Your Small Business?

Mon, 2012-08-20 07:44

Credit cards are a common online payment option for small businesses, but what about other services like PayPal, Bill Me Later and Google Wallet?
These now ubiquitous tools make it easier than ever for anyone – not just e-tailers – to buy and sell goods online and via mobile devices. However, as with all business tools, they have their pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Online Payment Services?

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Quick App- Making it Easier & Faster for Construction Businesses to Compete for Contracts

Fri, 2012-08-17 13:28

The health and success of the construction industry is critical to our nation’s economy. SBA knows that we must do all we can to make sure this sector grows, compete for contracting opportunities and create jobs. That is why SBA is proud to announce our new “Quick App” for surety bonds.  This new application process combines two applications into one to make it easier and faster for small businesses and contractors to compete for contracts.

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U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Back to School 2012—2013

Fri, 2012-08-17 11:15

By August, summertime will be winding down and vacations will be coming to an end, signaling that back-to-school time is near. It's a time that many children eagerly anticipate—catching up with old friends and making new ones, and settling into a new daily routine. Parents and children alike scan the newspapers and websites looking for sales to shop for a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials. This edition of the U.S.

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Obama Administration to Strengthen Rural Alaskan Community Economy

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:45

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentOver the last three and a half years, President Obama has committed his administration to make investments to strengthen rural economies and create jobs. That includes Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.The Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project, an economic growth effort by the Bristol Bay Native Association in Dillingham, Alaska is one of the winners of the multiagency Rural Jobs and

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What is the Best Way to Build Credit for My Business?

Thu, 2012-08-16 14:20

Once you have completed all the steps necessary for your business to be lender compliant, you can begin establishing credit.
You may have jumped ahead of yourself and already applied for one or two business credit cards using your personal credit. Not to worry-the purpose of this article is to share with you the best way to build credit for your company so you can stop relying on your personal credit to secure the financing for your company.

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Commerce Joins Announcement on New Public-Private Partnership to Support Additive Manufacturing Innovation

Thu, 2012-08-16 13:00

Today, Acting
Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank joined White House National Economic
Council Director Gene Sperling, Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall, and
other Obama administration officials to announce
the launch of a new public-private institute for manufacturing innovation in
Youngstown, Ohio as part of ongoing efforts to help revitalize American
manufacturing and encourage companies to invest in the United States. This new partnership, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

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Give Your Blog a Boost – How to Find and Work with Guest Bloggers

Thu, 2012-08-16 07:20

If you have a business blog, then you are probably aware of the challenges of coming up with topic ideas, finding time to write, and – let’s face it – keeping that blog alive. This explains why blogs on the subject of blogging are ranked as the most popular articles here on the SBA.gov Community. Here are just a few:

Thinking of Starting a Blog? Tips to Help You Start, Maintain & Grow a Small Business Blog!

Never Run Out of Blog Topic Ideas: Here are 36

8 Tips for Keeping your Business Blog Current, Relevant and Fresh

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Acting Secretary Blank Talks Administration Support for American Manufacturing

Wed, 2012-08-15 19:30

Guest blog post by Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.I just returned from the White House Business Council American Economic Competitiveness Forum on Manufacturing where I had an opportunity to hear from a group of American manufacturers—representing businesses of all sizes from across the country—about how the Obama Administration can continue to support them as they build things here and sell them everywhere. As we have seen in recent months, manufacturing is one of the bright spots for our economy.

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Obama Administration Holds Rural Swing in North Carolina and Louisiana to Promote Jobs and Innovation

Wed, 2012-08-15 15:15

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentOver the next two days, I will join several colleagues for a rural swing in North Carolina and Louisiana to promote jobs and innovation. Along with Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development Doug O’Brien, Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl F.

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