The US- Korea trade agreement, which takes effect today, is a major win for America’s small businesses. A key part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, this historic agreement provides businesses with greater access to a fast growing market and more opportunities to create jobs. It is estimated that the tariff cuts in the agreement will support 70,000 American jobs.
There’s no doubt about it, women are a rising force in American entrepreneurship. Here are some fast facts on women-owned businesses:
The latest Census data indicates that 7.8 million U.S. businesses are owned by women. This represents a stunning 44% increase from 1997-2007, twice the growth rate of men-owned businesses.
Women-owned firms now make up close to a third (29%) of all nonfarm businesses across the country.
These firms generate a total of $1.2 trillion annually and employ 7.6 million people.Read More
You know Daylight Savings Time just started and that St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. You might even know that it’s Women’s History Month. But did you know it’s also National Crafts Month? Or that the 21st is Kick Butt Day and the 23rd is National Puppy Day? If not, you’re probably not taking full advantage of the power of seasonal and holiday promotions.
Guest blog post by Barry Johnson, executive director of
For many small business owners considering how to organize their company, becoming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a great choice, thanks to the liability protection and pass-through tax status they afford.
Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary Matt Erskine, Economic Development AdministrationToday I joined my colleagues, Under
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United
States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos and Associate Director for
Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology Phillip Singerman, at a meeting of the National Advisory Council on
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) in New Orleans. The quarterly meeting of
What happens to your business if something happens to you? How can you retire without destroying the business you spent a lifetime to build? Your business may be your largest asset, and deciding what happens to it can impact your retirement income, your family’s wealth, and the life of the company after your departure. Even if you are only just starting out, these questions should be addressed now because the future is uncertain. Here are four ways to dispose of your company when you retire (or when you die).
1. Sell your business
If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it.Such a comb—a tool for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light—has for the first time been used to calibrate measurements of starlight from stars other than the Sun.Read More
Guest blog post by Commerce Secretary John Bryson
Today marks the two-year anniversary of
the signing of the Executive Order creating the National
Export Initiative (NEI), when President Obama set the ambitious goal
of doubling U.S. exports over five years.
Guest blog post by Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International TradeEarlier today – on the second
anniversary of the President’s National Export Initiative – Commerce Secretary
John Bryson announced that the number of American jobs supported by U.S.
exports increased 1.2 million from 2009 to 2011. In total, U.S. exports now
support 9.7 million jobs, serving as a bright spot in our economy, and helping
to fuel our economic recovery. In addition, last year, there were a record $2.1
trillion in U.S. exports. And there is a