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Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank’s Trip to St. Louis Highlights American Manufacturing, Insourcing and Exports

Tue, 2012-07-24 19:00

Acting Secretary Blank continued her trip through Missouri today. She traveled to St. Louis to attend a roundtable breakfast with business owners from a range of industries hosted by Helix Center Biotech Incubator, an innovation facility owned and operated by the St. Louis County Economic Council. She was joined by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charley Dooley.Acting Secretary Blank wrapped up her trip with a visit to Wilco Molding, Inc. a third-generation family-owned custom plastic injection molder as well as a tool and mold machine shop. There, Dr.

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Community Colleges as Economic Engines

Tue, 2012-07-24 17:45

blog by Terry Calaway, President, Johnson County Community CollegeED NOTE: With 50,000 students a year enrolled in credit and noncredit classes, Johnson County Community College is the state’s largest institution of higher education. JCCC offers a full range of undergraduate credit courses and 50 career and certificate programs that prepare students for employment. JCCC’s noncredit workforce development program is the largest, most comprehensive in the Kansas City area.Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in

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Director Kappos Promotes Innovation in Southern California

Tue, 2012-07-24 12:15

Under Secretary and United States Patent and Trademark Office
Director David Kappos briefed southern California innovators on the many ways
the Obama administration is advancing U.S. innovation. He met with technology
entrepreneurs at Powerwave
Technologies in Santa Ana, California, hosted by
Southern California’s TechVoice chapter in conjunction with CompTIA and locally-based Technology
Leadership Political Action Committee (TLPAC). The USPTO is on the eve of
publishing a series of new rules implementing the America Invents Act, signed

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An American Resurgence in Manufacturing Happening In Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri

Mon, 2012-07-23 18:45

Guest blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankI am back in my home state of Missouri today, so it is even more of a
treat to witness firsthand the resurgence in American manufacturing. I
visited two manufacturers today—the A. Zahner Company, in Kansas City, and
Environmental Dynamics International (EDI), in Columbia—and had the chance to
talk to some remarkable local businesses leaders and entrepreneurs in
both cities.

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SBA Stands Ready to Help More Veterans Start (and Grow) a Business

Mon, 2012-07-23 17:19

Today, more than 250,000 service members are transitioning each year from the military to civilian life. These men and women are proven leaders and they have the skills and experience needed to be outstanding business leaders. Veterans over-index in entrepreneurship.  One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners, and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting or buying their own business. 

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Businesses Can Get Drought Recovery Assistance from SBA

Mon, 2012-07-23 11:27

With small businesses that rely on agriculture facing financial hardship as a result of the worst drought to hit the United States in more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week declared drought disaster areas in nearly half of the counties in the U.S. (1,430 counties out of 3,033) in 32 states. 

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U.S. Launches Interactive HIV/AIDS Database on

Mon, 2012-07-23 10:45

The U.S. Census Bureau today launched an interactive global resource on the
prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. The database was
developed in 1987 and now holds 149,000 statistics, an increase of approximately
10,800 new estimates in the last year, making it the most complete of its kind
in the world. The launch comes as thousands of people worldwide meet in
Washington, D.C., for the International AIDS
Conference this week.

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6 Tips for More Seamless and Fruitful Business Negotiations

Mon, 2012-07-23 06:44

Negotiation, like networking, is one of life’s necessities that you either love or hate. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Let’s face it, negotiation is almost an everyday business affair – whether you’re negotiating a new business deal, scoping out a statement of work with a client, or trying to reach consensus with a business partner, client or employee.
How do your negotiations typically go? Are they calm affairs? Do you often reach a satisfactory consensus?
Here are some tips for effective negotiation in your business:
Find Out What’s on the Table

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New Patent Office Will Foster Innovation, Creating a Cycle of Job Growth

Sat, 2012-07-21 11:30

Guest blog post by Eric Kelly, President and CEO of Overland StorageAs one of the driving
forces of technological innovation in the United States, Silicon Valley
companies continue to create new products and opportunities that advanceall
aspects of our lives. The ability to create intellectual property is critical
for companies as they develop new products and protect existing assets. Last
year alone, Californians made up more than a quarter of the 108,626 patents issued
to U.S. inventors. 

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NIST Visit to Chicago Spotlights Manufacturing Success

Fri, 2012-07-20 13:30

On Tuesday this week, Under Secretary of Commerce for
Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) Patrick Gallagher was in Chicago to visit two
manufacturing companies to learn more about the best practices and challenges
confronting U.S. manufacturers.“Having the opportunity to hear directly from
manufacturers and see their operations firsthand is invaluable to those of us
working to support and increase the competitiveness of American manufacturing,”
said Gallagher.

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