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New Export Data Shows 34 States Reached Record Highs for Merchandise Exports in the First Half of 2012

Wed, 2012-08-15 10:30

U.S. exports support nearly 10 million jobs across the countryActing
U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank announced today that U.S.
merchandise exports totaled a record $773.4 billion in the first six
months of 2012, up by $50.7 billion from the same period of 2011. “Comprehensive
data from the first half of 2012 demonstrates that exports continue to
be a bright spot for America and that we’re making historic progress
toward the president’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of

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Do Your Email Marketing Activities Comply with the Law?

Wed, 2012-08-15 07:26

Do you use or are you thinking of using email to connect with your prospects and customers?
If so, then the payoffs can be fruitful. For every $1 spent on email marketing in 2011, the estimated return on investment was an astonishing $44.25 (source: Pingdom).
But did you know that every email you send to your customers, whether it’s your monthly e-newsletter or a one-to-one email sent to promote your products or services, must comply with the law? Here’s what you need to know:
The CAN-SPAM Act – What It Means to Your Commercial Email Efforts

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Use the “Dog Days” to Rethink Your Marketing Strategy

Tue, 2012-08-14 22:57

Is August a slow season for your small business? For many of us, business slows down as the days heat up. Fortunately, that makes the rest of this month the ideal time to use your downtime productively by reassessing your marketing strategy. Determine what’s working and what isn’t, and revamp your approach for the rest of the year.
Here are some areas to consider:

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Helps Atlanta Kickstart Innovation Opportunities

Tue, 2012-08-14 14:00

Helping set a stage for success to Atlanta’s entrepreneurs, Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was in the Georgia capital this afternoon to help launch Startup Atlanta.

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NOAA Provides Easy Access to Historical Hurricane Tracks

Mon, 2012-08-13 13:15

Understanding historical hurricane landfalls is important in preparing for current stormsSeeing where hurricanes have hit and how often is one of the best ways to bring home a powerful hurricane preparedness message. A NOAA website, Historical Hurricane Tracks, lets users insert their zip code and see a map that contains more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane tracking data.

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Find the Government-Backed Financing You Need with SBA’s Loans and Grants Search Tool

Mon, 2012-08-13 07:42

Looking to grow your business? Not sure you’ll qualify for a traditional business bank loan?
Many new and established businesses may not qualify for credit in the form of traditional loans. That’s why the SBA has long operated a program of government-backed (or guaranteed) loans that make it possible for many small businesses to get the financing they need to grow their business without using working capital.
What is a Government-Backed Business Loan?

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U.S. Businesses Going for the Gold

Fri, 2012-08-10 13:00

As the 2012 Olympic Games wind to a close, American athletes
have racked up nearly 40 gold medals against
the best of their international competition. They achieved those victories with
hours of practice, dedication, and partnership with coaches and mentors. Like
America’s Olympians, American businesses are also competing on the global
stage, and the Commerce Department is partnering with them through our Gold Key
Matching Service to help them win.

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ITA: Exports Bring Jobs to the Twin Cities Region!

Fri, 2012-08-10 09:00

Guest blog post by Francisco

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NOAA Raises Hurricane Season Prediction Despite Expected El Niño

Thu, 2012-08-09 15:00

Updated outlook calls for near- or above-normal Atlantic seasonThis year’s Atlantic hurricane season got off to a busy start, with 6 named storms to date, and may have a busy second half, according to the updated hurricane season outlook issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

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Census Bureau Releases Its First Mobile App Providing Real-Time Statistics on U.S. Economy

Thu, 2012-08-09 13:32

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau today released its first-ever mobile application, "America's Economy," which will provide constantly updated statistics on the U.S. economy, including monthly economic indicators, trends, along with a schedule of upcoming announcements. The app, which is currently available for Android mobile device users, combines statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S.

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