Obama first announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) two years ago—with
its goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014—there may have been some
who wondered what this had to do with domestic economic development. But the
answer is simple: a lot. From the worker in an auto plant owned by a foreign
firm, to the many service businesses across the country selling to overseas
visitors, to the U.S. companies from every sector selling their products and
If you’re a consultant, freelancer or any business that charges by the hour, you are going to have to determine and continuously review your pricing structure. For example, do you charge by the hour? What’s a reasonable rate to ask? Are you better off charging clients on a project basis?
Here are some tips for calculating your hourly and project rates and how to negotiate pricing with your client.
1. Determining Your Worth
Anyone who enjoys police dramas on TV knows that biometrics such as fingerprints and DNA are used to match criminals to crimes. But increasingly, biometrics are being used in public and private arenas to ensure access to computers and buildings, or to authenticate that you are really you when traveling internationally with an e–passport.Read More
Guest blog post by Commerce Secretary John BrysonI had the opportunity today
to join President Obama on a visit to the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe facility in
Prince George’s County, Virginia. This facility manufactures components of some
of the company’s most advanced airplane engines. The company announced
that it is planning to add 140 new jobs at Crosspointe and more than 100
additional jobs in Indiana manufacturing components for aircraft wings.
In my last post I said I would discuss consumer behavior and the levels of market segmentation in this one. I have since changed my mind (I can do that, really, I can). That is simply too much for one post so the consumer behavior will have to wait for Part 3. Now onto the market segmentation!
President Obama has declared March 4-10, 2012 as National Consumer Protection Week, building on a coordinated effort that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.Read More
Guest blog post by Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International TradeAmerica is made up of different communities — each with its own character,
challenges and opportunities. Regional
leaders have a unique view of these issues and bring to the table incredible
insight into their respective regions. That’s
why the International Trade Administration (ITA) is firmly committed to working
with these local leaders to utilize their insight, and ultimately help more American
businesses expand into overseas markets.
Today we are pleased to announce that SBA has licensed our first nationally-focused Impact Investment Fund, SJF Ventures III, LP.
The fund will make equity investments in growth-stage clean-tech and positive-impact companies in targeted clean energy businesses nationwide. It is part of the President’s Startup America initiative aimed at helping small businesses create new jobs and drive innovation and competitiveness.
Obama Administration today announced a $15 million multi-agency Rural Jobs and
Innovation Accelerator challenge to spur job creation and economic growth in
distressed rural communities. This competition, which is being funded by the
U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and
the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was designed by the Taskforce for
the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural
Yesterday, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson delivered remarks at a meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee. At yesterday’s meeting, held at the White House, the Steering Committee discussed recommendations targeting issues in manufacturing, focusing on technology development, policy, education and workforce development, and shared facilities and infrastructure.AMP is a collaboration between industry, academia and government leaders to accelerate the development of the U.S.Read More