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Start Now to Plan Your Holiday Retail Marketing Campaign

Tue, 2013-09-17 18:53

Does it feel like summer was just yesterday? Well, it’s time to put away the pool toys, cover the grill and pack up the bathing suits. For small retailers, it’s time to start planning your 2013 holiday marketing strategy. (In fact, in a recent Experian survey, 69 percent of marketers had already started planning—last month!). Here are some tips to get you started.

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Secretary Penny Pritzker Delivers Keynote Remarks at the U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum

Tue, 2013-09-17 17:25

Today Secretary Penny Pritzker delivered keynote remarks at the
U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum currently underway in Los Angeles, an
event being hosted by the Saudi Committee for International Trade, the
U.S.-Saudi Business Council, and the Saudi-U.S. Trade Group. The event brought
together approximately 1,200 American and Saudi businesses, government
officials, academics and opinion leaders to highlight the U.S.-Saudi commercial
and trade relationship and inform participants about business opportunities in
Saudi Arabia.

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New Opportunities for Small Business in the RFP-EZ Marketplace

Mon, 2013-09-16 17:59

By: Pravina Raghavan, Director, Office of Innovation and Investments
Small business federal contracting is a win-win. The federal government gets to work with innovative small businesses—often with direct access to the CEO—and small businesses get an important source of revenue.  

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USPTO Marks Second Anniversary of Milestone Patent Law—The America Invents Act

Mon, 2013-09-16 17:30

When President Obama took office, he made overhaul of the patent system one of his top priorities. New innovations and ideas play a crucial role in creating American jobs, stimulating our economy, and remaining globally competitive.And it was two years ago today that the president signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law, setting in motion the most significant changes to the U.S. patent system since 1836.

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Is It Time to End Your Business Partnership? Here's How

Mon, 2013-09-16 14:29

Partnerships fail for many reasons. Misalignment of personality is possibly the first reason that springs to mind, but according to Michigan law firm Family & Aging Law Center , the two most common reasons that business partnerships fail is 1) failure to make an adequate plan, and 2) more importantly, from a legal perspective, failure to have a written partnership agreement that outlines in detail the partnership structure.

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New Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce Comes Online at Auburn

Mon, 2013-09-16 10:34

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) hosted a ceremony Friday, September 13 to dedicate the Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced
Science, Innovation and Commerce at Auburn University in Alabama.
The Center is a $28.8 million
research facility designed to support multidisciplinary research in bioenergy,
water quality, food safety and engineering, genomics, information science and
ecosystem health. The new lab includes 20 high-tech
laboratories with specialized equipment, a super computer, seminar rooms and

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Myth vs. Fact: Myth #3: Business Owners Will Be Fined If They Don’t Notify Their Employees About the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Thu, 2013-09-12 15:41

As a business owner, it's important to understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business. However, with so many misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act works, this can be difficult. 
As part of our ongoing blog series, "Myth vs. Fact: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business," this week we're debunking another common myth: Business owners will be fined if they don't provide notification to their employees about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

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6 Quick Ways to Use Social Media for Branding

Thu, 2013-09-12 10:06

While there’s no overnight success when it comes to converting social media followers to customers, there are some strategies you can implement immediately to see results. Remember the importance of branding – every social interaction says something about your brand. Here’s how to make sure it says exactly what you want your brand to convey:
1. Upload Consistent Avatars

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A Joint Imperative to Strengthen Skills

Wed, 2013-09-11 10:00

Guest blog post by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. PerezAs two of the newest members of President Obama’s
cabinet, we’ve both spent the past few months lending a fresh set of eyes and
ears to the opportunities and challenges facing middle-class workers and
American businesses. One concern facing both communities that requires our full
attention and our joint efforts is making sure that every American has the
skills needed to succeed in the workforce.

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Google+ Hangout: Learn How to Access Health Care Coverage for Your Small Business Through Cover Oregon

Wed, 2013-09-11 08:57

SBA and Cover Oregon have teamed up to host a series of Google+ Hangouts on the Affordable Care Act. The final Hangout on Tuesday, September 17 will cover what small businesses need to know about Oregon’s Marketplace, Cover Oregon, and how they will access coverage through the web portal – Cover Oregon will address specific small business needs including:

Requesting real-time carrier quotes including available plans and rates

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