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Six Survival Tips for Small Business Continuity

Mon, 2015-08-31 09:34

As a small business owner, you know that being forced to close your doors, even for a day, is a costly setback.  Typically, it’s often the seemingly isolated incident, not the mega-disaster, that...

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Weekly Address: Meeting the Global Threat of Climate Change

Sat, 2015-08-29 06:00

In this week's address, the President spoke about his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century. In his address, the President spoke to ways in which we can address these challenges, including the transition away from fossil fuels to more renewable energy sources like wind and solar, an effort in which America is already leading.

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10 Years after Being Hit by Hurricane Katrina, Seeing an Oiled Marsh at the Center of an Experiment in Oil Cleanup

Fri, 2015-08-28 12:10

Crossposted from NOAA's Response and Restoration Blog. This is a post by Vicki Loe and Amy Merten.
On August 29, 2005, not far from Chevron Pipe Line Company’s oil terminal in Buras, Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Knowing the storm was approaching, residents left the area, and Chevron shut down the crude oil terminal, evacuating all personnel.

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Satellite Technology and Spectrum Key to Better Weather Forecasting

Fri, 2015-08-28 11:16

Guest blog post by Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling.

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Lessons Learned from Katrina are Helping to Build Stronger Communities

Fri, 2015-08-28 11:03

Guest blog post by Dr. Therese P. McAllister, Group Leader of the Community Resilience Group in the Materials and Structural Systems Research Division of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later - NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey looks back

Thu, 2015-08-27 16:02

Crossposted from NOAA's Office of Coast Survey
On August 29, 2005, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were struck by one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters to hit the United States. With sustained winds during landfall of 125 miles per hour, over 1,800 people were killed, thousands of lives were disrupted, and damage estimates exceeded $150 billion.
This disaster brought together all of Coast Survey’s capabilities on an unprecedented scale to help in response and recovery efforts in the storm’s aftermath.

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Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Thu, 2015-08-27 11:20

This blog post will be updated throughout the day as the President travels to New Orleans to meet with the Mayor and residents who have rebuilt their lives since the storm. Stay tuned here for updates on the trip and to watch his remarks at 4:55 p.m. EDT.

Today's Schedule:


10:45AM        The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
11:00AM        The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to New Orleans, Louisiana


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Second Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2015

Thu, 2015-08-27 09:30

Real GDP growth in the second quarter was revised markedly upward, as consumers spent more and businesses invested more than previously estimated. The economy grew at a much faster pace in the second quarter than in the first, with strong personal consumption leading the rebound.

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Summary of New Orleans Entrepreneurial Twitter Chat

Wed, 2015-08-26 17:43

Join @IdeaVillage @PowerMovesNOLA and others in one hour for a #NOLABiz chat about #Entreprenuership
— U.S. Commerce Dept. (@CommerceGov) August 26, 2015
Greg Thompson, Director of #NewOrleans export Assistance Center is here to answer any #NOLABiz questions! Let the chat begin....#Katrina10
— ITA (@TradeGov) August 26, 2015
Join us for an amazing conversation for today's #NOLABiz chat! What do you ant to know? #NOLAEconomy #Katrina10
— PowerMovesNOLA (@PowerMovesNOLA) August 26, 2015

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USPTO Supports Invention, Innovation and Economic Growth in the Gulf and Across the Country

Wed, 2015-08-26 16:44

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invests resources in the Gulf and across the country to create an environment ripe for private sector investment, competitive markets, and small businesses to flourish.   The USPTO offers pro bono programs to under-resourced businesses seeking legal advice; accelerates patent examination options with big discounts for small businesses; provides IP assessment tools to help businesses realize patent strategies available to them; and offers Small Business Innovation Research grants.

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