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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $2.5 Million in Investments to Strengthen Innovation and Economic Growth Initiatives

Thu, 2013-08-15 11:58

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the winners of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2013 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. EDA is providing a total of $2.5 million in grants to 19 colleges and universities in 10 states to run five-year programs that will leverage university assets to promote American innovation and strengthen regional economies.

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How To Increase Your Credit Score

Wed, 2013-08-14 18:37

Are low credit scores (FICO® Scores) holding you back from getting the credit you need?
What would an extra 20, 30, 50 or even 100+ points more do for your credit scores?
If you are looking to learn how to increase your credit score, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you are trying to obtain a credit card, buy or lease a new car, purchase a home or simply raise your scores, I’m going to share with you a simple yet powerful way to do just that.
Did you know 30% of your credit scores (FICO® scores) is impacted by your debt to credit utilization?

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NOAA Acting Administrator Addresses Climate Change and Prevalence of Extreme Weather Events

Wed, 2013-08-14 14:35

Yesterday, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, acting administrator of NOAA, participated in the 6th annual Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Sullivan was part of a panel to discuss extreme weather and climate change.NOAA, part of the U.S. Commerce Department, strives to not only understand the science behind climate change, but how decision makers can apply that science to inform operations, preparedness, and future planning. Business and industry get it.

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Is Your Company Resilient Enough to Recover After a Major Disaster?

Wed, 2013-08-14 14:33

Small businesses play an important role in the nation’s economic growth.   These small companies are also vulnerable to major financial losses—to the point of being forced to shut down for good—as a result of a severe weather event.

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Small Business Exporting – Insights from National Small Business Week

Wed, 2013-08-14 07:37

“When you – as a small business – export, you strengthen our economy back here at home and help create real jobs for real people.” –Cory Simkek, Director, USEAC (Dept. of Commerce) St. Louis, MO
This year, small businesses across the country were celebrated during the 50th National Small Business Week, an annual event acknowledging the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs. Of the many topics discussed during the sessions, expert panels and Google + Hangouts, insights about exporting abounded during the daily “Growing and Going Global” panels.

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5 Ways to Help Young Entrepreneurs Finance Their Business Ideas

Mon, 2013-08-12 07:32

Today is International Youth Day – so what better way to celebrate than to talk about the incredible potential of our young entrepreneurs? In 2012, young entrepreneurs ages 20-34 comprised more than a quarter of the total new entrepreneurship activity in the United States (according to the Kauffman Foundation). That was 26 percent of first-time entrepreneurial efforts being led by the youngest age bracket.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Announces First Business Development Mission to Mexico

Fri, 2013-08-09 14:00

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
recently announced that she will lead her first business development mission to
Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico from November 18-22, 2013. This mission will
promote U.S. exports to Mexico by helping export-ready U.S. companies
launch or increase their business in a number of key industry sectors,
including: advanced manufacturing, information and communications
technology, and health IT and medical devices.

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Secretary Pritzker Completes Third Leg of National Listening Tour

Thu, 2013-08-08 20:00

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker wrapped up the
third leg of her nationwide listening tour, during which she is traveling
across the country to meet with businesses and thought leaders, entrepreneurs,
academics and Department of Commerce employees. While in Nashville, Tenn. and
Pella and Des Moines, IA, she heard from various groups and industry
representatives about their priorities, concerns and ideas on how the public
and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create

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Secretary Pritzker Discusses Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform in Iowa

Thu, 2013-08-08 18:41

Secretary Pritzker visited Des Moines, Iowa, today as part of her overall listening tour to hear directly from business leaders on how the public and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create American jobs. While in Des Moines,  Secretary Pritzker met with local business leaders on the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which is key to the country’s economic growth. Commonsense immigration reform will reduce the deficit and grow the economy. In fact, the Senate-passed bill would grow the economy by 5.4 percent over the next two decades and increase l

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Secretary Pritzker Tours Manufacturing Company, Vermeer Corporation, in Iowa

Thu, 2013-08-08 15:29

Today, Secretary Pritzker toured the Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa. Her second stop in Iowa, the visit, which is part of her nationwide listening tour, gave her an opportunity to learn how the 65-year-old manufacturing company has innovated to stay successful and competitive in the 21st century economy. The Vermeer Corporation, one of the largest employers in Pella, is a family-owned and managed U.S.

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