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Can You Become A Part-Time Franchisee?

Tue, 2012-07-03 09:31

Is it possible to find a legitimate franchise opportunity that only requires a few hours a week to run? And, if you do find a part-time franchise, can you make enough money for it to be worth your up-front investment, and of course, your time? Let’s find out.
First off, it’s important for you to be able to distinguish a true franchise-type of business, from a non-franchise business.
In most cases, franchise ownership offers;
·       A proven business system that’s easy to replicate
·       A formal training program

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MBDA Achieves 130x Return on Taxpayer Investment in FY2011

Tue, 2012-07-03 09:15

Guest blog post by David Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development AgencyWhen Muhammad Ali, the legendary world heavyweight boxing champion, was
asked by reporters why he kept boasting about being the greatest in the
ring, he used to say, “It isn’t bragging if you can back it up.”

The MBDA FY2011 Annual Performance Report (APR)
(7MB PDF) backs up what we’ve been saying about MBDA’s achievements under
President Obama. In 2011, we registered the best performance in our
43-year history. It was our third record-breaking year in a row.

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Small Businesses Receive More than $90 Billion in Federal Contracts in FY11

Tue, 2012-07-03 08:16

Small business procurement is one of the largest and most important programs for small businesses across the federal government.   In FY2011 the federal government awarded more than $91.5 billion in federal contracts to small businesses, which represented 21.65 percent of small business eligible federal contract dollars.  During the first three years of the Obama Administration, the federal government awarded $286.3 billion or 22.07 percent in federal contracting dollars to small businesses.  This is a $32 billion increase over the three preceding years even as contracting spending overall

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Importing Goods into the U.S. – An Introductory Guide for Small Business Owners

Tue, 2012-07-03 07:48

Whether you’re looking to diversify your product line or leverage cheaper-made merchandise, selling imported goods in the U.S. can be an important ingredient in small business success.

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Dallas, Denver and San Jose Join Detroit as Regional U.S. Patent Offices

Mon, 2012-07-02 11:00

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced plans
to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado,
and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to the
already-announced first USPTO satellite office to open on July 13 in Detroit,
Michigan. The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity,

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Payments On the Go – Turning Your Mobile Device Into a Cash Register

Mon, 2012-07-02 07:41

Have you considered dispensing with your cash register or offering more flexible payment options for your customers?
If you’ve ever purchased anything from an Apple store, you’ll recall that they don’t have a single cash register on the premises. Instead, all payment transactions are conducted by Apple’s employees using mobile devices.

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General Counsel Kerry Leads Administration Efforts to Support Long-Term Economic Growth in Iraq

Fri, 2012-06-29 11:35

Guest blog post by Cameron F. Kerry, Department of
Commerce General Counsel

On June 28, 2004, Iraq's first democratically elected government assumed full
sovereign authority. Eight years later, I joined Iraqi counterparts to
discuss Iraq's next great challenge: integrating itself into the world economy.
Overcoming this challenge is a critical step in Iraq's transition since, as
President Obama has noted, “Iraq is assuming its rightful place among the
community of nations.”

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NIST Kicks Off New National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

Fri, 2012-06-29 11:00

Guest blog post by Donna Dodson, Chief, Computer Security Division and Acting Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyThis week, Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a workshop to kick off the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a new public-private collaboration that will bring together experts from industry, government and academia to design, implement, test and demonstrate integrated cybersecurity solutions and promote their widespread adoption.IT is central to financial,

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Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Wrapped up Her Visit to Turkey with Concrete Steps to Advance the U.S-Turkish Commercial Relationship

Thu, 2012-06-28 11:00

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary
Rebecca Blank wrapped up her visit to Turkey after co-chairing the second
meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Framework for Strategic Economic and Commercial
Cooperation (FSECC) with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in Ankara
yesterday. The Turkish delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan
and Minister of the Economy Zafer Caglayan.

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Chicago Today, Russia Tomorrow

Thu, 2012-06-28 09:45

Cross-posted from ITA Tradeology blog by Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
Today I was fortunate enough to speak at the SMC3 conference in Chicago about the progress we’ve made toward achieving the President’s goal of doubling U.S. exports. SMC3 is
a supply chain industry association that provides technology to
shipping and logistics companies across the country, the very same
companies who ensure the efficient transportation of American exports.
Each year, the conference brings together representatives from America’s

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