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USPTO Deputy Director Rea Participates in University of Michigan Law School Panel

Tue, 2012-09-25 16:15

Deputy Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Deputy U.S.Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Teresa Stanek Rea participated today in a panel titled, "The State of Patent Litigation: A Conversation with the Federal Circuit Court" at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. The event included a keynote presentation by the Honorable Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.The America Invents Act (AIA) was the main topic of the panel discussion.

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SBA and America’s Banks are Increasing Small Business Lending

Mon, 2012-09-24 16:26

A year ago, Vice President Biden and I visited a small manufacturer in Solon, Ohio. The company, Wrap Tite, used an SBA loan to purchase and renovate their new facility and to hire five new workers.
While on the shopfloor of that plant, we announced that 13 of the nation’s largest banks had committed to increase lending for small businesses by $20 billion over the next three years.

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NOAA Ramps Up 'Weather-Ready Nation' Initiative in Nation's Capital

Mon, 2012-09-24 15:15

Launches new project to enhance weather forecasts and support for D.C, BaltimoreOn Friday, Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced service improvements underway at its forecast office in Sterling, Va., which provides weather forecasts and warnings and supports public safety decision-makers in the nation's capital and Baltimore.

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Could You Finance Your Start-Up with a Microloan?

Mon, 2012-09-24 07:10

Not sure you have enough money to start a business? Before you raid your life savings or remortgage your home, you should know about some possible alternatives.

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How Small Business Helped NASA Land the Mars Curiosity Rover

Fri, 2012-09-21 14:13

Earlier this week, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden held a Google+ Hangout with a small business that helped NASA land the Curiosity rover on Mars. Staff from ATA Engineering joined the Hangout to explain their role in the Mars Science Laboratory and how small businesses can expand their markets by working with the Federal government.

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Acting Secretary Blank Applauds Local Economic Development Efforts and Announces Strong Cities, Strong Communities Challenge Winners

Fri, 2012-09-21 13:15

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina yesterday, where she discussed the Commerce Department’s initiatives to strengthen the city and the region, spurring economic development and creating jobs. Over the past few years, local officials have shared how the federal government could best help cities that were hit hard in the recession and in the years leading up to it.

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You’ve Earned a Small Business Opportunity: Entrepreneurship at 50+

Fri, 2012-09-21 08:43

Life after 50 opens the door to many opportunities and new interests, and being retired or near retirement may give you the time, resources and experience that will allow you to be more passionate about these than you have ever been before. It may be time to find the answer to the “what’s next” question you’ve been pondering.
In fact, we’re seeing a growing number of people over the age of 50 – we call them encore entrepreneurs – look to small business ownership as their next big opportunity. Think of it as a great concert. What’s the best part? The encore!

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Meet Christopher Shawn McKeehan, Program Manager, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Thu, 2012-09-20 16:56

 When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
SBA assists with creating and fostering of small businesses through financial, technical, and contract assistance.
What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?
SBA leverages public and private partnerships to benefit small businesses. 
Is there a particular small business “success story” that comes to mind when you think about how the SBA helps people?

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Energy House in Delaware Is Retraining and Giving Former Auto Workers a Leg Up in the Job Market

Thu, 2012-09-20 16:45

Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentAn impressive new training facility opened this spring at Delaware Technical and Community College’s campus in Georgetown and is expected to retrain former auto workers for new jobs in the emerging green sector. Energy House, designed to resemble an actual residence, serves as an educational lab where these workers can get a new start by learning about innovative energy-efficient technologies and renewable materials.

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Should I Apply For A Small Business Credit Card?

Thu, 2012-09-20 12:38

A small business credit card should always be the credit card you use when making business purchases. Transactions such as paying for gas in a company car, buying office supplies or taking clients out for lunch are all acceptable ways to use a small business credit card.
When it comes to personal credit cards, you should not use them for business expenses. This can potentially jeopardize the protection of the corporate veil because you are co-mingling funds. Did you know corporate veil piercing is the top litigated issue in corporate law today?

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