Guest blog post by Debbie Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks at
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.Learning about the value of intellectual property may not sound
like fun and games, but for more than 15,000 people who visited the United
States Patent and Trademark Office last Friday and Saturday, that’s exactly
Guest blog post by by
John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Department of CommerceThe
Obama administration is collaborating with the private sector in an unprecedented
way to promote American innovation, ignite entrepreneurship, and spur small
business development to get the economy moving and put people back to work.
Business partnerships are common among startups and small businesses, and it’s not hard to see why. From an entrepreneurial standpoint the benefits are plentiful. The right business partnership is like a good marriage – not only do you have someone who shares your vision but you also get help with the financial and practical side of business ownership.
You may have missed a new rule from the Federal Trade Commission that took effect this month, beginning Oct. 1. If your business accepts payment by credit or debit card, these new rules of the merchant superhighway may help you lower your cost of doing business.
The rules deal with interchange fees for debit card transactions, the discounts on the purchase price you offer your customers when they pay in certain ways, minimum dollar amounts for credit card purchases, and the networks available for routing debit card transactions.
The new rules include provisions that:
help revitalize the domestic railway manufacturing sector, support Obama
Administration’s historic investments in transportation and create jobsU.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank
today announced a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic
manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. suppliers through transportation
This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest Retail
Sales figures for September and they went up sharply (1.1percent), with gains in
lots of categories. The gains in July and August were revised upwards,
too. From an economic growth point of view, this is unequivocally good
news. However, history and statistics tell us not to get too excited over
a single data point. So, although this is good news, it is clear that economy is
not growing as fast as it needs to. That’s why President Obama has proposed cutting
Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the
2011 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 14th from 10 am to 6 pm,
and Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the USPTO’s
headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event is
designed to educate the public about the value of trademarks in the
global marketplace. Last year’s Expo attracted over 10,000 visitors of
Given the potential financial risks involved in starting your own business, it’s no surprise that many successful entrepreneurs begin their businesses as part-time ventures.
In fact, the old adage – “don’t give up your day job” – rings true for many would-be entrepreneurs who are well aware of the benefits of maintaining a salaried income until they can get their start-up venture off the ground. Likewise, part-time business ownership is also a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents looking to supplement family income while maintaining a flexible and rewarding career.
Are you active on Twitter? Looking for more ways to improve the effectiveness of your Tweets?
Getting the most out of our Tweets can really improve your brand exposure, drive traffic to your website, and show that you are active and engaged with your customers and prospects.
But to do this you need to step back and assess where you are today and ask yourself a few questions about your Twitter strategy. For example:
Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) colleagues of
Dan Shechtman joined others in the scientific community today in
congratulating him on winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Shechtman made his astonishing discovery of a quasicrystal—an
arrangement of atoms thought to be forbidden by nature—while working as a
guest researcher at NIST (then known as the National Bureau of