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Natural Capital in the Big Apple: Upcoming Roundtable Set for Columbia University’s Earth Institute

Mon, 2015-08-24 11:34

Hosted by the Commerce Department, the third natural capital business roundtable in a series focusing on coastal regions is set to take place September 18th at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. The three target industries for the day-long New York City meeting will be financial services, real estate development/construction, and re/insurance.

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A New Kind of Media Using Government Data

Mon, 2015-08-24 09:54

Guest blog post by Eric Newburger, Senior Scientist for Data Training, Office of the Chief Data Officer
MSNBC has published a data-heavy story collection that takes advantage of the internet’s power to communicate not only faster, but in different and meaningful ways.  “The Geography of Poverty” combines narrative, data graphics, and photo-essay content through an interface so seamless as to be almost invisible.

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Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Pass a Responsible Budget

Sat, 2015-08-22 06:00

In this week's address, the President spoke to the economic progress that our country has made, from 13 million new jobs created over the past five and a half years, to 17 states raising the minimum wage. Congress needs to do its part to continue to help grow the economy, but instead left town last month with a great deal undone.

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Next Steps in Developing the Precision Medicine Initiative

Fri, 2015-08-21 19:48

The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is dedicated to enabling a new era of medicine through research, technology, and policies that will lead to the development of individualized, tailored treatments for patients. This vision will allow everyone to become an active participant in scientific discovery – furthering an open and inclusive model for better recruitment of and partnership with research participants. Why is this so important? We have seen incredible innovations in health care, and central to many of those advances have been people participating in research.

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West Wing Week: 8/21/15 or, "A Look Ahead"

Fri, 2015-08-21 10:00

Last week, we took you behind the scenes of some of the summer's most momentous White House moments. This week, we'll preview some of the exciting events on the President's schedule in the weeks to come.

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The 10 New Resilience AmeriCorps Cities Selected for Its Climate Resilience Pilot Program

Thu, 2015-08-20 17:57

We know that when it comes to action on climate change, some of the best work is happening in small towns and big cities across the country. 

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Portland is PDX, Beervana and Bridgetown

Thu, 2015-08-20 15:08

The SBIR Road Tour continues and the stop in Seattle on August 19 was a great success with entrepreneurs, innovator and capital pools talking about cutting-edge technology and scientific...

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My Letter to the President:

Thu, 2015-08-20 11:30

Today, the White House is launching a new Tumblr account called "Letters to President Obama," where we'll highlight letters that Americans have written to the President. Follow along here.

Earlier this morning, Natoma Canfield — a cancer survivor from Ohio — sent the following message to the White House email list, sharing what happened when she wrote the President a letter encouraging him to "stay focused" in his efforts to reform America's health care system.

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U.S. Minority-Owned Firms Continue to Outpace Growth of Nonminority-Owned Firms

Thu, 2015-08-20 10:29

Earlier this week, the U.S. Census Bureau released preliminary results from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) and minority-owned businesses continue to grow significantly faster than nonminority-owned businesses. The number of minority business enterprises (MBEs) increased 39 percent between 2007 and 2012 from 5.8 million to 8.0 million), or more than three times faster than population growth among minorities. Employment at minority-owned firms increased 33 percent to 7.7 million jobs, while gross receipts were up 53 percent from 2007.

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Choosing a Business Name: 5 Interesting Things to Know

Thu, 2015-08-20 05:00

There’s plenty of advice out there about choosing a business name, such as the need to do a name search in your state, a trademark search, register the name, and other key legal issues.  Those are...

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