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22 Ways the Department Of Commerce Is Supporting and Fostering American Innovation

Wed, 2012-07-11 12:30

In an increasingly competitive world, the United States must
invest in its best scientists,
researchers and entrepreneurs so that they innovate here, make things here, and
create good paying, high quality jobs for middle class families. The
Department of Commerce and its bureaus are supporting and fostering innovation at
all stages of product development, from original research through to final
manufactured goods.

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Facebook, Credit Checks, Criminal Records? Where the Law Stands on Employee Background Checks

Wed, 2012-07-11 07:09

You’ve probably heard about the controversy surrounding employers asking job applicants for their Facebook user names and passwords as part of the background check process. It sounds shocking, but it happens – particularly among law enforcement entities – but even among private sector employers who feel they have a reason to go that extra step to weed out potentially undesirable employees.
Unethical as it may seem, what does the law say about this?

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NOAA's State of the Climate Report for June 2012

Tue, 2012-07-10 10:45

Nation experiences warmest first half of year; wildfires claim 1.3 million acres across nationCommerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues its monthly state of the climate report for June, 2012. The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century average. Scorching temperatures during the second half of the month led to at least 170 all-time high temperature records broken or tied.

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Starting a Business in Rural America? Watch the Rural Economic Forum for Business Resources

Mon, 2012-07-09 21:23

On Thursday, SBA and the White House, in conjunction with the Delta Regional Authority and the Appalachian Regional Commission, will host the Oxford, Mississippi Rural Economic Forum, connecting entrepreneurs and business owners with resources, programs and services to start or a grow a business. 

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Innovation in the Marketplace: Dr. Desh Deshpande on Successful Proof of Concept Centers

Mon, 2012-07-09 13:30

Guest blog post by Nish Acharya, Director
of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s
Economic Development Administration.

National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) supports
President Obama’s innovation strategy by helping to develop policies that
foster entrepreneurship and identifying new ways to take great ideas from the
lab to the marketplace to drive economic growth and create jobs.

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Understanding the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction – What Can Your Small Business Write Off?

Mon, 2012-07-09 07:48

Small businesses are known for their philanthropic gestures. In fact, surveys suggest that 75 percent of small firms donate to charities each year, averaging a contribution of six percent of their profits. Women-owned businesses tend to donate an average of 10 percent of profits, and those with the highest revenues are, not surprisingly, the most generous. (Source)

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The Road to Revitalizing Anderson, Indiana’s Auto Sector

Fri, 2012-07-06 11:15

Guest blog post by Thomas Guevara, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and a native of IndianaAs auto communities across the country work to strengthen and redefine their economies, the Obama administration is making good on the President’s commitment to invest in American innovation and advanced manufacturing to spur growth.In my home state of Indiana, the city of Anderson, located about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis, was once home to one of the greatest concentrations (after Flint, Michigan) of General Motors facilities in the United States.

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Deadline for SBA’s 504 Jobs Act Refinancing is Approaching Fast

Thu, 2012-07-05 14:35

“Cash is King,” the old axiom goes, and it is true both in personal and business finance. Whether you are the proud owner of an active, successful company, or just taking the first steps toward your dream business, financing your venture takes center stage.
While the nation’s economy is slowly but surely recovering from the Great Recession, many businesses are still in a financial bind that makes it difficult for them to grow and create more jobs.

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How to Get More Tweets, Likes and Other Shares on Your Blog Posts

Thu, 2012-07-05 13:03

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is how to get more traffic to your company website. I always mention blogging as a key technique, of course. You set up a blog as a section of your website. You publish compelling content on the blog. People come to the blog to read it. While on your blog they can learn more about your company, and may jump over to other sections of your site to check out your products and/or services. And if they are impressed by your content, they may share it with their circles of influence, leading to more people visiting.

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4 Tips for Researching and Finding Wholesale Suppliers

Thu, 2012-07-05 07:48

Starting a retail or service business? Looking to form relationships with wholesale suppliers?
There are currently 300,000 companies in the U.S. wholesale distribution industry, so as you can imagine, finding and forming trusted relationships with wholesalers takes time and research.
Here are some tips for finding wholesalers, and best practices for entering into agreements with them.
1. The Wholesale Business

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