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Acting Secretary Blank Delivers Remarks at BIS Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy

Tue, 2012-07-17 13:45

On Tuesday, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered the keynote address at the Conference on Export Controls Policy, hosted by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. This annual conference is the U.S. Government’s major export control outreach and education event of the year.In her remarks, Dr. Blank highlighted progress on President Obama’s Export Control Reform Initiative and the National Export Initiative, saying that success in both areas is important for strengthening the American economy and creating more jobs, which are the president’s top priorities.

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How a Business Email Address Can Hurt or Help Your Financing Efforts

Tue, 2012-07-17 11:57

We can all agree that email is another tool used for exchanging information. But when it comes to business, it plays a much greater role then many people seem to realize.
Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes business owners make is obtaining a business email account from one of the many free email services available on the Internet. While a free email services does serve a purpose, it can give a bad impression to a potential customer or even hurt your chances for obtaining credit because some creditors require a dedicated business email account.

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Driving Broadband Adoption in the Latino Community

Mon, 2012-07-16 10:34

Cross-posted from NTIA blog by Anna M. Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and InformationI recently had the opportunity to speak to the National Association of Latino
Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the League of United Latin American
Citizens (LULAC) about NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)
and the work it is doing to promote broadband adoption in the Latino
A high-speed Internet connection can provide access to everything from online

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Investors and VCs – How to Shape Up Your Business Pitch and Financial Models

Mon, 2012-07-16 06:47

Got a great business idea? Already tested your product or market? All you need now is an injection of cash to help you realize your business dream? Maybe now’s the time to approach an angel investor or venture capital (VC) firm.
But how can you get the attention of investors, prepare for your presentation and be sure you have all your financial models vetted and ready to share? Here is a cross-section of tips from a variety of experts who’ve sat on both sides of the table.
Finding Investors

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Acting Secretary Blank Cuts Ribbon to Open U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit, Michigan

Fri, 2012-07-13 17:00

Acting Secretary Blank wrapped up her 3-day Innovation Tour with a stop in Detroit, Michigan today to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially launch the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO Satellite Office. She was joined by USPTO Director Kappos, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, U.S.

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International Visitors to the U.S. Spent Record $13.9 billion in May, Helping Support U.S. Jobs

Fri, 2012-07-13 15:30

Guest blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Tourism is America’s number one service export, and today we have even more evidence that America is indeed open for business. New data released by the U.S. Commerce Department today shows that international visitors spent nearly $14 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in May—$1 billion more than was spent in May 2011—marking 29 straight months of growth. This data also means that the U.S.

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Innovation and the Economy

Fri, 2012-07-13 11:00

Guest blog post by Patrick Kennedy, Founder and CEO of OSIsoft LLC.ED Note:OSIsoft LLC produces the PI System, the world leading product for managing and monitoring real time information supporting quality, energy management, safety and other productivity applications. It is an 850 person software company that builds industrial software for monitoring manufacturing and one of the winners of the President’s E-Awards in 2012. OSIsoft LLC was founded in 1980 and has grown to operate in 110
countries and, in the last five years, exported over $0.5 Billion in

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Acting Secretary Blank Travels to Denver to Highlight Innovation and Newly-Announced Patent and Trademark Office

Thu, 2012-07-12 16:15

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank was in Denver, Colo.
today to discuss ways to support innovation and create jobs,
particularly through the protection of intellectual property. In the
morning, Blank attended a breakfast hosted by the Colorado Innovation
Network, where she spoke with local business leaders. She listened to
their ideas and suggestions for how Commerce can better support them in
their efforts to create jobs by encouraging innovation.Later this morning, the Acting Secretary delivered remarks

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The Power of Face-to-Face Networking

Thu, 2012-07-12 11:34

Every day, like many of you (or hopefully most of you) I network—from the comfort of my home or my office. I spend a good part of my day participating in social media, posting on Facebook, LinkedIn and mostly Twitter. One of my business partners also posts our content on other social media platforms.

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Operation Boots to Business Introduces Returning Veterans to Entrepreneurship

Thu, 2012-07-12 10:22

Our mission in the Office of Veterans Business Development is to support the men and women who have returned home from active duty and are interested in starting or purchasing their own business. 
Veterans already over-index in entrepreneurship.  Nine percent of all U.S. firms are owned by veterans.  More than 2.4 million veteran-owned businesses employ more than 5.75 million individuals.  So we know that providing greater access and opportunity to these veteran-owned small businesses will strengthen the American economy and help create jobs. 

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