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NOAA: U.S. Records Warmest March; More than 15,000 Warm Temperature Records Broken

Mon, 2012-04-09 12:15

First quarter of 2012 also warmest on record; early March tornado outbreak is year's first "billion dollar disaster"According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, record- and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation and contributed to the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. Over 15,000 records were broken as March 2012 became the warmest on record.

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3 Tips for Growing Your Business During Tough Times

Mon, 2012-04-09 07:13

The idea of starting a business during a recession or growing a business during tough times may sound like the ultimate challenge for any entrepreneur or small business owner. Yet, time and time again, small businesses prove that with agility, planning, and the right resources, tough times aren’t just survivable – they can spur growth.
Take for example SBA’s 2011 National Small Business Person of the Year, Rick Cochran, whose Vermont-based Mobile Medical International (MMI), provides advanced medical care to underserved areas.

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BEA in the 1940s

Fri, 2012-04-06 10:00

Ed. Note: This post is part of a series following the release of

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Secretary Bryson Talks about Turkish-American Economic Cooperation

Thu, 2012-04-05 14:45

Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson delivered keynote remarks at a luncheon co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON). The event, titled “Building on the Progress in Turkish-American Economic Cooperation,” comes at an exciting time in U.S.-Turkish relations, with bilateral trade reaching a record level of $20 billion this past year.Turkey is the world’s-17th largest economy, and was the world’s second-fastest growing economy in 2011.

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New Law Incorporates Small Business Feedback: JOBS Act Creates Crowdfunding Opportunities, Eases IPO Rules

Thu, 2012-04-05 13:57

Today, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS), making it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to obtain much needed access to capital. This new law creates an enhanced environment for growth.

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Creating High-Quality Jobs in Growing Industries through Public-Private Partnerships

Thu, 2012-04-05 13:45

Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Matt ErskineThere are dynamic collaborations and initiatives supporting regional growth strategies across the country. Today, I addressed a group of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and technology commercialization leaders brought together by Technology Ventures Corporation during their Deal Stream Summit. This premier conference seeks to facilitate investment partnerships between federal labs, start-ups, innovators, and the venture community to bolster commercialization of technology and increase competitiveness.

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What Your Small Business Needs to Know About The Facebook Timeline

Thu, 2012-04-05 13:44

As of March 30, 2012 – like it or not – your Facebook page for your business changed.   If you had a custom Welcome tab, as many small businesses did -- one that said “Like our Page” or had a special offer -- it is no longer the first thing that people visiting your Facebook page will see.

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Secretary Bryson Addresses the Industry Trade Advisory Committees

Thu, 2012-04-05 12:45

Earlier today, Secretary John Bryson addressed the advisers of the Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) at a quarterly plenary session at the Department of Commerce. The Secretary laid out his priorities in manufacturing, trade and investment.The ITACs are comprised of U.S. business leaders who assist the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative with trade policy. Secretary Bryson was joined by U.S.

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SBA Surety Bonds, Pt. 4: Giving Contractors and Surety Providers a Faster, More Convenient Application Process

Thu, 2012-04-05 11:53

Contractors and surety bond providers:  Did you know the SBA guarantees surety bonds? For both small business contractors and surety agents alike, working with SBA to secure a surety bond guarantee can offer valuable benefits. 
What’s more, applying for the program is fast – the average application is reviewed in under 2 days – and contractors and agents can upload application documents online through the e-Apps system. 
SBA is working to make the online application even faster and more convenient. 

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The National Weather Service in the 1940s

Thu, 2012-04-05 10:15

Ed. Note: This post is part of a series following the release of
the 1940 Census highlighting various Commerce agencies and their hard work on

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