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NIST: Creating Jobs with Innovation

Fri, 2012-06-15 11:45

Guest blog post by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary  of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyWe’ve been hearing a lot about manufacturing, especially advanced manufacturing, these days. Things like U.S. manufacturing :Is critical to innovation since it’s responsible for most of our private sector research and development;Is increasingly about sophisticated computer-driven, highly productive worksites requiring skilled workers; andIs a growing source of good jobs.What we don’t hear about as often are specific cases where U.S.

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New $6 Million Strong Cities, Strong Communities Challenge to Spur Economic Growth in Six Cities

Thu, 2012-06-14 16:10

Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt ErskineToday, at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Orlando, Florida, I joined Erika Poethig, the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S.

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NIST Effort Could Improve High-Tech Medical Scanners

Thu, 2012-06-14 12:45

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room—and a team of scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken steps to ensure it performs as well when discerning oxygen-depleted tissues and cancer cells in the body as it does with oil spills in the ocean.The technique, called hyperspectral imaging (HSI), has frequently been used in satellites because of its superior ability to identify objects by color.

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How to Market Your Business at Summer Events, Fairs and Festivals

Thu, 2012-06-14 10:57

Summer’s here and for most communities, that means the season of outdoor fairs, festivals and other events is underway. For a small business, community events like these can be a great opportunity to market your products and services to local residents and other event-goers. Here are some steps to get you started.

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4 Tips for Getting the Sales Department to Buy-In to Your Next Marketing Campaign

Thu, 2012-06-14 07:34

Are you the person in charge of running your small company’s marketing campaigns? Ever get a sense there’s a disconnect between what the Marketing team and the Sales team are doing?

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Acting Secretary Blank Highlights Competitions As a Tool For Improving American Competitiveness

Wed, 2012-06-13 15:00

This morning, Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank spoke before the Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. The competition is part of the Obama administration's Startup America Initiative, the White House campaign to inspire and promote entrepreneurship. Launched in December 2011, the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition included six regional competitions that served as platforms for college students to present business plans that transform great clean energy ideas into great businesses.

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Commerce's ITA Releases Data Showing International Visitor Spending Continues at Record-Setting Pace

Wed, 2012-06-13 14:10

Rate is twelve percent increase over last yearCommerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) today released tourism data revealing that international visitors spent an estimated $14 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in April 2012—$1.5 billion more (12 percent) than was spent in April 2011. The new data reaffirms the importance of the Obama administration’s efforts to increase travel and tourism in the United States and comes on the heels of the release of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy (PDF) last month.

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Run a Home-Based Business? – Find the Licenses and Permits You Need

Wed, 2012-06-13 07:13

Whether you’re starting a business from home or looking to move into a home office, it’s important not to overlook the fact that your business is still subject to license and permit laws.
Why? One of the main reasons any business owner is required to carry a license is so that revenue can be tracked for taxation purposes. Businesses that sell taxable goods or services also need a sales tax license or permit. Licenses and permits are also used to protect the public and are required in federally regulated industries (aviation, firearms, alcohol businesses, etc.).

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Acting Commerce Secretary Blank Promotes U.S.-India Commercial Relations

Tue, 2012-06-12 17:45

morning, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered
remarks to the U.S.-India Business Council in Washington, DC as part
of their 37th Anniversary Leadership Summit, in advance of the U.S.-India Strategic

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