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NOAA: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Thu, 2012-04-19 16:00

The first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins Sunday, April 22, and Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to raise awareness and save lives. Last year, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.

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Showcasing Small Businesses on Earth Day: SBA Help Turns Trash to Profits and Creates Green Jobs for Nebraska Small Business

Thu, 2012-04-19 15:09

We all know we need to be good stewards of the earth, but did you know that with the help of SBA, some communities are celebrating Earth Day every day due to the efforts of small business?  And, they are getting paid to do it!

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Is Google Plus Right for Your Small Business?

Thu, 2012-04-19 07:11

Does your small business have a presence on Facebook or Twitter? Are you wondering whether it’s worth investing time and resources in yet another social network? When Google rolled out Google Plus (Google+) last year, many asked the same question. And they’re still asking.
There’s no doubt that social media is a great outreach and engagement tool for small businesses with limited marketing budgets. But as more and more social networks come online (Pinterest anyone?) is it really worth the effort to branch out and jump on every social media bandwagon that comes along?

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Two New Advanced Laboratories Open at NIST Boulder and JILA

Wed, 2012-04-18 16:30

Two new advanced laboratory buildings for high-precision science and measurements have officially opened in Boulder, Colo., providing upgraded facilities to support technology innovation and economic growth as well as the training of future scientists.Federal, state and local government officials, university leaders, and Nobel laureates were among those attending the April 13, 2012, dedication ceremonies and tours at the new Precision Measurement Laboratory (PML) on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder and at the new X-Wing at JILA, a joint venture of

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Starting a Mobile Food Concession Business? Be Sure to Follow the Rules of the Road

Wed, 2012-04-18 07:24

Want to take your restaurant on the road? Interested in starting a food-service business that affords lower overhead costs than a bricks and mortar restaurant?

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Deputy Secretary Blank Speaks on the Role of Innovation in the U.S. Economy

Tue, 2012-04-17 19:00

Guest blog post by Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank This afternoon, I had the honor of addressing an annual conference on innovation, sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.

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Marketing to Customers in a Post-Recession Economy

Tue, 2012-04-17 15:57

The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but it sure didn't feel that way for most consumers (or businesses). Now, however, the economy finally is on an upward trajectory, with consumer sentiment, business hiring plans and employment data all looking up. Whether your company targets consumers or businesses, here’s what to keep in mind to successfully market to customers as their spirits rise and their wallets start to open again.

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NOAA Releases New Views of Earth’s Ocean Floor

Tue, 2012-04-17 13:15

NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world’s coasts, continental shelves and deep ocean available for easy viewing online.

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Are you a Small Business that has been helped by SBA? Don’t miss our National Small Business Week Video Contest

Mon, 2012-04-16 11:54

It’s almost time for National Small Business Week 2012 - and to kick things off we are launching a video contest. 
Each week I travel around the country and hear from business owners about how SBA has helped them start, grow and succeed.  I’m often inspired by each business’ ingenuity, and it’s the small business owners I meet each week that are making communities strong and keeping America competitive. 

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UPDATED: Are you a Small Business that has been helped by SBA? Don’t miss our National Small Business Week Video Contest

Mon, 2012-04-16 11:54

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Videos can be submitted through until 5pm EDT, May 15, 2012. Questions can be addressed to

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