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5 Tips to Help You Run a More Productive and Less Isolated Home Business

Thu, 2012-07-12 07:21

If you run a home-based business, you probably are an object of envy for your family, friends and neighbors. “You’re so lucky!” or “I wish I could work from home” are probably familiar phrases to you.
Whether your hours are 9-5, or 6-3, the home can be a low-cost haven of productivity and efficiency, giving you the opportunity to balance the demands of work and life without the pressures of a commute or the costs of a commercial lease.

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Acting Secretary Blank Begins 3-Day Innovation Tour with Stop in Silicon Valley to Discuss Newly Announced Patent and Trademark Office

Wed, 2012-07-11 20:00

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered remarks to a full house and participated in a panel discussion at San Jose State University on driving U.S. innovation to create jobs. The panel was moderated by Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Blank was joined by Dr. Pat Kennedy, CEO of OSISoft, Eric Kelly, President and CEO of Overland Storage  and Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, President of San Jose State University.

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Implementing the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization: Seeking Public Comment by July 16

Wed, 2012-07-11 19:01

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs have funded great companies like Qualcomm, Genzyme, and iRobot in their earliest days.  These federal programs are what help our entrepreneurs grow, succeed and create jobs, and the Obama Administration has made its success a priority. 

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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.

The
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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