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Guest blog post: Developing Foreign Business is Easier than You Think

Wed, 2013-05-29 14:15

Guest blog post by Dr. Cody Friesen, founder and president of Fluidic Energy, an associate professor at Arizona State University and a member of the U.S. Manufacturing Council.As the founder of Fluidic Energy and a member of the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council, I’m always mindful of the state of the economy. It’s impossible not to notice the beneficial impact of trade, and the importance of manufacturing, to the continued growth of U.S. exports.The Manufacturing Council exists to advise Commerce leadership on the best policies to support manufacturing and U.S.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Peggy Leung-Dombrowski, Acting Chief Learning Officer, Office of Human Resources Management

Wed, 2013-05-29 10:20

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Ms. Peggy Leung-Dombrowski, Acting Chief Learning Officer,

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Developing a Mobile App? Follow These 12 Tips for Protecting and Securing User Data

Wed, 2013-05-29 06:51

Smartphone and tablet users will download 70 billion apps this year, according to an estimate by ABI Research. And the total global mobile app market is expected to be worth $25 billion by 2015 reports TechCrunch.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Vikrum Aiyer, Special Adviser, USPTO

Tue, 2013-05-28 16:15

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Vikrum Aiyer, Special Adviser to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, USPTOSome of the most disruptive solutions to the world's most pressing challenges are laid out in applications submitted to our office.

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NOAA: National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 26 — June 1, 2013

Tue, 2013-05-28 11:30

National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and history teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents.

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8 Ways the U.S. Government Can Help You Finance Your Small Business Exports

Tue, 2013-05-28 07:24

Looking to expand into overseas markets?
Whether you are entering the export market, looking to upgrade your equipment or facilities in preparation for exporting, or helping your international buyers do business with you – there’s a U.S. government financing program that can help.

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Obama Administration Announces Make It In America Challenge Accepting Applications Through May 31

Fri, 2013-05-24 11:07

Challenge Focused on Encouraging Businesses to Bring
Production Back to the United States or Expand Domestic
Obama Administration today announced that it is accepting proposals through May
31, 2013, for the Make
it in America Challenge, a $40 million competition funded by multiple
federal agencies that is designed to encourage investment and job creation in
the United States. Up to 15 awards will be made to challenge applicants who put
forth one plan to accelerate job creation by encouraging re-shoring of

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Is Your Business Ready for the next Hurricane Sandy?

Thu, 2013-05-23 17:34

Even before the big storm hits, small businesses start losing money once the severe weather advisories go out. The cost of shutting down, even for a few hours, is a huge expense most small businesses aren’t prepared to cover.
Hurricane Sandy caught most people off guard. The late-season storm brought flooding and power outages that caused billions in losses. The SBA approved more than 3,600 disaster loans for $393 million to businesses affected by Sandy. When you add the home disaster loans made by SBA, more than 35,400 loans were approved for a total of $2.3 billion.

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NOAA Releases Hurricane Predictions for 2013 Season

Thu, 2013-05-23 16:30

NOAA expects an active Atlantic hurricane season, but below-normal Pacific hurricane seasonIn its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

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Digital Government Strategy Brings Big Changes to the Commerce Department

Thu, 2013-05-23 10:00

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy,
an effort by the Administration to transform public-facing government services
in line with 21st century expectations. The Department of Commerce has made some big strides
in providing better information to citizens in a timely manner through multiple
formats and increasing access to services on mobile devices. The goal is to make citizen services and
information available anywhere, anytime, and on any device, and in formats that

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