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Autodesk Promotes Increasing Infrastructure Investment and Use of Technology During Latin America Trade Mission

Thu, 2013-05-16 14:30

Autodesk Promotes Increasing
Infrastructure Investment and Use of Technology During Latin America Trade
Mission

Guest Blog Post by Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice
President of Information Modeling products, Autodesk Inc.

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Give Your Small Business a Spring Clean – 8 Tips That May Inspire You

Thu, 2013-05-16 07:44

Did you give your business a spring clean this year?  Are you looking for new ways to boost sales, build your brand or get your business plan back on track?
This is the topic of one of SBA’s monthly web chats – Small Business Spring Clean: How to Keep Your Business Ideas Fresh – hosted by Octavia Kuransky, Program Development Manager at Central Alabama Women’s Business Center (and archived on SBA’s Learning Center).
Check out some of these great suggestions from Octavia’s session and be inspired!
Q: When should a small business website be updated?

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Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Commemorates the Anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

Wed, 2013-05-15 17:20

One of the Commerce Department’s top priorities is to strengthen the economic ties between the United States and our trading partners.

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Greeley and Hansen Plans to Increase Infrastructure Export Opportunities in Latin America

Wed, 2013-05-15 16:30

Guest post by John C. Robak, Executive Vice President
& Chief Operating Officer, Greeley and HansenED Note: Greeley and Hansen is a global leader in developing innovative engineering, architecture, and management solutions for a wide array of complex water, wastewater, and water-related infrastructure challenges. The firm has built upon nearly 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation to become a premier provider of comprehensive services in the water and wastewater sectors.

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Remarks on the Anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

Wed, 2013-05-15 16:30

AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERYWednesday, May 15, 2013CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS202-482-4883Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankRemarks on the Anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion AgreementThank
you, Vice Minister Duque. Buenas tardes. I also want to recognize Ambassador
McKinley.

Thank
you to our organizers today: Camilo Reyes and everyone at the American Chamber
of Commerce. And thanks to Ricardo Triana and Francisco Thiermann and the folks
at the Council of American Enterprises. 

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Mentoring is Key to Small Business Success

Wed, 2013-05-15 15:30

 
A lot has been written about why having a mentor is a good idea for entrepreneurs. One great article by Peter Cohan of Inc., gives seven reasons you need a mentor and another over on Tech Start Hub provides six. It’s clear that the experts agree: working with a mentor has a positive impact on startups.
But I want to show you evidence – hard numbers – that proves that mentorship really does create greater success for small businesses:

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RFP-EZ Delivers Savings for Taxpayers, New Opportunities for Small Business

Wed, 2013-05-15 13:09

America’s small information technology firms are some of the most innovative in the world. They are nimble, creative and can get the job done. And thanks to a new online government platform, it is getting easier for them to address some of the Federal Government’s most pressing IT needs. It’s a win-win: Small technology companies get easier access to the Federal Government’s nearly $77 billion information technology supply chain, providing a potentially critical revenue stream as they build their operations.

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Aviation Partnership Reaping Benefits for America and Brazil

Wed, 2013-05-15 13:02

Guest blog post by Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca BlankYesterday, as part of my infrastructure business development trade mission to Brazil, Assistant Secretary Susan Kurland of the U.S. Department of Transportation and I took a tour of the facilities at Embraer -- a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. Embraer is one example of a Brazilian company making substantial investments in the United States, and employs more than 1,000 U.S. workers to support its U.S. operations in Ft.

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5 Tips for Hiring and Managing a Summer Intern

Wed, 2013-05-15 07:35

Is your small business looking to hire an intern this summer? You’re not alone! According to a December 2012 survey by Internships.com, 53 percent of the 300 companies surveyed plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012.

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Need Help Exporting? Join SBA’s Google+ Hangout for Tips to Get You Started

Tue, 2013-05-14 18:25

 
Thinking about exporting, but don’t know where to start?  As part of World Trade Month, SBA will host a Google+ Hangout on May 22. The hangout will highlight ways that business can use federal government resources to increase exports.
When:
Wednesday, May 22 at 3pm ET
Who:

Dario Gomez, U.S. Small Business Administration, Associate Administrator for International Trade

Antwaun Griffin, U.S. Department of Commerce- International Trade Administration, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations

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