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Spotlight on Commerce: Ellen Herbst, Senior Adviser to the Deputy Secretary

Fri, 2012-03-30 09:30

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which
highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
president's vision of an America Built to Last.As Senior Adviser to the Deputy Secretary, I support
accomplishment of the mission of all of our operating units.  My job requires a combination of problem-solving, coordinating across bureaus and offices, and connecting people to the
resources they need to successfully deliver results to the American people.

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Summer Jobs+ Initiative: Supporting Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

Thu, 2012-03-29 16:27

Growing up in my family, summer jobs were a requirement!  One of my best memories is the summer I worked as a bookkeeper in a local accountant’s office.  I felt such pride in going to work every day and earning my own paycheck.  More importantly, though, the skills I learned from Mr. Henderson – time management, critical thinking, and effective communication – have served me well throughout my career.

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India Trade Mission: Day 4 - Promoting Business Investment in the United States

Thu, 2012-03-29 13:30

Commerce Secretary Bryson was in Mumbai today, the third
and final city in his business development mission to India. In addition
to exploring opportunities for the 16 U.S. businesses on the mission to
promote their technologies and services in India’s rapidly expanding
infrastructure sector, the visit focused on the president’s SelectUSA initiative.In the morning, Secretary
Bryson and the delegates toured a new terminal being constructed at
Mumbai International Airport and met with airport management. Several

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$200 Million Post-Disaster Funding to Help Jumpstart Regional Economies

Thu, 2012-03-29 12:30

Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Matt ErskineWhen a natural disaster hits a community—whether it is a flood, a tornado, or any other kind of disaster—it does more than wreak havoc on homes and personal lives. It also has devastating, long-term effects on the economic life of those communities, destroying vital infrastructure, such as public utilities, transportation links, and communications systems on which businesses depend.I’m happy to announce today that the U.S.

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Conducting Market Research? Here are 5 Official Sources of Free Data That Can Help

Thu, 2012-03-29 07:14

Are you writing a business plan? Planning to expand into new markets?
Then it’s worth knowing that Uncle Sam offers access to free data that can help you understand your market and analyze consumer trends and demographics.  In fact, the federal government is the largest producer of data in the U.S. with numerous offices dedicated to collecting, analyzing and providing free access to their findings – good news for budget-conscious small business owners.
Here are five government sources of market data and statistics that may boost your market research efforts:

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14-City Mentor-Protégé Matchmaker Conference Will Link 8(a) Firms, Mentors and SBA Resource Partners

Wed, 2012-03-28 13:42

Are you a small disadvantaged business owner participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program?  Are you interested in learning about opportunities to partner with larger businesses and being mentored by graduates of the 8(a) program on business development and possible federal contract opportunities?
 If your answer is “yes”, then you don’t want to miss SBA’s 14-City Mentor-Protégé Matchmaker Conference coming to a city near you!
 SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Conference -- What is it?

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India Trade Mission: Day 3 - Bringing the Business Development Mission to Jaipur

Wed, 2012-03-28 12:15

In a first ever visit to Jaipur by a U.S. Commerce Secretary, Secretary Bryson led his 16-business trade delegation there to see first-hand the vast business opportunities available in India’s rapidly expanding infrastructure sector and to promote bilateral cooperation on innovation.Upon arrival in Jaipur, Secretary Bryson and the delegation met with senior Rajasthan state government officials and business leaders to explore how U.S. technology and products can support Rajasthan’s infrastructure development goals. Bryson said he is confident that trade between the U.S.

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7 Considerations for Crafting an Online Privacy Policy

Wed, 2012-03-28 07:16

If you are starting an online business, conducting email marketing, or interacting with your customers via your website, then you need to be aware of and adhere to online privacy policies.
What do online privacy policies accomplish? Why do you need one? Sometimes, it’s required, such as the statutes that govern email SPAM.  Others are optional. In general, your online privacy policy is your company’s pledge to your customers about how you will use, not use, and protect the consumer data you collect from them.  Check out SBA.gov’s own privacy policy as an example.

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SBA Celebrates Women’s History Month

Tue, 2012-03-27 16:35

The celebration of Women’s History Month gives us a chance to reflect on the important role women business owners play in our economy. In fact, women-owned businesses represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned firms grew 44% from 1997 to 2007, twice as fast as male-owned firms. There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the US and 88% of these are small businesses. Women continue to start businesses in this country, making it imperative for them to have the right tools to be successful.

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Asia Pacific Business Outlook: Twenty Five Years and Many More Opportunities

Tue, 2012-03-27 13:44

Guest blog post by Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco SanchezThis story is part of an ongoing series
highlighting the information available to participants in the 2012 Asia Pacific Business
Outlook (APBO)This is my second year keynoting the 25-year old USC
Marshall School’s Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO)
Conference. It was great to see the diversity of participants, from
representatives of businesses across the United States, as well as non-profit

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