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U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement Provides Opportunities for U.S. Export Businesses

Thu, 2012-03-15 12:00

The United States-Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS Agreement) enters into effect today, reducing tariffs on almost all U.S. industrial exports to South Korea and making it easier for U.S. exporters to successfully compete in the Korean market.With the implementation of the KORUS Agreement, tariffs will immediately be eliminated on almost 80 percent of U.S. exports to Korea.Tariffs will also be reduced on other industrial exports that are not made automatically duty-free—the average tariff rate on U.S. industrial exports to South Korea will be reduced from 6.2 percent to 1.1 percent.

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Risk of Major Flooding in Spring is Low for the First Time in Four Years

Thu, 2012-03-15 11:45

Drought lingers in southern Plains and Southeast, expands in West and upper MidwestFor the first time in four years, no area of the country faces a high risk of major to record spring flooding, largely due to the limited winter snowfall, according to NOAA’s annual Spring Outlook, which forecasts the potential for flooding from April to June. “We’re not forecasting a repeat of recent historic and prolonged flooding in the central and northern U.S., and that is a relief,” said Laura Furgione, deputy director, NOAA’s National Weather Service.

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US-Korea Trade Agreement Opens Big Market for Small Businesses

Thu, 2012-03-15 10:00

The US- Korea trade agreement, which takes effect today, is a major win for America’s small businesses.  A key part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, this historic agreement provides businesses with greater access to a fast growing market and more opportunities to create jobs.   It is estimated that the tariff cuts in the agreement will support 70,000 American jobs.

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Women Business Owners – Find the Help You Need to Start Up and Grow

Thu, 2012-03-15 07:22

There’s no doubt about it, women are a rising force in American entrepreneurship. Here are some fast facts on women-owned businesses:

The latest Census data indicates that 7.8 million U.S. businesses are owned by women. This represents a stunning 44% increase from 1997-2007, twice the growth rate of men-owned businesses.

Women-owned firms now make up close to a third (29%) of all nonfarm businesses across the country.

These firms generate a total of $1.2 trillion annually and employ 7.6 million people.

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How to Profit From Seasonal and Holiday Promotions All Year Long

Thu, 2012-03-15 04:06

 
You know Daylight Savings Time just started and that St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. You might even know that it’s Women’s History Month. But did you know it’s also National Crafts Month? Or that the 21st is Kick Butt Day and the 23rd is National Puppy Day? If not, you’re probably not taking full advantage of the power of seasonal and holiday promotions.

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SelectUSA Brings Investment to the United States

Wed, 2012-03-14 18:00

Guest blog post by Barry Johnson, executive director of

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Forming an LLC – Key Documents You’ll Need to File and Create

Wed, 2012-03-14 07:13

For many small business owners considering how to organize their company, becoming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a great choice, thanks to the liability protection and pass-through tax status they afford.

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NACIE Promotes Innovative Lab-to-Market Strategies to Spur Economic Growth

Tue, 2012-03-13 18:30

Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary Matt Erskine, Economic Development AdministrationToday I joined my colleagues, Under
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United
States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos and Associate Director for
Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology Phillip Singerman, at a meeting of the National Advisory Council on
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) in New Orleans. The quarterly meeting of

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4 Ways to Exit Your Business Gracefully

Tue, 2012-03-13 12:13

What happens to your business if something happens to you? How can you retire without destroying the business you spent a lifetime to build? Your business may be your largest asset, and deciding what happens to it can impact your retirement income, your family’s wealth, and the life of the company after your departure. Even if you are only just starting out, these questions should be addressed now because the future is uncertain. Here are four ways to dispose of your company when you retire (or when you die).
1. Sell your business

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NIST/CU 'Star Comb' Joins Quest for Earthlike Planets

Tue, 2012-03-13 11:30

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it.Such a comb—a tool for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light—has for the first time been used to calibrate measurements of starlight from stars other than the Sun.

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