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The Urban Economic Forum- Connecting Entrepreneurs & Business Owners to Valuable Resources

Tue, 2012-03-27 12:50

Last week, the White House Business Council and SBA hosted an Urban Economic Forum in Los Angeles, CA to help connect entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national resources they need to start, grow and create jobs.  The Urban Economic Forum is a multi-city series designed to help urban small business owners create an economy built to last. This week, we are taking the Urban Economic Forum to Las Vegas, NV.

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India Trade Mission: Day 2 - Promoting U.S.-India Business Partnerships

Tue, 2012-03-27 11:00

Secretary John Bryson promoted partnerships between U.S. and Indian businesses as he discussed the U.S.-India trade relationship during meetings with several Indian government officials in New Delhi today, the second day of his five-day trade mission to India.“It’s clear that if American and Indian businesses work together, we can build India’s infrastructure in a way that brings inclusive growth, greater prosperity, and job creation in both countries,” Bryson said. “U.S.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Deborah Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks

Tue, 2012-03-27 09:00

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 Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I oversee all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks
organization including policy, operations and budget relating to trademark
examination, registration and maintenance. The main functions of the Trademark office are

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Women Business Owners – How to Expand Your Sources of Capital and Get Outside Financing

Mon, 2012-03-26 13:10

Back in 2010, SBA guest blogger, Susan Solovic, shared some statistics about the self-perpetuating challenges that female business owners have when it comes to growing their businesses and accessing capital:

Fewer than three percent of women-owned businesses cross over the million dollar threshold in revenue.

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India Trade Mission: Day 1 - Commercial Dialogue

Mon, 2012-03-26 12:00

Today marked the official start of Secretary Bryson's five-day trade mission to India. In the morning he met with Deputy Chairman of the Planning
Commission Montek Aluwalia to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.-India
commercial relationship. He also spoke at an infrastructure roundtable
discussion sponsored by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
India is planning to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure development
over the next five years, and U.S. companies are in a unique position to

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Spotlight on Commerce: Dee Alexander, Senior Adviser on Native American Affairs

Mon, 2012-03-26 09:00

On
December 19, 2011 Secretary of Commerce John Bryson appointed Dee Alexander as
his Senior Adviser on Native American Affairs. As the Department’s Tribal
Consultation Official, Alexander’s principal responsibility is implementing the Department’s Tribal Coordination and
Consultation Policy, per President Obama’s Executive
Order 13175 (PDF), which ensures meaningful and timely input by tribal officials
in the development of policies that have tribal implications.

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Autodesk: Technology to Build India’s Infrastructure

Fri, 2012-03-23 13:45

Guest blog post by Paul McRoberts, Vice
President of Autodesk’s Infrastructure BusinessEd note: Autodesk, Inc., works in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and
media and entertainment industries-including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best
Visual Effects-use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its
introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the

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Off to India – On My First Trade Mission, Opportunities Abound

Fri, 2012-03-23 11:00

Guest blog post by Commerce Secretary John Bryson

This weekend I am
departing for India, where I will be leading a trade mission with 16 American companies. This will be my
first trade mission and I am really looking forward to it. I will be
meeting with senior level Indian government officials to advocate for U.S.
export opportunities in India’s rapidly expanding infrastructure sector, and
promote investment opportunities in America–both key priorities of President
Obama and this Administration.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Nancy Potok, Associate Director for Demographic Programs

Fri, 2012-03-23 09:00

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

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New Partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Will Help SBA Reach More Small Business Owners

Thu, 2012-03-22 17:01

One of SBA’s highest priorities is to provide access and opportunity to small business owners in traditionally underserved communities.  President Obama, Administrator Mills, and I are committed to supporting all of our nation’s entrepreneurs, including minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities and those in rural areas.  That is why we created the Advisory Council on Underserved Communities (CUC), which advises SBA on ways we can further expand our reach into these communities.  Chaired by Cathy Hughes, the founder of Radio One and TV One and a former SBA borrower, the CUC provi

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