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Obama Administration Releases New $15 million Federal Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Rural Economies and Create Jobs

Thu, 2012-03-08 16:30

The
Obama Administration today announced a $15 million multi-agency Rural Jobs and
Innovation Accelerator challenge to spur job creation and economic growth in
distressed rural communities. This competition, which is being funded by the
U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and
the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was designed by the Taskforce for
the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural

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Secretary Bryson Meets with Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:30

Yesterday, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson delivered remarks at a meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee. At yesterday’s meeting, held at the White House, the Steering Committee discussed recommendations targeting issues in manufacturing, focusing on technology development, policy, education and workforce development, and shared facilities and infrastructure.AMP is a collaboration between industry, academia and government leaders to accelerate the development of the U.S.

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NOAA's NWS Predicts Tragic Tornado Outbreak Three Days in Advance

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:00

Each year, the United States experiences approximately 1,300 tornadoes. No state is invulnerable to the twisting, destructive winds that emanate from dark thunderstorms–and last week, Nature’s fury was focused on the central and southern states. Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has in place a multifaceted tornado early warning system that includes general area outlooks days in advance and that gives individual cities and towns an average of 14 minutes warning before the potentially deadly tornadoes strike.

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NOAA Issues Severe Weather Outlook Three Days Ahead of Tragic Tornado Outbreak

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:00

Each year, the United States experiences approximately 1,300 tornadoes. No state is invulnerable to the twisting, destructive winds that emanate from dark thunderstorms–and last week, Nature’s fury was focused on the central and southern states. Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has in place a multifaceted tornado early warning system that includes general area outlooks days in advance and that gives individual cities and towns an average of 14 minutes warning before the potentially deadly tornadoes strike.

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8 Tips for Adding Public Relations to Your Marketing Mix

Thu, 2012-03-08 07:44

Do you engage in public relations to market your business?
Public relations, or PR, isn’t just for large companies or something for times of crisis. A well-planned public relations strategy can reap the following benefits:

It can extend word of mouth news about your business beyond the reach of any advertisement, flyer, postcard or email, and help you reach new markets.

It reaches both influencers (journalists and bloggers) and those they influence (your customers), giving credibility to your business.

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A Cross-Country Tour of American Ingenuity

Wed, 2012-03-07 16:45

Guest blog post by David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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National Consumer Protection Week: Spotlight on Trusted Identities

Wed, 2012-03-07 16:15

On Monday, President Obama declared March 4-10, 2012 as National Consumer Protection Week, building on a coordinated effort that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. The Commerce Department is using this occasion to showcase the efforts of our Internet Policy Task Force, which is leveraging the expertise of several Commerce bureaus that are aimed at ensuring continued innovation in the Internet economy and preserving consumer trust in Internet commerce and online interactions.

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Growing Access to Capital in Indian Country

Wed, 2012-03-07 15:49

The Obama administration has made growing access to capital a top priority for Native American small businesses. I recently took part in a roundtable discussion on access to capital in Indian Country with nearly 150 Native American small business owners, representatives from eight federal agencies, and the White House Domestic Policy Council. We had an open dialogue about ways to provide better federal resources and improve federal capital access programs at the 2012 Reservation Economic Summit and American Indian Business Trade Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Entrepreneurial Mentoring: Support for Entrepreneurs

Wed, 2012-03-07 12:21

At SBA we work every day to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools they need to create an economy built to last.  From the main street restaurant to the startup clean energy company, small businesses create 2 out of every 3 new jobs in America. 

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