While weather experts NOAA are predicting a “near-normal” 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, last year’s Hurricane Irene is a reminder of the erratic and devastating nature of tropical storms. The six-month season, which began June 1, typically peaks between August and October, notwithstanding the two named storms in the last weeks of May. Now is a good time to put a disaster preparedness plan in place to protect your employees and your business.
Whether you run a small business or a multi-million dollar corporation, marketing is essential to your profitability and growth. Yet many small businesses don’t allocate enough money to marketing or, worse, spend it haphazardly.
NOAA predicts a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, Census offers related facts for featuresConditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week from Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and home to the Hurricane Research Division.For the entire six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), ofRead More
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.
With Atlantic hurricane season starting today, this week is national Hurricane Preparedness Week, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is teaming up with other federal partners to help get businesses and communities StormReady. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and two landfalling hurricanes. The impacts of this weather have a significant effect on the U.S. economy.Read More
Are you looking for financial and business management tips and advice to help get your business off the ground? If so, there is a new tool to add to your small business tool belt. Money Smart for Small Business is a brand new training for new and aspiring business owners that introduces you to the day-to-day operations, organization and planning of a business from a financial standpoint.
This afternoon Chief Economist Mark Doms
addressed the 2012 National Association
for Business Economics (NABE) Industry Conference, themed “Making it in America: Manufacturing
Matters” in Cleveland, OH. Hosted by
the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, this NABE industry conference focused on
“the changing dynamics and rebalancing of U.S. manufactures in the global
economy, focusing on its rejuvenation and new challenges and opportunities.” He
previewed an upcoming ESA report showing that many communities depend
Guest blog post by Paul J. Corson, Deputy Director of the U.S. Commerce Department Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and EntrepreneurshipRecently, as part of our ongoing series of public conference calls with members of the National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), we spoke with Dr. Christina Gabriel, president of the University Energy Partnership, a nonprofit organization that was founded jointly in 2010 by five major research universities in the Pittsburgh area, and Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan. Dr.Read More
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 Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resource Management, my main
responsibility is to support the Office of the Secretary to link Budget,
Performance, and Risk Management with the strategic direction of the
Department. The budget for the Department of Commerce is approximately $8
What started as college kids on Facebook has grown up. At first it was updates and gossip and who’s a couple and who’s not. Then came Twitter and now Google+ and the reminder that LinkedIn, which started years earlier, was there too. Somebody named it social media. And now almost every business in the world is either participating, thinking about participating, or explaining to itself why not. And it’s time to relate that back to your basic business planning.
So the question is actually three questions:
1. How does your social media strategy fit into business strategy?