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4 Interview Questions That Get to the Heart of a Candidate’s Potential

Thu, 2012-07-26 07:35

Hiring new employees is an opportunity, but it’s also a huge risk. So perfecting your interviewing skills is critical. But what kind of interview questions are most effective at helping you find an employee with the right skills and experience, and the best fit for your company culture?

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Commerce Department Scientists Earn Presidential Honor for Early Career Achievements

Wed, 2012-07-25 16:30

Earlier this week, President Obama announced the 2011 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Six employees from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were among those honored on Monday.

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Census Report: Nearly 1 in 5 People Have a Disability in the U.S.; Update

Wed, 2012-07-25 12:15

Report released to coincide with 22nd anniversary of the ADAAbout 56.7 million people—19 percent of the population—had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released today by the Commerce Department's U.S.

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SBIR Size Rules

Wed, 2012-07-25 10:44

SBA has just concluded the public comment period for the size rules on the SBIR program.  As we had hoped, the input and comments we received on the rules were robust and included a wide range of opinions.   As we now begin the process of digesting the comments and evaluating how to change the proposed rules, I’d like to take this opportunity to let people know where we go from here.
Here are four things you should know about the proposed SBIR size rules:

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10 Ways Your Small Business May Be Breaking Employment Laws

Wed, 2012-07-25 07:49

Do you think of yourself as a flexible employer or even just a nice one?
According to a recent report by the California Chamber of Commerce (and covered here by OPEN Forum) – The Top 10 Things Employers Do to Get Sued – many small business owners may unintentionally be violating employment laws even as they are just trying to be flexible or nice. Much of the problem arises from the fact that state laws vary enormously. But some of these mistakes are universal and are often prohibited by federal law.

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Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank’s Trip to St. Louis Highlights American Manufacturing, Insourcing and Exports

Tue, 2012-07-24 19:00

Acting Secretary Blank continued her trip through Missouri today. She traveled to St. Louis to attend a roundtable breakfast with business owners from a range of industries hosted by Helix Center Biotech Incubator, an innovation facility owned and operated by the St. Louis County Economic Council. She was joined by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charley Dooley.Acting Secretary Blank wrapped up her trip with a visit to Wilco Molding, Inc. a third-generation family-owned custom plastic injection molder as well as a tool and mold machine shop. There, Dr.

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Community Colleges as Economic Engines

Tue, 2012-07-24 17:45

blog by Terry Calaway, President, Johnson County Community CollegeED NOTE: With 50,000 students a year enrolled in credit and noncredit classes, Johnson County Community College is the state’s largest institution of higher education. JCCC offers a full range of undergraduate credit courses and 50 career and certificate programs that prepare students for employment. JCCC’s noncredit workforce development program is the largest, most comprehensive in the Kansas City area.Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in

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Director Kappos Promotes Innovation in Southern California

Tue, 2012-07-24 12:15

Under Secretary and United States Patent and Trademark Office
Director David Kappos briefed southern California innovators on the many ways
the Obama administration is advancing U.S. innovation. He met with technology
entrepreneurs at Powerwave
Technologies in Santa Ana, California, hosted by
Southern California’s TechVoice chapter in conjunction with CompTIA and locally-based Technology
Leadership Political Action Committee (TLPAC). The USPTO is on the eve of
publishing a series of new rules implementing the America Invents Act, signed

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An American Resurgence in Manufacturing Happening In Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri

Mon, 2012-07-23 18:45

Guest blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankI am back in my home state of Missouri today, so it is even more of a
treat to witness firsthand the resurgence in American manufacturing. I
visited two manufacturers today—the A. Zahner Company, in Kansas City, and
Environmental Dynamics International (EDI), in Columbia—and had the chance to
talk to some remarkable local businesses leaders and entrepreneurs in
both cities.

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SBA Stands Ready to Help More Veterans Start (and Grow) a Business

Mon, 2012-07-23 17:19

Today, more than 250,000 service members are transitioning each year from the military to civilian life. These men and women are proven leaders and they have the skills and experience needed to be outstanding business leaders. Veterans over-index in entrepreneurship.  One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners, and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting or buying their own business. 

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