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NOAA, BOEM: Historic, 19th Century Shipwreck Discovered in Northern Gulf of Mexico

Wed, 2012-05-16 15:00

During a recent Gulf of Mexico expedition, NOAA, BOEM and partners discovered an historic wooden-hulled vessel which is believed to have sunk as long as 200 years ago. Scientists on board the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used underwater robots with lights and high definition cameras to view remnants of the ship laden with anchors, navigational instruments, glass bottles, ceramic plates, cannons, and boxes of muskets.Equipped with telepresence technology, Okeanos Explorer reached audiences around the world who participated in the expedition through live streaming Internet video.

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Advanced Manufacturing Gets a Boost in Conover, North Carolina

Wed, 2012-05-16 11:50

Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt ErskineSpeaking last week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson focused on the importance of manufacturing to boosting U.S. economic growth, job creation and exports.

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Implementing the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization: Seeking Public Comment

Wed, 2012-05-16 10:30

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs have funded great companies like Qualcomm, Genzyme, and iRobot in their earliest days.  These federal programs are what help our entrepreneurs grow, succeed and create jobs, and the Obama Administration has made its success a priority. 

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From Service to Business – Essential Tools and Programs for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Wed, 2012-05-16 07:54

Are you a veteran or service-disabled veteran? Interested in launching your own business?
According to the latest SBA data, of the 27.1 million non-farm businesses in the U.S., 2.4 million are owned by veterans. Moreover, statistics show that the success rate of these veteran-owned businesses is higher than other startups – perhaps a reflection of the discipline, skills, and leadership experience acquired in military service.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson Delivers Remarks to Steel Manufacturers Association

Tue, 2012-05-15 17:45

This afternoon, Commerce Secretary Bryson delivered keynote remarks at the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) 2012 Annual Members conference, where he discussed the importance of the steel industry and the Administration’s efforts to support U.S. manufacturers.

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NOAA: April Global Temperatures are Fifth-Warmest

Tue, 2012-05-15 17:30

ends; neutral conditions return over equatorial Pacific Ocean

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US-Colombia Trade Agreement Expands Exporting For Small Business in South America

Tue, 2012-05-15 16:30

Exporting goods to South America just got easier for America’s small businesses. Today, the U.S. – Colombia Trade Agreement goes into effect, opening yet another fast-growing market to goods made in America. This exciting agreement marks a significant development in the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand access to American goods in emerging markets around the world.

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U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Now in Force!

Tue, 2012-05-15 15:00

Ed Note: The following is a cross-post that originally appeared on ITA's blog, "Tradeology."Christopher Blaha is a Senior International Economist within the Office of Trade and Policy Analysis and Julie Anglin is the Colombia Desk Officer within the International Trade Administration. Today more than 80 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Colombia become duty-free as part of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

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Urban Economic Forum Heads to Detroit: Connecting Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses with Tools to Start, Grow & Succeed

Tue, 2012-05-15 13:29

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, SBA and the White House Business Council are heading to Detroit, Michigan for the Urban Economic Forum- connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with business tools and resources. Thursday’s forum will cover topics like SBA guaranteed loans,  government contracting programs and business counseling services.  The Detroit Urban Economic Forum is the seventh in a multi-city series with upcoming forums in Chicago, IL and Columbus, OH.
Speakers for this forum include-

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Franchise Business Resources For Veterans Abound

Tue, 2012-05-15 08:44

If you’re a US military veteran interested in becoming the owner of a franchise, there are thousands of opportunities for you to explore. It’s easy to become a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices. But, it’s not like you have to try to figure everything out on your own. There are a variety of business resources that put all of their focus on you. Let’s look at some of them.
Business Education

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