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State Broadband Grants Are Helping States Embrace Digital Government

Thu, 2013-09-26 09:40

Cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration The following blog was written by Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband InitiativeWith the Internet on our phones, our tablets, at the office and in our homes, most Americans have come to expect that our government, too, will be online.

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Delivering on the Affordable Care Act: Marketplace Premiums Lower than Expected

Wed, 2013-09-25 15:21

Note: This blog is by Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and first appeared at on September 25, 2013.
At the center of the Affordable Care Act is the premise that we need to make health care more affordable and accessible for more Americans, and a new report released today demonstrates just how affordable insurance will be. The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that in state after state, affordable options will be available through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014. 

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5 Ways to Start a Business Plan

Wed, 2013-09-25 13:40

How do you get started on a business plan? It depends on who you are, what you like, what you do well and how you think. People are all different. I say think of a business plan as a collection of components or modules, and start wherever you feel like it. Here are five specific suggestions, based on the idea that people should start with what’s best for the individual, depending on style. Which one is best for you?

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests Approximately $21 Million to Support Economic and Job Growth in Eleven States

Wed, 2013-09-25 11:07

Secretary of Commerce Penny
Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development
Administration (EDA) is awarding $21.1 million in grants to support economic
development projects in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New
York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. The projects are
expected to create more than 2,500 jobs and attract $505 million in private
investment, according to grantee estimates.
The Obama

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Over 50 and Ready to Start a Business? Free Resources To Inspire You to Make it Happen

Wed, 2013-09-25 07:36

Over 50 and thinking of starting your own business? Looking for real-world, actionable information to start your own business?
Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners. Perhaps you are looking to turn a hobby into a business and finally have the resources to do so. Or you want the flexibility or supplemental income that running a business or being your own boss affords. With a lifetime of experience, skills and connections under your belt, why not?
Making it Happen

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5 Steps to Help You Decide What Salary to Pay Your Employees

Mon, 2013-09-23 10:11

If you’re a growing small business and need help, there are a number of non-employee options available to help you staff your business (explained here), but if you do choose to move forward with part- or full-time employees, what should you pay them?
The general rule of thumb is to pay a salary based on experience, location and the available talent pool. But how do you bring all these factors together and come up with a number that potential candidates will find attractive (and you can afford)?

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Secretary Pritzker Co-Chairs U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue And Outlines Future Engagement

Fri, 2013-09-20 16:00

Today, in
Mexico City, Secretary Penny Pritzker co-chaired the U.S.-Mexico High Level
Economic Dialogue (HLED) along with her colleagues from the U.S. Department of
State, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and their Mexican
counterparts. The goal of the HLED is to advance strategic economic and
commercial priorities central to promoting mutual economic growth, job
creation, and global competitiveness.

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SBA and America’s Banks Continue to Increase Small Business Lending

Fri, 2013-09-20 10:27

Two years ago, Vice President Biden and former U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills announced that 13 of the nation’s largest banks had committed to collectively increase lending for small businesses by $20 billion over the course of a three-year commitment.

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American Community Survey Statistics Give Communities Detailed Look at Income, Poverty, Health Insurance and Many other Statistics

Thu, 2013-09-19 14:04

Cross-post from Random Samplings, the official blog of the U.S. Census BureauThe following blog was written by James B. TreatThe American Community Survey statistics released today provide information for geographies with populations of 65,000 or more on many different topics, including income, poverty and health insurance.

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Secretary Pritzker Speaks to Rhode Island Business Owners at Senator Jack Reed’s Rhode Island Business Leaders Day

Wed, 2013-09-18 16:15

This afternoon, Secretary Penny Pritzker attended Senator Jack Reed’s Rhode Island Business Leaders Day to affirm that Rhode Island, and America as a whole, are open for business. She noted the role that the Department of the Commerce is playing in helping to fortify the state’s economy by strengthening manufacturing, increasing exports, and making critical infrastructure and economic development investments.Through the local United States Export Assistance Center, the Department of Commerce is promoting Rhode Island’s exports. Nationwide, U.S.

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