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Census Bureau Releases National-Level Data on Education Levels, Bachelor's Degree Attainment Tops 30 Percent for the First Time

Fri, 2012-02-24 10:37

The U.S. Census Bureau yesterday
released five data products that show many facets of educational attainment
across the nation and present statistics on the levels of education achieved by
various demographic characteristics. In March 2011, for the first time ever,
more than 30 percent of U.S. adults 25 and older had at least a bachelor's
degree, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. As recently as 1998, fewer than
one-quarter of people this age had this level of education. In addition,

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MBDA: Strengthening Support to Minority-Owned Firms

Fri, 2012-02-24 10:30

Guest blog post by David A. Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency Supporting the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses is a priority for the Department of Commerce and the Obama administration. And we’re making good on that priority. Last year, the Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) registered the best annual performance in its 41-year history. It assisted minority-owned businesses in gaining access to nearly $4 billion in contracts and capital, supporting the creation of nearly 6,000 much-needed jobs.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson Delivers Remarks at Unveiling of “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” at the White House

Thu, 2012-02-23 15:45

Today, Secretary John Bryson joined National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz for the unveiling of an online “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” (PDF) at an event at the White House. The Secretary spoke about the need to protect consumers and encourage the growth of responsible online commerce.As Secretary Bryson pointed out, millions of Americans shop, sell, bank, learn, talk and work online.

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Acting Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank Announces Computer Contract Expected to Save Taxpayers $20-25M

Thu, 2012-02-23 14:15

As
the president said when he launched the Campaign
to Cut Waste in June 2011, “No amount of waste is acceptable, not when it’s
your money. Just as families are living within their means, government should,
too, so we can invest in the things that we know will create good jobs and grow
the economy.” As part of those ongoing efforts to make government more
accountable to the American people and cut wasteful spending, I am happy to
report today that the Commerce Department has awarded a contract for computers

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Spotlight On Commerce: Cedric Grant, Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Thu, 2012-02-23 11:30

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on
Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department

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How to Build Exposure for Your Small Business with Social Coupons

Thu, 2012-02-23 07:45

Social coupon sites have been around for a few years now, and they still continue to attract and perplex small business owners. Companies such as Groupon, Living Social and EverSave have created a marketing phenomenon, delivering huge benefits to consumers – but not always delivering the return on investment that businesses might have expected.
If you’re exploring the use of social coupons, here are some tips for assessing whether they will work for your business and how to plan a successful campaign.
What Can Social Coupons Do for Your Small Business?

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SBA Counselors of the Year Nominations

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:08

Every year, the President honors small businesses and champions of small businesses for their outstanding contributions during National Small Business Week(NSBW). This year, SBA is proud to announce the addition of three awards to honor resource partner staff and volunteer to NSBW. These are the, SBA Counselor of the Year: Small Business Development Center, SBA Counselor of the Year: Women’s Business Center and SBA Counselor of the Year: SCORE.

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Calling All App Developers: Commerce Launches $10,000 App Challenge to Better Connect Businesses with Government

Wed, 2012-02-22 12:30

Today, in conjunction with the
newly-launched BusinessUSA initiative,
the Department of Commerce announced the launch of their business app
challenge.  The $10,000 contest challenges app developers to find
innovative ways to utilize Commerce and other publicly available data and information
to support American businesses. The business app challenge calls
on developers to utilize at least one Department of Commerce data set in
creating an application that assists businesses and/or improves the service

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Cathy Hughes of Radio One Speaks to SBA Staff at Recent Black History Month Event

Wed, 2012-02-22 11:04

 
SBA employees had the opportunity to hear from Cathy Hughes, the founder of Radio One, who also serves as the Chair of the SBA’s Council on Underserved Communities. 
Hughes, who herself started Radio One with the support of an SBA loan in 1979, now runs the largest black-owned media company in the country, and in 2004 launched TV One, a national cable and satellite television network.

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How to Fire an Employee and Stay within the Law

Wed, 2012-02-22 09:43

Several blog posts on SBA.gov offer plenty of advice on how to hire, mentor, and motivate employees. We also frequently tackle the issue of dealing with difficult or disruptive employees. But what happens when you find yourself at the end of the road with no choice but to terminate an employee?
What steps must you take? What does the law require? What are the employee’s rights? What should you do about employee benefits and continuing health care coverage?

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