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NTIA: Putting the Administration’s Privacy Blueprint into Practice

Thu, 2012-04-12 15:30

Just weeks after the Obama administration released its blueprint to improve consumer privacy and ensure that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth, Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is moving forward to put the plan into practice. NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling told an audience at the Hudson Institute yesterday that the administration supports enacting the blueprint’s "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" into law, but can make progress without waiting for Congress to act.

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3 Ways to Get the Equipment You Need Without Going Broke

Thu, 2012-04-12 14:32

Need a new desk? A file cabinet? Machinery? A truck? Instead of simply buying a brand new item from your local dealer, consider some alternative ways to get what you need for little or no money. Here are three strategies to help you.
1. Buy used or last year’s models

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Secretary Bryson Promotes American Businesses Across the Americas at White House Conference

Thu, 2012-04-12 11:35

Earlier today, Secretary Bryson delivered welcoming remarks at the “White House Conference on Connecting the Americas.” The all-day conference brings together business and community leaders from across the country with Administration officials working to expand opportunities for American businesses and people throughout the Americas.

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The Early Years of Entrepreneurship: A Step-by-Step Approach to Surviving and Thriving

Thu, 2012-04-12 07:11

Entrepreneur and founder of The Body Shop Anita Roddick once said: “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.”
The first few years of small business ownership are undoubtedly the toughest, a huge test of entrepreneurial character.  The data prove that getting it right is as challenging as ever. According to the SBA Office of Advocacy (PDF), the survival rate for new employer firms stacks up as follows:

Seven out of 10 new employer firms survive at least two years

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Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $5 Trillion, 40 Million Jobs to U.S. Economy

Wed, 2012-04-11 17:00

Guest blog post by Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankAmerica’s
entrepreneurs, businesses, and workers are the primary source of new ideas that
drive innovation. Patents, trademarks and copyrights–the main protections in
our IP system–are critical tools that help commercialize innovative,
game-changing ideas, from advances in healthcare technology to improved
consumer products. By creating a better environment for our private sector to
capitalize those ideas, IP protections help foster the innovation and

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Department of Transportation Annual Small Business Day Recap: Helping Small Business Connect to Federal Contracts

Wed, 2012-04-11 12:33

Yesterday, I joined Secretary Ray LaHood  and other senior members of the Obama Administration for the US Department of Transportation’s annual Small Business Day.

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In Time for Home Opener, NOAA’s National Weather Service Declares Coors Field StormReady®

Wed, 2012-04-11 11:45

Just in time for their home opener of the 2012 season, fans of Colorado
Rockies baseball can feel safer when severe thunderstorms threaten Coors Field
now that the park has earned designation as a National Weather Service
StormReady® Supporter. Coors Field is the fourth major league
baseball park to earn StormReady distinction.

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The Urban Economic Forum in Phoenix: Supporting Entrepreneurship in Urban Areas

Wed, 2012-04-11 11:12

This Friday, the White House Business Council and SBA are hosting a forum at Arizona State University to help Phoenix entrepreneurs get the tools they need to grow and expand -- such as SBA guaranteed loans, government contracting programs and business counseling services.  The event is the fifth in a multi-city series of Urban Economic Forums discussing the Obama administration’s commitment to small business success in America’s urban areas.

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Running a Telemarketing or Call Campaign? Make Sure you Observe “Do Not Call” Rules

Wed, 2012-04-11 07:05

Looking to drum up business with a call campaign? Want to reach out to your customers and prospects by phone? Before you dial, you should be aware of the government’s Do Not Call rules.
Most of us probably have a loose interpretation of Do Not Call rules and requirements, assuming that as long as “an existing business relationship” exists between the telemarketer and the consumer, then it’s okay to call. But consider these questions:

Which customers do you really have an “existing relationship” with and what does that mean, anyway?

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Commerce Secretary John Bryson Visits Manufacturers in Tennessee

Tue, 2012-04-10 18:30

Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary
John Bryson traveled to Cleveland, Tennessee, where he visited the Whirlpool
Corporation for
a ribbon cutting
ceremony for their new, one-million square foot manufacturing facility.
The $200 million factory is the largest premium cooking product manufacturing
and distribution facility in the world, exemplifying the Secretary’s mission to
help U.S. business make it here and sell it everywhere. The opening of the
facility marked 100 years of Whirlpool manufacturing Made-in-America products.

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