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Is Your Small Business Mobile Ready?

January 20, 2016

More and more people are browsing, shopping, and doing business on their phones and tablets. Currently, 11.3% of the digital population uses mobile only, compared to 10.6% desktop only...

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Weather-Ready Wednesday: Understanding Winter-Weather Alerts

January 20, 2016

With a major snow storm headed to parts of the East Coast, it is important for everyone to know the difference between winter weather-related Warnings, Watches and Advisories issued by your local National Weather Service (NWS) office. Each office knows the local area and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria. For example, the amount of snow that triggers a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Northern Plains is typically much higher than the amount needed to trigger a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Southeast.

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NOAA Announces 2015 is Warmest Year on Record

January 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced that 2015 was the warmest year by the widest margin on record. Globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2015 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. During the final month, the December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the highest on record for any month in the 136-year record.
Global highlights: Calendar Year 2015

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Highlights Importance of Minority-Owned Businesses to Regional Economic Growth and Restoration in the Gulf Coast

January 19, 2016

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Director Alejandra Y. Castillo hosted a roundtable with local minority business leaders in New Orleans to discuss the tremendous growth of minority-owned businesses and their impact on the local and national economy. The roundtable also addressed the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Gulf Coast as the region continues to rebuild from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Franchises That Have It All

January 19, 2016

When looking for a franchise to buy, it’s important to find one that has it all. But, what does it mean to “have it all.” I’ll show you.
The Franchise Model
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Looking Back at a Productive FY2015 and Forward to an Exciting FY2016!

January 14, 2016

Editor's Note: This blog is by Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank.
Today the EXIM Bank is releasing our FY2015...

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President Obama Highlights Startup Speed in Final SOTU

January 14, 2016

Editor's Note: This opinion piece originally appeared in the Atlanta...

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Mark Your Calendar: Employer Tax Filing Deadlines

January 14, 2016

As an employer, you have various tax-reporting responsibilities. These responsibilities have expanded. What’s more, the deadlines for some filings have or will be changed. Here’s what you need to...

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2015: A Year of Achievement for Trade and Investment

January 13, 2016

At the beginning of 2015, the President declared during the State of the Union that “the shadow of crisis has passed and the State of our Union is strong.”  Trade and foreign investment play an important role in making our nation strong. The successes we achieved last year to advance our trade and investment agenda prove that very point.  And for many of the successes that occurred in 2015, the International Trade Administration played a critical role.

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NOAA Completes Weather and Climate Supercomputer Upgrades

January 13, 2016

NOAA’s Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputer System is now running at record speed, with the capacity to process and analyze earth observations at quadrillions of calculations per second to support weather, water and climate forecast models. This investment to advance the field of meteorology and improve global forecasts secures the U.S. reputation as a world leader in atmospheric and water prediction sciences and services.

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