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Welcome Home, Scott Kelly!

March 04, 2016

Captain Scott Kelly returned safely to Houston, Texas early Thursday morning following a record-setting yearlong mission aboard the International Space Station.

Dr. Jill Biden was there to welcome him home, along with a group of students touring NASA Mission Control Center:

Welcome home @stationcdrkelly! #YearInSpace https://t.co/99hbk2x3XV pic.twitter.com/FWb0K4SUxj— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) March 3, 2016

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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

March 04, 2016

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate the impact of women entrepreneurs and tech leaders. From Sheryl Sandberg to Daphne Koller to Natalie Massenet, women are shaping the digital landscape in the United States.
Yet the overall statistics on female entrepreneurs are sobering.
Women only make up 26 percent of the computing workforce. While women earn the majority of bachelor’s degrees, they hold only 12 percent of computer science degrees. And if you look at how many women hold leadership positions at tech companies and venture capital firms, the numbers are even lower.

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Six Ways Small Businesses Benefit from Export Control Reform

March 03, 2016

Editor's note: This blog is from the U.S. Department of Commerce...

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Natural Capital Website Unveiled Following Conclusion of Business Roundtables

March 03, 2016

Guest blog post by Jane Callen, Economic Information Officer, Economics and Statistics Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce created and unveiled a  natural capital website to provide resources and information to businesses seeking to incorporate natural capital into their planning and operations. Natural capital refers to the Earth’s stock of natural resources – air, water, soil, and living resources – that provide a range of goods and services on which the global economy depends.

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Considerations for Buying a Small Business

March 03, 2016

Ever walked into a neighborhood business that was recently purchased? The new ownership might have changed the paint color, décor, and equipment in a flash -- maybe even overnight.
If you’...

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7 Tips for Starting a Food Business

March 02, 2016

Starting a food business has to be one of the most challenging businesses to get into. The harsh reality is that most fail within the first year. The restaurant business in notoriously tough, but...

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New Science of Innovation Videos and Live Twitter Chat on March 2

March 01, 2016

Using virtual reality to perform remote surgeries and spacecraft repairs, origami-inspired structures to help medicine and space exploration, and a better, and less expensive ear implant to allow many more people to hear, are some of the fascinating new technologies appearing today. And the innovators who are developing them will be on-hand to discuss their inventions on Wednesday, March 2 at 1 p.m. ET in a live Twitter chat with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NBC Learn.

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Census Bureau’s CitySDK Showcased at Uber Hackathon to Drive Data Innovation

March 01, 2016

Guest blog post by Jeff Meisel, Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Census Bureau

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The Power of Cause Marketing

March 01, 2016

Are you looking for a way to attract new customers? Social responsibility is a strong selling point when customers are considering purchases. Consider this: A...

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A Look at How Commerce Data Fuels Innovation

February 29, 2016

The U.S. Commerce Department is responsible for producing troves of data – including weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), patent applications from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic information from the Census Bureau, economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and export data from the International Trade Administration. This data is the foundation for innovative ideas from the private sector.

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