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Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

Thu, 2015-01-22 16:00

Guest blog post by Jane Callen, Economics and Statistics Administration.In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas.  Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…” Following on the President’s remarks, we thought it would be valuable to take a quick “data snapshot” of the most recent annual report on exporting companies published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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An "Experiment" in Universal Child Care in the United States: Lessons from the Lanham Act

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:23

In Richmond, California in 1943, approximately 35 nursery school units opened up as part of a city-wide child care program. 
The country was mobilizing around World War II and increasing employment, particularly among women, had become a national priority. In the case of Richmond, the centers opened to help provide care for the children of women working in the nearby Kaiser shipyards.
And here’s how they were funded: Congress had passed the Defense Housing and Community Facilities and Services Act of 1940 -- popularly known as the Lanham Act.

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2015 Will Be the Biggest Year Yet for International Opportunities for Regional Economic Development

Thu, 2015-01-22 11:59

Guest blog post by JoAnn Crary, CEcD, President of
Saginaw Future, Inc. and 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the
International Economic Development Council

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Upskill America: The President's Plan to Help Hardworking Americans Earn Higher-Paying Jobs

Thu, 2015-01-22 11:19

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Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Boise State University in Idaho -- his first time in the Gem State. Here's why: 
For six years, President Obama and the American people have been working hard to lay a new, stronger foundation for our economy -- one that's based on what works: middle-class economics. That means building an economy on the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot and can feel more secure in a world of constant change. 

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The Faces of Health Care: Connie W.

Thu, 2015-01-22 11:00

"Thank you for taking the heat, mostly from folks who don't have to pay for insurance. It literally means life or death to some of us."

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Introducing SBIR Pulse – Real Stories and Impacts from America's Startup Seed Fund

Thu, 2015-01-22 00:00

Editors note: This blog is authored by John Williams, Director of Innovation for the US Small Business Administration's Office of Investment and Innovation.
Welcome to SBIR...

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The Top 7 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Mentors

Thu, 2015-01-22 00:00

A business mentor is someone with a lot more experience who is willing to teach you what they know.
But there are common persistent mistakes that entrepreneurs make when consulting a mentor...

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Commerce Efforts Featured Prominently in President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Wed, 2015-01-21 18:30

Last night, the American people heard President Obama deliver a strong and clear message in his State of the Union address: that America’s resurgence is real.

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Precision Medicine: Improving Health and Treating Disease

Wed, 2015-01-21 17:36

Last night, at his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that he is launching a new precision medicine initiative that will help deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.
Many of you may be wondering: What exactly is “precision medicine,” and how can it transform medicine as it is practiced today?

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