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The Path Forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 05, 2015

Ed. note: This is a crosspost from USTR.gov.

Today, the Obama Administration released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as negotiated by the United States and 11 partner countries across the Asia-Pacific region. It’s a historic agreement, and releasing it to the public is an important milestone; but it is also just one step in an extensive process of consultation and consideration provided for by the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) — bipartisan legislation that Congress passed and President Obama signed into law this year.

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Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About Export Controls

November 05, 2015

This week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressed more than 1100 industry representatives during the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) annual conference to discuss export control policies and highlight how, BIS has an enormous impact on the nation’s safety and competitiveness. 
As we celebrate American innovation during National Entrepreneurship Month, entrepreneurs launching new businesses or looking to export can look to BIS as a resource and learn how export control laws may be relevant to their operations.

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U.S. EDA: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation Across Every Community in America

November 05, 2015

Entrepreneurship is a driving force in the new economy. While debates continue around whether entrepreneurs are born or can be created, one thing is clear: people learn a great deal from the experiences of others. Entrepreneurs especially learn a great deal “on the job” and often find inspiration and mentorship from those who have “been there, done that.”

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Communities That Work Partnership - "Leveraging the Lens of Industry in Workforce Development"

November 05, 2015

Guest blog post by Dennis Elsenbeck, Regional Director, National Grid
In early 2015, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP), western NY’s largest business advocacy group, asked me to consider taking part in a “learning network” project.   The BNP, with the help of the Buffalo Community Foundation, would be applying and competing with other communities to be a part of this "learning network" focused on workforce initiatives.

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Watch and Engage: The White House Tribal Nations Conference and Youth Town Hall

November 05, 2015

Today, the White House is bringing together tribal leaders from the 567 federally-recognized tribes to participate in the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. The Conference continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives, with an emphasis on increasing opportunity for Native youth.

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SBA Thanks Boots to Business Instructors of the Year

November 05, 2015

Our military veterans have made priceless contributions to the peace and security of our nation.   Each year, thousands of veterans transition to civilian life.  Many of them decide to use the...

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How I Know #ApprenticeshipWorks

November 05, 2015

The following is a cross-post from the Department of Labor in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week
Our country is in the middle of a fundamental transformation in how we help people get the skills they need to succeed in jobs of the 21st century. I like to call this our “Eisenhower moment.” Sixty years ago, in building the interstate highway system, President Eisenhower made a powerful investment in our physical infrastructure that continues to pay huge economic dividends. Today, we’re making a similar infrastructure investment – we’re building a skills superhighway.

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Three Essential Financial Statements for Your Business

November 05, 2015

Starting a new small business? You’re probably fueled by passion, excitement, and commitment to your dream. Entrepreneurs possess amazing abilities to turn their ideas and expertise into a winning...

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Women Veterans—The Future of Entrepreneurship

November 04, 2015

As we celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week, the strides made by women veteran entrepreneurship - despite the obstacles - are a source of pride and inspiration to me.
As a woman,...

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The First Lady’s Travel Diary: Visiting Our Troops in Qatar

November 04, 2015

This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to Qatar and Jordan with middle school and high school students in the U.S. You can read it on Medium here. 

Today, I had the pleasure of visiting Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar which has units from every branch of our military: the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and even one member of the Coast Guard!

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