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Fueling High-Tech Growth through Minority Businesses

Thu, 2015-08-06 13:05

The U.S. Department of Commerce has established a new partnership between the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) to support minority business development through our nation’s investment in research and development at more than 300 federal laboratories. 

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Industry in Focus: Transportation and Warehousing

Thu, 2015-08-06 11:32

Published July 28, 2015 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis

Transportation and warehousing is an industry that is important to everyone, whether you’re an individual flying home to visit family or a business expecting a shipment of raw materials. In the first quarter of 2015, transportation and warehousing subtracted 0.56 percentage point from real Gross Domestic Product, and was the largest contributor to the 0.2 percent decrease in GDP.

That sounds straightforward enough, but what exactly does that mean?

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50 Years Ago:

Thu, 2015-08-06 11:05

This morning, Congressman John Lewis sent the following message to the White House email list, reflecting on the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and highlighting the barriers to the vote that are still present today.
Tune in at 2 p.m. ET today as President Obama leads a conversation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act — followed by a discussion featuring Congressman John Lewis and Melissa Harris-Perry.
And if you didn't get the email, sign up for email updates here.

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50 Years After the Voting Rights Act, We Still Have Work to Do

Thu, 2015-08-06 10:00

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Ed. note: This is cross-posted on Medium.

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Nonprofit Success Depends on Your Business Mindset

Thu, 2015-08-06 09:57

Running a nonprofit takes passion dedication, and a big heart. Whether you’re working to save endangered animals, slow climate change, or help your neighborhood prosper, it’s easy to let your...

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President Obama's Iran Deal Speech Echoes John F. Kennedy

Thu, 2015-08-06 09:00

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Iran nuclear agreement at American University in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the Iran deal at American University's School of International Service.

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President Obama's Iran Deal Speech Echoes John F. Kennedy

Thu, 2015-08-06 09:00

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Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the Iran deal at American University's School of International Service.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy also delivered a historic foreign policy speech at American University. Just eight months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy had boldly entered into a diplomatic agreement with an adversary of the United States -- the Soviet Union. He faced criticism at home for choosing to pursue a peaceful weapons agreement with a country no one trusted.

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U.S.-Africa Business Forum Still Paying Dividends One Year Later

Wed, 2015-08-05 18:40

One year ago, the Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum. This forum brought together leaders from more than 45 Sub-Saharan and North African nations to discuss regional economic, political and development issues, with the aim of forging deeper transatlantic ties and showcasing a new kind of partnership rooted in these shared interests.

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SBIR Agency Blog #6: Department of Energy

Wed, 2015-08-05 18:13

For small businesses that are new to federal funding, the process can at first appear overwhelming—there are new registrations required from multiple sources, the funding solicitations are very...

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The Department of Commerce is Open for Innovation

Wed, 2015-08-05 18:07

Guest blog post by Julie Lenzer Kirk, Director for the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 

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