March 26, 2012 - 1:10pm
Back in 2010, SBA guest blogger, Susan Solovic, shared some statistics about the self-perpetuating challenges that female business owners have when it comes to growing their businesses and accessing capital: Fewer than three percent of women-owned businesses cross over the million dollar threshold in revenue.
March 26, 2012 - 12:00pm
Today marked the official start of Secretary Bryson's five-day trade mission to India. In the morning he met with Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Aluwalia to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.-India commercial relationship. He also spoke at an infrastructure roundtable discussion sponsored by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). India is planning to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure development over the next five years, and U.S. companies are in a unique position to
March 26, 2012 - 9:00am
On December 19, 2011 Secretary of Commerce John Bryson appointed Dee Alexander as his Senior Adviser on Native American Affairs. As the Department’s Tribal Consultation Official, Alexander’s principal responsibility is implementing the Department’s Tribal Coordination and Consultation Policy, per President Obama’s Executive Order 13175 (PDF), which ensures meaningful and timely input by tribal officials in the development of policies that have tribal implications. Alexander works closely with the Minority Business Development
March 23, 2012 - 1:45pm
Guest blog post by Paul McRoberts, Vice President of Autodesk’s Infrastructure BusinessEd note: Autodesk, Inc., works in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries-including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects-use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the
March 23, 2012 - 11:00am
Guest blog post by Commerce Secretary John Bryson This weekend I am departing for India, where I will be leading a trade mission with 16 American companies. This will be my first trade mission and I am really looking forward to it. I will be meeting with senior level Indian government officials to advocate for U.S. export opportunities in India’s rapidly expanding infrastructure sector, and promote investment opportunities in America–both key priorities of President Obama and this Administration. India’s growth over the last decade has resulted in
March 23, 2012 - 9:00am
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's
March 22, 2012 - 5:01pm
One of SBA’s highest priorities is to provide access and opportunity to small business owners in traditionally underserved communities. President Obama, Administrator Mills, and I are committed to supporting all of our nation’s entrepreneurs, including minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities and those in rural areas. That is why we created the Advisory Council on Underserved Communities (CUC), which advises SBA on ways we can further expand our reach into these communities. Chaired by Cathy Hughes, the founder of Radio One and TV One and a former SBA borrower, the CUC provides
March 22, 2012 - 3:00pm
Commerce's Census Bureau has released a 2010 Census brief, The Asian Population: 2010 (PDF), that shows the Asian population grew faster than any other race group over the last decade. The population that identified as Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, grew by 45.6 percent from 2000 to 2010, while those who identified as Asian alone grew by 43.3 percent. Both populations grew at a faster rate than the total U.S. population, which increased by 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010. Out of the total U.S.
March 22, 2012 - 11:15am
Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the
March 22, 2012 - 7:38am
How do you describe your business to the world? What words sum up your brand identity and what you have to offer? Are you clearly explaining your business value? It takes a little time and thought to get your marketing message right, which is why so many small businesses fall back on their “About Us” page or product descriptions to describe what they do and for whom. The problem with this approach is that this message is always about the business itself, and not about those you are trying to connect with – your customers.