March 15, 2012 - 11:45am
Drought lingers in southern Plains and Southeast, expands in West and upper MidwestFor the first time in four years, no area of the country faces a high risk of major to record spring flooding, largely due to the limited winter snowfall, according to NOAA’s annual Spring Outlook, which forecasts the potential for flooding from April to June. “We’re not forecasting a repeat of recent historic and prolonged flooding in the central and northern U.S., and that is a relief,” said Laura Furgione, deputy director, NOAA’s National Weather Service.
March 15, 2012 - 10:00am
The US- Korea trade agreement, which takes effect today, is a major win for America’s small businesses. A key part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, this historic agreement provides businesses with greater access to a fast growing market and more opportunities to create jobs. It is estimated that the tariff cuts in the agreement will support 70,000 American jobs. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that the US-Korea agreement will increase annual exports to Korea by about $10 billion. Here at SBA, we’re ready to help small businesses tap into this market.
March 15, 2012 - 7:22am
There’s no doubt about it, women are a rising force in American entrepreneurship. Here are some fast facts on women-owned businesses: The latest Census data indicates that 7.8 million U.S. businesses are owned by women. This represents a stunning 44% increase from 1997-2007, twice the growth rate of men-owned businesses. Women-owned firms now make up close to a third (29%) of all nonfarm businesses across the country. These firms generate a total of $1.2 trillion annually and employ 7.6 million people.
March 15, 2012 - 4:06am
You know Daylight Savings Time just started and that St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. You might even know that it’s Women’s History Month. But did you know it’s also National Crafts Month? Or that the 21st is Kick Butt Day and the 23rd is National Puppy Day? If not, you’re probably not taking full advantage of the power of seasonal and holiday promotions.
March 14, 2012 - 6:00pm
Guest blog post by Barry Johnson, executive director of
March 14, 2012 - 7:13am
For many small business owners considering how to organize their company, becoming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a great choice, thanks to the liability protection and pass-through tax status they afford. Each state has specific guidelines for forming an LLC, but they all adhere to the same general principles (explained on SBA.gov here). Whichever method you choose and no matter where your LLC is formed, you’ll need to complete two specific documents to legally form your LLC and structure your new business entity: your Articles of Organization and your Operating Agreement.
March 13, 2012 - 6:30pm
Guest blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary Matt Erskine, Economic Development AdministrationToday I joined my colleagues, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos and Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Phillip Singerman, at a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) in New Orleans. The quarterly meeting of NACIE’s board coincided with local Entrepreneurship Week activities and brought
March 13, 2012 - 12:13pm
What happens to your business if something happens to you? How can you retire without destroying the business you spent a lifetime to build? Your business may be your largest asset, and deciding what happens to it can impact your retirement income, your family’s wealth, and the life of the company after your departure. Even if you are only just starting out, these questions should be addressed now because the future is uncertain. Here are four ways to dispose of your company when you retire (or when you die). 1. Sell your business
March 13, 2012 - 11:30am
If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it.Such a comb—a tool for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light—has for the first time been used to calibrate measurements of starlight from stars other than the Sun.
March 12, 2012 - 3:30pm
Guest blog post by Commerce Secretary John Bryson Today marks the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order creating the National Export Initiative (NEI), when President Obama set the ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports over five years. To mark this anniversary, we released new data today showing that jobs supported by U.S. exports increased by 1.2 million between 2009 and 2011. Building on strong growth in 2010, exports supported approximately 9.7 million jobs in 2011 and the value of U.S. exports of goods and services exceeded $2.1