Guest blog post by Matt Erskine. Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentAttracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to the United States, and the jobs that come with it, has been a priority of the Obama administration since it came into office. Business programs from every federal agency have been thoroughly ramped up, and a new initiative targeting foreign companies thinking about locating in the United States, SelectUSA, was launched in 2011. The United States is already the largest recipient of FDI in the world.Read More
One of the most important benefits of good business planning is strategic positioning. Especially as technology advances and markets grow constantly more narrow and more defined, positioning is vital. You can use your business plan, with regular review and revisions, to keep steering towards the right positioning.
Social media is one of the fastest growing channels for businesses to connect with existing and potential customers. However, taking that first step or next step can be a challenge. How do you find the time for it? How do you build a following and engage with your audience? What social media platforms are the best for your business?
At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was constitutional, allowing all of the tax provisions in the law to go into effect as scheduled. Here are some of the actions you’ll have to take for your business to comply with the tax law in 2013. Some are very complicated and you probably want to work with a knowledgeable tax advisor to see how the tax rules apply to you.
If you are new to freelancing or thinking of becoming a freelancer, you’ll no doubt have lots of questions, especially about the legal and regulatory paperwork you need to obtain and manage throughout the business year.
A new report by a national committee of U.S. industry and university leaders details 16 recommendations "aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S.Read More
Guest blog post by
Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankThis morning I spoke with around 100 women from across the
U.S. financial services industry at the White House. The forum included
business executives as well as stewards of institutional funds.
On Tuesday, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered the keynote address at the Conference on Export Controls Policy, hosted by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. This annual conference is the U.S. Government’s major export control outreach and education event of the year.In her remarks, Dr. Blank highlighted progress on President Obama’s Export Control Reform Initiative and the National Export Initiative, saying that success in both areas is important for strengthening the American economy and creating more jobs, which are the president’s top priorities.Read More
We can all agree that email is another tool used for exchanging information. But when it comes to business, it plays a much greater role then many people seem to realize.
Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes business owners make is obtaining a business email account from one of the many free email services available on the Internet. While a free email services does serve a purpose, it can give a bad impression to a potential customer or even hurt your chances for obtaining credit because some creditors require a dedicated business email account.
Cross-posted from NTIA blog by Anna M. Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and InformationI recently had the opportunity to speak to the National Association of Latino
Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the League of United Latin American
Citizens (LULAC) about NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)
and the work it is doing to promote broadband adoption in the Latino
A high-speed Internet connection can provide access to everything from online