March 12, 2012 - 1:30pm
Guest blog post by Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International TradeEarlier today – on the second anniversary of the President’s National Export Initiative – Commerce Secretary John Bryson announced that the number of American jobs supported by U.S. exports increased 1.2 million from 2009 to 2011. In total, U.S. exports now support 9.7 million jobs, serving as a bright spot in our economy, and helping to fuel our economic recovery. In addition, last year, there were a record $2.1 trillion in U.S. exports. And there is a lot more room to grow.
March 12, 2012 - 11:50am
When President Obama first announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) two years ago—with its goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014—there may have been some who wondered what this had to do with domestic economic development. But the answer is simple: a lot. From the worker in an auto plant owned by a foreign firm, to the many service businesses across the country selling to overseas visitors, to the U.S. companies from every sector selling their products and services to foreign buyers, America’s economic vitality is very much tied to the
March 12, 2012 - 10:21am
If you’re a consultant, freelancer or any business that charges by the hour, you are going to have to determine and continuously review your pricing structure. For example, do you charge by the hour? What’s a reasonable rate to ask? Are you better off charging clients on a project basis? Here are some tips for calculating your hourly and project rates and how to negotiate pricing with your client. 1. Determining Your Worth
March 12, 2012 - 10:00am
Anyone who enjoys police dramas on TV knows that biometrics such as fingerprints and DNA are used to match criminals to crimes. But increasingly, biometrics are being used in public and private arenas to ensure access to computers and buildings, or to authenticate that you are really you when traveling internationally with an e–passport.
March 9, 2012 - 4:45pm
Guest blog post by Commerce Secretary John BrysonI had the opportunity today to join President Obama on a visit to the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe facility in Prince George’s County, Virginia. This facility manufactures components of some of the company’s most advanced airplane engines. The company announced that it is planning to add 140 new jobs at Crosspointe and more than 100 additional jobs in Indiana manufacturing components for aircraft wings. As I have said and as the President said today, we are fully committed to helping U.S. businesses build
March 9, 2012 - 2:30pm
In my last post I said I would discuss consumer behavior and the levels of market segmentation in this one. I have since changed my mind (I can do that, really, I can). That is simply too much for one post so the consumer behavior will have to wait for Part 3. Now onto the market segmentation!
March 9, 2012 - 2:01pm
President Obama has declared March 4-10, 2012 as National Consumer Protection Week, building on a coordinated effort that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.
March 8, 2012 - 5:01pm
Guest blog post by Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International TradeAmerica is made up of different communities — each with its own character, challenges and opportunities. Regional leaders have a unique view of these issues and bring to the table incredible insight into their respective regions. That’s why the International Trade Administration (ITA) is firmly committed to working with these local leaders to utilize their insight, and ultimately help more American businesses expand into overseas markets. This is important work because exporting supports American jobs,
March 8, 2012 - 4:39pm
Today we are pleased to announce that SBA has licensed our first nationally-focused Impact Investment Fund, SJF Ventures III, LP. The fund will make equity investments in growth-stage clean-tech and positive-impact companies in targeted clean energy businesses nationwide. It is part of the President’s Startup America initiative aimed at helping small businesses create new jobs and drive innovation and competitiveness.
March 8, 2012 - 4:30pm
The Obama Administration today announced a $15 million multi-agency Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator challenge to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities. This competition, which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was designed by the Taskforce for the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural Council. The