Today, more than 250,000 service members are transitioning each year from the military to civilian life. These men and women are proven leaders and they have the skills and experience needed to be outstanding business leaders. Veterans over-index in entrepreneurship. One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners, and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting or buying their own business.Read More
With small businesses that rely on agriculture facing financial hardship as a result of the worst drought to hit the United States in more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week declared drought disaster areas in nearly half of the counties in the U.S. (1,430 counties out of 3,033) in 32 states.
The U.S. Census Bureau today launched an interactive global resource on the
prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. The database was
developed in 1987 and now holds 149,000 statistics, an increase of approximately
10,800 new estimates in the last year, making it the most complete of its kind
in the world. The launch comes as thousands of people worldwide meet in
Washington, D.C., for the International AIDS
Conference this week.
Negotiation, like networking, is one of life’s necessities that you either love or hate. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Let’s face it, negotiation is almost an everyday business affair – whether you’re negotiating a new business deal, scoping out a statement of work with a client, or trying to reach consensus with a business partner, client or employee.
How do your negotiations typically go? Are they calm affairs? Do you often reach a satisfactory consensus?
Here are some tips for effective negotiation in your business:
Find Out What’s on the Table
Guest blog post by Eric Kelly, President and CEO of Overland StorageAs one of the driving
forces of technological innovation in the United States, Silicon Valley
companies continue to create new products and opportunities that advanceall
aspects of our lives. The ability to create intellectual property is critical
for companies as they develop new products and protect existing assets. Last
year alone, Californians made up more than a quarter of the 108,626 patents issued
to U.S. inventors.
On Tuesday this week, Under Secretary of Commerce for
Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) Patrick Gallagher was in Chicago to visit two
manufacturing companies to learn more about the best practices and challenges
confronting U.S. manufacturers.“Having the opportunity to hear directly from
manufacturers and see their operations firsthand is invaluable to those of us
working to support and increase the competitiveness of American manufacturing,”
An online application that allows businesses to compare
themselves to their competitors, locate their competition, customers, and
suppliers, and find the best places to advertise and their developer team of
four won the Commerce Department’s first prize and $5,000 in the nationwide
Commerce Business Apps Challenge
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The winning apps use at least one
Department of Commerce data set that assists businesses and/or improves the
service delivery of Business.USA.gov
Guest blog post by Ali Ansary, co-founder of SeventyK.Ed. Note: SeventyK’s mission is to change cancer care by educating patients,
families, and their healthcare providers through innovative ways about
age-appropriate treatment and the unique needs of the adolescent and young
adult (AYA) cancer patient. Unlike pediatric and older adult cancer
patients, for over two decades the rate of survival for AYA cancer patients has
not improved. Last Thursday I was honored to be part of a panel at the Colorado
Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered remarks at the Global
Women’s Innovation Network (GlobalWIN)’s third annual Innovation Luncheon at
the Library of Congress today. GlobalWIN provides a forum for women executives
and women working in academia, government and business in innovation-related
fields. In her remarks, Dr. Blank highlighted the importance of women’s
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