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
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.