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New Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce Comes Online at Auburn

Mon, 2013-09-16 10:34

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) hosted a ceremony Friday, September 13 to dedicate the Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced
Science, Innovation and Commerce at Auburn University in Alabama.
The Center is a $28.8 million
research facility designed to support multidisciplinary research in bioenergy,
water quality, food safety and engineering, genomics, information science and
ecosystem health. The new lab includes 20 high-tech
laboratories with specialized equipment, a super computer, seminar rooms and

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Myth vs. Fact: Myth #3: Business Owners Will Be Fined If They Don’t Notify Their Employees About the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Thu, 2013-09-12 15:41

As a business owner, it's important to understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business. However, with so many misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act works, this can be difficult. 
As part of our ongoing blog series, "Myth vs. Fact: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business," this week we're debunking another common myth: Business owners will be fined if they don't provide notification to their employees about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

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6 Quick Ways to Use Social Media for Branding

Thu, 2013-09-12 10:06

While there’s no overnight success when it comes to converting social media followers to customers, there are some strategies you can implement immediately to see results. Remember the importance of branding – every social interaction says something about your brand. Here’s how to make sure it says exactly what you want your brand to convey:
1. Upload Consistent Avatars

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A Joint Imperative to Strengthen Skills

Wed, 2013-09-11 10:00

Guest blog post by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. PerezAs two of the newest members of President Obama’s
cabinet, we’ve both spent the past few months lending a fresh set of eyes and
ears to the opportunities and challenges facing middle-class workers and
American businesses. One concern facing both communities that requires our full
attention and our joint efforts is making sure that every American has the
skills needed to succeed in the workforce.

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Google+ Hangout: Learn How to Access Health Care Coverage for Your Small Business Through Cover Oregon

Wed, 2013-09-11 08:57

SBA and Cover Oregon have teamed up to host a series of Google+ Hangouts on the Affordable Care Act. The final Hangout on Tuesday, September 17 will cover what small businesses need to know about Oregon’s Marketplace, Cover Oregon, and how they will access coverage through the web portal – Cover Oregon will address specific small business needs including:

Requesting real-time carrier quotes including available plans and rates

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New Guidance on Information Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act

Tue, 2013-09-10 15:24

Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, those employers that are subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions must report certain information regarding the health coverage they offer their full-time employees (known as Section 6056 reporting).  The law also requires information reporting by insurers, self-insuring employers, and other parties like governmental entities that provide health coverage to individuals (Section 6055 reporting).  These reporting provisions take effect on January 1, 2015, and the first reports are due to the Internal Revenue Service in early 201

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Improving the Economic Measurement Toolkit: Partnerships between Businesses and Federal Statistical Agencies

Tue, 2013-09-10 11:45

Businesses and
federal statistical agencies have a long history of working together to produce
something that is vitally important to both groups: the
nation’s economic measurement toolkit.

Landefeld, director of the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis,
charted the history of this collaboration and underscored the importance of
continuing that partnership during a panel session Tuesday at the National
Association for Business Economics’ (NABE) annual meeting in San Francisco.

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The Best Credit Card Processing For Small Business Owners

Tue, 2013-09-10 10:17

Are you looking to accept credit cards from your customers? Is building your company's creditworthiness essential to you? In this article, I'm going to share with you how to determine which merchant for credit card processing would be best for your small business.
Let's face it, there's no lack of merchant suppliers both online and offline providing a whole set of amazing tools for simple credit card processing such as virtual terminals, mobile credit card readers, credit card equipment and so on.

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Arts and “First Friday” Contribute to Overall Economic Activity in Missoula, Montana

Mon, 2013-09-09 14:30

Guest blog by Rob Rubinovitz, Deputy Chief Economist, Economics and Statistics AdministrationSecretary Penny Pritzker’s visit to Missoula, Montana last
coincided with one of the community’s “First Friday Gallery Night” events.  “First Friday’s” are part of a larger effort
of the Cultural Council in Missoula to support the arts to benefit the
community as a whole.  These events
include various art galleries, museums, and retail locations, and may feature
musical performances, poetry readings, dance and lectures. The effort seem to

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3 Signs That Social Media Might Not Be the Right Fit for Your Small Business

Mon, 2013-09-09 07:21

Small-business social media use has become a barometer of our times for industry analysts who are eager to gauge the impact the economy and new technologies have on the way small firms do business.
And despite a few sluggish years, the latest data suggests that small businesses are turning to social media in droves in an effort to increase sales (source: Forbes and Manta). The problem is, no matter how much time they spend, some small businesses are not reaping rewards.

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