Guest blog post by Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankAmerica’s
entrepreneurs, businesses, and workers are the primary source of new ideas that
drive innovation. Patents, trademarks and copyrights–the main protections in
our IP system–are critical tools that help commercialize innovative,
game-changing ideas, from advances in healthcare technology to improved
consumer products. By creating a better environment for our private sector to
capitalize those ideas, IP protections help foster the innovation and
Yesterday, I joined Secretary Ray LaHood and other senior members of the Obama Administration for the US Department of Transportation’s annual Small Business Day.
Just in time for their home opener of the 2012 season, fans of Colorado
Rockies baseball can feel safer when severe thunderstorms threaten Coors Field
now that the park has earned designation as a National Weather Service
StormReady® Supporter. Coors Field is the fourth major league
baseball park to earn StormReady distinction.
This Friday, the White House Business Council and SBA are hosting a forum at Arizona State University to help Phoenix entrepreneurs get the tools they need to grow and expand -- such as SBA guaranteed loans, government contracting programs and business counseling services. The event is the fifth in a multi-city series of Urban Economic Forums discussing the Obama administration’s commitment to small business success in America’s urban areas.
Looking to drum up business with a call campaign? Want to reach out to your customers and prospects by phone? Before you dial, you should be aware of the government’s Do Not Call rules.
Most of us probably have a loose interpretation of Do Not Call rules and requirements, assuming that as long as “an existing business relationship” exists between the telemarketer and the consumer, then it’s okay to call. But consider these questions:
Which customers do you really have an “existing relationship” with and what does that mean, anyway?Read More
Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary
John Bryson traveled to Cleveland, Tennessee, where he visited the Whirlpool
a ribbon cutting
ceremony for their new, one-million square foot manufacturing facility.
The $200 million factory is the largest premium cooking product manufacturing
and distribution facility in the world, exemplifying the Secretary’s mission to
help U.S. business make it here and sell it everywhere. The opening of the
facility marked 100 years of Whirlpool manufacturing Made-in-America products.
Guest blog post by Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca BlankCensus Bureau Director Robert Groves has been an exceptional and
dedicated leader. Over the past several years, Dr. Groves has done outstanding
work to transform and modernize the Census Bureau. So our announcement today is
bittersweet: Dr. Groves is resigning as Director of the Census Bureau in August
to become the provost of Georgetown University. This is a significant and
highly deserved honor for him–and a major capstone to his notable academic
Managing significant changes to the U.S. patent system brought about by implementation of last year’s major patent reform law is not just a project that stays within our borders. Since many outside the U.S. seek a U.S. patent, other nations have a keen interest in understanding how the America Invents Act will work and may wish to file comments on the rules packages associated with implementing the biggest overhaul to U.S.Read More
First quarter of 2012 also warmest on record; early March tornado outbreak is year's first "billion dollar disaster"According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, record- and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation and contributed to the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. Over 15,000 records were broken as March 2012 became the warmest on record.Read More
The idea of starting a business during a recession or growing a business during tough times may sound like the ultimate challenge for any entrepreneur or small business owner. Yet, time and time again, small businesses prove that with agility, planning, and the right resources, tough times aren’t just survivable – they can spur growth.
Take for example SBA’s 2011 National Small Business Person of the Year, Rick Cochran, whose Vermont-based Mobile Medical International (MMI), provides advanced medical care to underserved areas.