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NIST MEP helps U.S. Manufacturers Create Jobs and Expand their Businesses

Mon, 2013-06-17 13:00

National Small Business Week,
which is taking place June 17-21, recognizes the contributions of America’s
entrepreneurs to job creation and economic growth. One way that the Commerce
Department works to support small- and medium-sized enterprises is through the
National Institute of Standards and Technology’s
(NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership
(MEP), a public-private partnership designed to encourage innovation in
American manufacturing.

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50 Years of National Small Business Week

Fri, 2013-06-14 22:13

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week.  Although things have certainly changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, one thing that hasn’t changed is America’s entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities.

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National Small Business Week Recognizing the Mentors Behind the Magic

Fri, 2013-06-14 12:34

This week is my absolute favorite of the year because National Small Business Week marks the biggest celebration of small business the whole year long. Today, in particular, feels almost like Christmas Eve because tomorrow is the big celebration taking place right here in our own backyard of Washington DC. Small businesses from around the country will be recognized for their hard work and I couldn’t be more proud and excited.

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Administration Advances Wireless Spectrum for Economic Growth

Fri, 2013-06-14 12:30

Cross-post by Tom Power and Lawrence E. StricklingPresident Obama today issued a Presidential Memorandum
that builds on the Administration’s commitment to make additional
spectrum available for wireless broadband to drive innovation, expand
consumer services, and increase job creation and economic growth.  The
memorandum establishes a set of measures
that Federal agencies, in collaboration with industry and other
stakeholders, will now take to more aggressively enhance spectrum

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Asians Fastest-Growing Race or Ethnic Group in 2012

Fri, 2013-06-14 12:00

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Asians were the nation's fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012. Their population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million, according to Census Bureau annual population estimates. More than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian population came from international migration.By comparison, the Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent, or more than 1.1 million, to just over 53 million in 2012.

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Pre-Registration Opens For SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

Thu, 2013-06-13 17:30

is now open for the SelectUSA 2013 Investment
This first-ever event will take place in
Washington, DC on October 31 and November 1. 

two-day SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit will connect international and
domestic investors and firms with economic development organizations (EDOs)
from across the country in an effort to promote investment here and support the
creation of American jobs.

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International Travelers to the United States Post Record Numbers in Visits and Spending

Thu, 2013-06-13 13:20

U.S. Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco
Sánchez highlighted new data today that show spending by international visitors to
the United States in April 2013 totaled nearly $14.5 billion, an increase of
more than 5 percent when compared to April 2012. International visitors have spent
an estimated $57.9 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related services year to
date in 2013 (January through April), an increase of 8 percent when compared to
the same period last year.

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A Wealth of International Resources for the American Small Business; Direct Access to Ambassadors and BIDS

Thu, 2013-06-13 09:36

Fact: Ninety-six percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States.
Fact:  Less than one percent of U.S. businesses are engaged in exporting.
Are you still unsure whether you should expand your small business overseas? Are you already exporting but looking to increase your overseas business?

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8 Smart Techniques for Improving Headlines

Thu, 2013-06-13 08:48

Even the most well-written article or blog post, or the best video, is worthless if it isn’t topped by an appealing headline. The headline is what piques the reader’s attention.
The headline has become uber-important in today’s world of social media sites. For most people, the headline is all they see on a site like Twitter. And on other sites like Google+ and Facebook, it’s a key element of what they see. If the headline isn’t good, chances are the reader won’t bother to click over to read it or view it.

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Credit Literacy Quiz: Test Your Credit Knowledge

Tue, 2013-06-11 14:12

Despite the massive amounts of resources being assembled in the cause of financial literacy, year after year, surveys uncover that people all over the country are as financially and credit illiterate as ever.
Winning this battle requires us to be diligent and forward thinking. It begins by educating our children on sound credit and financial management principles.
To test your credit literacy, see how well you answer the following questions:

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