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Digital Government Strategy Brings Big Changes to the Commerce Department

Thu, 2013-05-23 10:00

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy,
an effort by the Administration to transform public-facing government services
in line with 21st century expectations. The Department of Commerce has made some big strides
in providing better information to citizens in a timely manner through multiple
formats and increasing access to services on mobile devices. The goal is to make citizen services and
information available anywhere, anytime, and on any device, and in formats that

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3 Types of Insurance You May Think You Have But Don’t

Thu, 2013-05-23 08:23

Insurance is the backstop for business owners when things go wrong. Things happen, but owners want to be financially protected for the unexpected. The problem is that owners may assume they’re covered for certain events but find out after such events that they were mistaken. Don’t fall into the same trap. Here are three common situations you may assume you’re covered for but may need to make changes to be protected.
Terrorist events

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Grow Your Business This Summer – 7 Marketing Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

Thu, 2013-05-23 07:39

Looking for ideas to incorporate the summer season into your marketing plans this year? Whether it’s a busy or quiet time for your business, here are some things you can do to take advantage of the summer months!
Take Your Business Into the Fresh Air
Don’t wait for your customers to come to you; look for ways to get in front of them. Whether you run a retail store, restaurant or provide a service to customers, consider the following:

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Watch Our World Trade Month Google+ Hangout to Learn about Exporting

Wed, 2013-05-22 16:39

SBA recently hosted a Google+ Hangout to honor World Trade Month. The panel of guests talked about common “rookie mistakes” and listed many resources that can help small businesses get started exporting.
You can watch the Hangout below.  If you have any questions about exporting, you can tweet them using the hashtag #TradeChat.

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Department of Commerce Helps American Company Secure $42 Million Contract With Colombia

Wed, 2013-05-22 14:15

Contract supports $38 million in U.S. exportsU.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce
Rebecca Blank today announced that L-3 Communications Corporation Warrior
Systems Sector (Londonderry, New Hampshire) and its distributor
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Boise, Idaho) recently secured a contract
from the Government of Colombia worth $42 million. The announcement comes on
the heels of Acting Secretary Blank’s trade mission to Brazil, Colombia and
Panama, which wrapped up on May 17. The trade mission included 20 U.S. firms

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Myth vs. Fact: Myth #2: My State Isn’t Setting Up a Marketplace So The Affordable Care Act Doesn’t Affect Me

Wed, 2013-05-22 01:37

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: If my business is located in a state that isn’t establishing a state-based Marketplace, the Affordable Care Act doesn’t have any impact on me.

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SBA Has a New Initiative to Help Veterans Access Capital and Become Entrepreneurs or Expand Existing Businesses

Tue, 2013-05-21 14:04

Are you a veteran transitioning from active service and want to become an entrepreneur? Or perhaps you’ve been out of the service for some time and want to start a new small business or expand an existing one?

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5 Fundamental Principles of Good Business Planning

Tue, 2013-05-21 11:00

I’ve just finished a two-month period in which I’ve read more than 50 business plans as part of my role as judge of several major national business plan competitions and as managing investor of my local angel investment group. And I like reading business plans, so it wasn’t a sacrifice. But it did remind me that every so often, it’s good to go back to the five important fundamental principles of good business planning.
1. Form follows function

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NOAA’s Latest Mobile App Provides Free Nautical Charts for Recreational Boating

Tue, 2013-05-21 10:40

Public is invited to try beta version of MyNOAAChartsAs recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, Commercee's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot.

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57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services honored at the 2013 President’s “E” Awards ceremony

Mon, 2013-05-20 17:00

U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today honored 57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services at the 2013 President’s “E” Awards ceremony. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the “E” Awards, which recognize significant contributions to increasing American exports. Today’s set of honorees, many of which are small and medium-sized enterprises, was the largest group in three decades to receive this distinguished award.Winners of the 2013 “E” Awards represent diverse communities from 22 states across the country.

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