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Spotlight on Commerce: Pravina Raghavan, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce

March 18, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Pravina Raghavan, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce
When my parents took the risk to leave everything they knew behind in India and start a new life in the U.S. as graduate students, they never contemplated that their daughter would take a similar risk to expand her horizons many years later.

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Can or Should an IRA Own Your Business?

March 18, 2016

The basic idea is for the IRA or a qualified retirement plan to own the business and you own the IRA or qualified retirement plan, so you indirectly continue to own your business. Some do this...

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6 Tips for a Great Social Media Marketing Campaign

March 17, 2016

Social media can be a huge driver of website traffic, awareness of your brand and, of course, new business leads, and online and offline sales.
Social media can also be a time suck that...

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Expanding Open Data Access through the Commerce Data Usability Project

March 17, 2016

At the beginning of this year, the Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) launched the Commerce Data Usability Project (CDUP), a community-driven public-private partnership to help data scientists, programmers and other users to access open knowledge from our open data. Bringing together contributing partners from the private sector, academia and government, CDUP will offer tutorials to illustrate how to use high value datasets from a variety of perspectives. 

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics for St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2016

Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and the President issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year.
Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948.

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Honoring Women in Public Service and Government

March 17, 2016

When I reflect on this year’s women’s history month theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” I am inspired by the women here at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) who have made vital contributions to public service, intellectual property, invention, and innovation. These are women such as Marilyn Ricks-Beach, who we have highlighted in our Women’s History month video, and who exemplifies dedication to federal service, having worked at the USPTO since 1980.

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What They're Saying about President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

March 17, 2016

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement announcing Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 16, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Asked and Answered: Sending Direct Mail to Cuba for the First Time in 50 Years

March 17, 2016

An American president has not traveled to Cuba in almost 90 years. But on March 20, President Obama will set foot on the island country that's only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The visit is a historic milestone after more than a year of progress from the day in December of 2014 when the President first announced he was abandoning a failed, Cold War-era approach to Cuba in favor of a new course to normalize relations.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks

March 16, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks
As Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I oversee all aspects of the Trademarks organization including policy, operations, and budget related to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance. 

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BEA Data Provide a Look into America’s Shopping Carts

March 16, 2016

America’s consumers spent more than $12 trillion last year on all kinds of stuff, including new cars, furniture, clothes, groceries, beauty products, electronics, visits to doctors and dentists, and tickets to sporting events and movies.

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