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From Department of Commerce Blog
Tue, 2013-02-12 10:40

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last. Guest blog post by Tené Dolphin, Chief of Staff, Economic Development AdministrationFebruary is always a special time for our nation to remember the contributions of African Americans, but I never limit my celebration of Black History to just one month.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Mon, 2013-02-11 13:43

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn today in launching an 11-part “Science of Innovation” series to
coincide with the 165th birthday of American inventor Thomas Edison.
The program represents the latest intellectual property (IP) education efforts
by the USPTO and serves as a public-private partnership leveraging the best
strengths of federal agencies, industry, and educators to demonstrate the

From Department of Commerce Blog
Mon, 2013-02-11 09:00

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest post by James Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark OfficeIt is my privilege to serve as Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I was appointed to the position in May of 2011 by then Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Mon, 2013-02-11 07:34

So, your business is growing. While you may or may not have an accountant on hand, what about your bigger financial picture? Is it time to hire a Chief Financial Officer?
More than just a bookkeeper, payroll administrator or keeper of P&L and cash flow statements, a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) can help you plan, model, forecast and make better business decisions. A CFO looks at your business holistically–this includes people, processes and systems–and ensures that together you have accurate financial information to plan for the future.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Fri, 2013-02-08 16:47

It’s February—that time of year filled with candy hearts, boxes of chocolate, and the chance to let the people you love know exactly how you feel.  While Cupid may be busy this Valentine’s day, we at the U.S. Small Business Administration are just as busy making sure that America’s small businesses know how much we care.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Fri, 2013-02-08 14:30

Guest blog post by Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for
International Trade and Mark Doms, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic
AffairsLast year was another record-setting year for U.S. exporters.

Data
released today shows that in 2012, American exports totaled $2.2 trillion, eclipsing
the previous record of $2.1 trillion in exports in 2011.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Fri, 2013-02-08 12:15

Public reports will aid weather researchIt’s now easier than ever to be a part of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather research. The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, in
partnership with the University of Oklahoma, has launched a free app for users
to anonymously report precipitation from their Apple or Android mobile device.

From Small Business Administration Blog
Thu, 2013-02-07 14:30

In February, America celebrates and remembers the important milestones highlighted during Black History Month. Throughout our nation’s history, we have been united and inspired by the uniquely American dream that every person, with hard work and dedication, has the potential to achieve remarkable things.

From Department of Commerce Blog
Thu, 2013-02-07 10:15

Guest
blog post by Dennis Alvord, Executive Director of BusinessUSAToday
is a very exciting day for American businesses because the Administration has
just launched Round 2 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. 
This high-profile White House-sponsored program brings top innovators,
entrepreneurs, and change agents into government for 6-12
months to develop game-changing
solutions that benefit the American people in all kinds of ways – saving lives,
saving taxpayer money, and helping to fuel job growth. 

From Small Business Administration Blog
Thu, 2013-02-07 06:31

Late last year, I hosted a web chat with the SBA offering holiday marketing tips and ideas to small business owners. And while many business owners submitted questions relating specifically to the holidays, a large percentage of the questions centered on that age-old question: “How do I get more foot traffic to my store?”
Here are seven tried and tested steps you might want to consider:
1. Start from the outside and look in

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