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Urban Alliance and USPTO Partner to Provide Youth With Meaningful Work Experience

August 12, 2015

Guest blog post by Eshauna Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Urban Alliance

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Rod Robinson, Founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc.

August 12, 2015

Rod Robinson, Founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc., a supplier relationship platform that manages all aspects of a corporation’s diversity and compliance programs, discusses the important role a government organization like MBDA plays in the success of an entrepreneur. He believes taking advantage of resources provided by MBDA, such as access to data and analytics to support the business model, as well as meeting with fellow mentors that have walked in their shoes, allows entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.

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Council Advises Continued Data Improvements

August 12, 2015

On July 30th, the Commerce Data Advisory Council  convened its second meeting to review and provide guidance on the Department of Commerce's data.  This one-of-a-kind gathering of digital technology executives was eager to dive directly into the work of the Department and provided dozens of excellent recommendations.  A great deal of the feedback can be summarized as "Thumbs up.  Continue the good work."  Though there were some very specific suggestions for improvement areas.  But as with any insightful discussion on how a business is using its information to help its custome

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Nimble and Inclusive Capital Formation Paths – Two JOBS Act Conversations in NYC

August 12, 2015

In September 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and SBA...

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Stronger Together: Your Voice in the Workplace Matters

August 12, 2015

Ed. note: The following essay is cross-posted from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez's Medium account. 

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Celebrating International Youth Day: 3 Ways to Get Involved With Local Youth

August 12, 2015

Happy International Youth Day!  Since 2000, the United Nations has used International Youth Day to draw attention to youth...

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DOT Helps States, Local Communities Improve Transportation Resilience

August 11, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog. See the original post here.
Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been working hard to support communities across the country as they adapt the planning, development, and management of their transportation assets for greater resilience in the face of climate change. And earlier today, I kicked off a workshop to share tools and resources to help states, transit agencies, and local communities do just that.

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Nicole Tucker Smith, Co-Founder LessonCast Learning

August 11, 2015

In her role as co-founder of LessonCast Learning, a learning platform that helps community members share best practices, Nicole Tucker-Smith keeps an idealistic mindset that helps her elevate her company to the next level. But she also recognizes the importance of balancing idealism with practicality. The Minority Business Development Agency helps entrepreneurs, like Nicole, with identifying and taking advantage of resources that support day-to-day tasks of a budding startup.

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Mission Success: Data to Feed the Hungry

August 11, 2015

Guest blog post by Eric Newburger, Senior Scientist for Data Training, Office of the Chief Data Officer
People are using our data to feed the hungry.  The Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, Virginia, has layered Department of Commerce datasets over their own to identify underserved populations in need of food aid.  As reported in the Huffington Post, a creative programmer with an idea for making the world a better place -- and the data to make his idea happen – is at the center of this success.   

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5 Ways to Improve Your Business Credit Scores

August 11, 2015

Having strong business credit scores and ratings are key to getting approved for trade credit and financing for your company. In the same way that personal credit scores serves as a financial...

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