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Keeping International Competition Front of Mind

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Guest blog by Chief Communications Officer Patrick Ross
Created on July 27, 2016

Empowering bold entrepreneurship by inventors and businesses drives the U.S. economy in a global marketplace. We at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office know that entrepreneurs today must keep the challenge of global competition front of mind. That’s why we provide an array of tools and resources designed to assist innovators in ensuring their intellectual property rights are respected across the globe. Check out our International IP Toolkit to learn more about our Global Dossier program, our Global Intellectual Property Academy, and so much more.

NEW Resource Platform - Grow Her Business

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National Women’s Business Council
Created on July 19, 2016

The Grow Her Business: A Resource from Start-up to Scale-up platform is LIVE! Grow Her Business is a searchable repository of nearly 200 premiere, growth-oriented programs. This platform will serve as a resource of valuable information and guidance for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow and scale their businesses. The platform will be an easy-to-use platform functioning as a data repository for relevant tactical resources on how to ideate, launch, and grow a business. A few things:

  • Of the 196 fully coded resources, the primary content for 50 percent is accessed in-person, with at least one resource in every state.

  • The other 50 percent of resources have some or all content online. Of the four types of assistance common to business development programs—technical, education, finance and networking—over half of the resources (106) offered multiple types of assistance within one program, potentially making for a more efficient time investment for women.

  • Fourteen percent provide opportunities for financing, as do several of the multi-assistance resources.

Why Entrepreneurs are Vital to Emerging Markets: OPIC Featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal

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“Innovative thinkers and early adopters exist everywhere: In Silicon Valley, but also in Sub-Saharan Africa; in the legendary startup garages … and in even more humble venues that may lack electricity,” Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Vice President Judith Pryor wrote this week in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement – Four Years Later

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Fernando Gracia, ITA
Created on July 15, 2016

Fernando Gracia is an Intern in the Office of the Western Hemisphere at the International Trade Administration

Four years ago, the United States Colombia free trade agreement went into effect, representing a commitment to trade and prosperity between our two countries.  Today, we look back at the four years since the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) entered into force and analyze what it has meant for trade between our two countries.

The overall trend for U.S. exports to Colombia has been positive since the CTPA was implemented in 2012.

MBDA Staff Look Inward to Support Operational Excellence

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Created on July 15, 2016

MBDA employees discuss their recent DISC assessments Communication and teamwork are two of the most critical components of any organization, regardless of its mission. Without communication and teamwork, it’s almost impossible to achieve or sustain operational excellence.  For the Department of Commerce, operational excellence is defined as “strengthening the Department’s capacity to achieve its objectives, maximize return on program investments and deliver quality, timely service.”

One of the ways that the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is focusing on operational excellence is by completing individual DISC Behavioral Assessments.

DISC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication; and to increase employee engagement.  The assessment is based on the DISC theory developed by psychologist William Moulton Marston, and focuses on four behavior types: Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance (DISC).

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