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I recently had the honor and great pleasure of participating in the Washington, D.C. portion of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (OCCI) Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) Mission – part of a week-long effort to inspire an HFC conversation around ideas that not only have a positive economic impact, but also hold broader implications for our communities and our planet.
This mission – another milestone in a vibrant commercial relationship – was the result of more than a year’s work between Japan and the United States. Thanks to the combined efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and OCCI, the delegation joined a robust, multi-city program during the week of November 14, 2016.
The Minority Business Development Agency shares five reasons local consumers should shop small on Small Business Saturday Nov. 26 and throughout the holiday season:
Support Local Job Growth
Small businesses create two out of three net new private-sector jobs in the U.S. which spurs economic development and job growth.
Make an Economic Impact
The average consumer spent $170 on Small Business Saturday last year for a total of $16.2 billion spent at local Main Street merchants.
For the first time, the Census Bureau has collected information about ownership of intellectual property in its 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO). We now have data to verify what we’ve known for some time—minority business owners are innovative and forward thinking. Based on 2012 SBO results, minority-owned firms equal the rate of patent ownership of nonminority firms. For both groups, one half of one percent of businesses own one or more patents.
When you look closer at both groups (minority and nonminority firms), it appears that a huge disparity exists. Average earnings for minority-owned firms that own patents are $2.1 million per year, compared to $8.1 million for their non-minority counterparts.
MBDA celebrates Native American Heritage Month and acknowledges the significant contributions of Native American-owned businesses to the U.S. economy. A key component of the Agency’s services is dedicated to addressing the unique economic challenges and opportunities in Indian Country.
MBDA plans to conduct tribal consultation meetings with federally recognized tribes, American Indian and Alaska Native business/trade/economic organizations, and American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms, between October 2016 and February 2017.
Any armchair economist will tell you that entrepreneurship is central to a healthy economy. What they probably won’t tell you is that the rate of entrepreneurship in the United States has significantly declined over the last several decades. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in the late 1970s, at least 15 percent of American businesses were startups. Despite the popularity of business-venture-themed TV shows such as ABC’s Shark Tank, the number of new businesses has fallen to just 8 percent of all U.S. business operations.
The reasons are varied, with both new and historic challenges contributing to the problem. As you might imagine, the Great Recession of 2008-2010 has played no small role.