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Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

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Jane Callen, Economics and Statistics Administration
Created on January 28, 2015
 

Export DataIn his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas.  Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…”

Following on the President’s remarks, we thought it would be valuable to take a quick “data snapshot” of the most recent annual report on exporting companies published by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2014 report shows that small-and-medium-sized companies continue to contribute a larger share of our exports than in the past. As the below graph shows, in 2013 (the most recent year for which we have data), these companies accounted for approximately 35 percent of total goods export value -- continuing a steady growth trend of the past decade.

Upcoming Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Translation Webinars

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MBDA
Created on January 27, 2015
 

WebinarThe Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.Get to know the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Translation (STTR) programs.

Invitation to Global Connect: Texas Trade Finance Seminar on Feb. 20, 2015 in San Antonio

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on January 27, 2015
 

Global Connect

You are cordially invited to attend “The Global Connect: Texas Trade Finance Seminar” on February 20, 2015 at the International Trade Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

This seminar is (1) a must attend event for Texas and Southwest-based businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, interested in entering, growing, and succeeding in global markets; (2) a major networking occasions for financial professionals seeking to expand their client base; (3) a great learning opportunity for students interested in international trade and global businesses; and (4) offered in support of the advancement of U.S. Hispanic and other minority-owned businesses in global markets.

Explore Africa Business Opportunities from your Desk!

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on January 26, 2015
 

U.S. Commercial Services - Trade Winds - Africa

Accessing Africa What U.S. Firms Need to Know for Success

The Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa Webinar Series offers convenient access to the most current business outlook and opportunities in 8 dynamic markets.  

Six webinars, offered from February to April, focus on delivering a market overview and best practices for business success. Hear from experts include U.S. overseas senior diplomats and experienced U.S. exporters.

Working in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Things to Know in the Snow

Blogged By: 
Jesse Lawder, DOL Office of Public Affairs
Created on January 26, 2015
 

Winter Weather AheadThe bite of winter is fast approaching, with some areas already covered in frosty white. While many workers will be earning a living indoors, plenty of people in the United States will be working outside in the coming months, often in bitter cold. Employers should be aware of the dangers, and plan accordingly.

Here are four things every employer should know in the winter:

1. What do I need to know about shoveling snow?

Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity, particularly because cold weather can be taxing on the body, and can create the potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, or heart attacks.

  • Take frequent breaks,

  • Drink plenty of fluids (while avoiding ones with caffeine or alcohol),

  • Warm-up before starting,

  • Scoop small amounts of snow at a time,

  • Push the snow instead of lifting where possible, and

  • Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keep the back straight and lift with the legs.

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