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MBDA Deputy Director Receives Hispanic Business Community Award

Blogged By: 
Alberto Betancourt, Press Secretary
Created on October 25, 2013
 

Castillo at Hispanic Heritage Foundation The Hispanic Heritage Foundation held their first Hispanic Business Community Awards celebration Oct. 23 at the Capital One Bank headquarters in McLean, Va. The awards recognized the impact of Latino business leaders on the Greater Washington, DC community.

Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Deputy Director, was one of five awardees honored at the event. Castillo received the Public Service Leadership award.

“I’m very honored to receive this award,” she said. “I have a rewarding job where every day I come to work and have the unique privilege of honoring my father. He emigrated from the Dominican Republic and started his own business. That’s what inspires me to help minority-owned companies grow their own business.”

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker also congratulated Castillo on the recognition.

“I am happy to congratulate MBDA National Deputy Director Alejandra Y. Castillo on receiving the Hispanic Business Community Award for Public Service Leadership,” said Pritzker. “The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s recognition of Ms. Castillo’s leadership and critical work is a testament to the service and dedication of our Commerce Department employees.”

The Basics of Successful Energy Management

Blogged By: 
MBDA
Created on October 22, 2013
 

Energy Awareness October is Energy Awareness month, and it’s a great opportunity to look around your office for ways to save energy.

Why do some companies save more than others? One reason is how they approach energy management. Companies that follow a few basic principles achieve greater savings. If you are serious about reducing energy use, you can apply these principles and save!

Make energy a priority

Start saving energy by making it a priority for everyone in the company.

Assign responsibility

Someone has to be responsible for energy. Initially, this might be a designated energy champion. Over time, responsibility can be expanded to a team of people.

Set a goal

Goals create clear objectives for energy management activities. Need help? Take the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry and reduce your energy intensity by 10%.

How do I Choose Coverage That’s Right for my Business?

Blogged By: 
Healthcare.gov
Created on October 21, 2013
 

How do I choose coverage that’s right for my business?There are 4 categories of plans in the SHOP Marketplace. They offer similar benefits, but differ based on how enrollees and the plan share the costs of care.

In 2014, SHOP is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.

When you compare plans for your business, you'll notice that the plans are put into categories:

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

  • Platinum

Ten Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

Blogged By: 
Department of Homeland Security
Created on October 21, 2013
 

Cyber SecurityBroadband and information technology are powerful tools for small businesses to reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data. Visit www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner to create a free customized Cyber Security Planning guide for your small business and visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect to download resources on cyber security awareness for your business. Here are ten key cybersecurity tips to protect your small business:

  1. Train employees in security principles. Establish basic security practices and policies for employees, such as requiring strong passwords and establish appropriate Internet use guidelines, that detail penalties for violating company cybersecurity policies. Establish rules of behavior describing how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.

  2. Protect information, computers, and networks from cyber attacks. Keep clean machines: having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Set antivirus software to run a scan after each update. Install other key software updates as soon as they are available.

United States Department of Commerce Plan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

Blogged By: 
DOC
Created on October 1, 2013
 

Annual funding for the government expired on September 30. The Administration strongly believed that a lapse in funding should not occur. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations. Prior to a potential lapse in funding, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required the Department to submit a draft plan for agency operations (PDF) in the absence of appropriations (a “shutdown plan”).

The plan may be modified with additional guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and OMB, and may be changed by the Department, as circumstances warrant. This plan (PDF) complies with the guidance provided by the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce. All employees who are Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed will remain on duty.

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