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SelectUSA Road Shows Coming Soon!

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Created on January 7, 2015

Join SelectUSA in Hong Kong at the Asian Financial Forum on January 19-20, 2015.

The U.S. Commercial Service team in Hong Kong has confirmed a booth at the 8th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) on January 19-20, 2015.

AFF brings together members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends across markets in Asia. Participating U.S. economic development organizations are invited to join the SelectUSA Booth, where they can meet with potential business partners and investors from around the world.

Contact Scott Shaw at or Gary Kwan at for more information.

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: 7 simple ways to prevent seasonal flu in the workplace

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Mandy Edens, OSHA Director
Created on January 6, 2015

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds all employers and workers of the importance of maintaining a healthy, influenza-free workplace this season and throughout the New Year.

Entrepreneurship Training Initiative Sparks Increased Small Business Growth and Job Creation

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Created on December 31, 2014

Emerging LeadersThe U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2015 Emerging Leaders executive-level training series in 48 cities and communities across the country. 

The initiative has trained more than 2,400 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and its impact continues to expand in helping small businesses to grow and create jobs throughout the country.  There are 22 new cities joining the initiative for the first time, including Birmingham, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Puerto Rico and Providence.

Webinar: Business Opportunities in Guatemala for U.S. Companies

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Created on December 31, 2014

Guatemala FlagGain a competitive advantage by identifying export opportunities and best prospects in Guatemala’s market.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for the “Export Opportunities in Guatemala for U.S. Companies Webinar" on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. This first chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Guatemala’s growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

Patent Pro Bono Program Expansion to Benefit Inventors Nationwide

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Michelle K. Lee, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Created on December 30, 2014

Patented StampHelping small businesses and independent inventors with limited resources is an important goal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and supports the Administration’s commitment to balance the playing field for all entrepreneurs looking to innovate. It also supports the White House executive actions issued to improve the patent system.

One of those executive actions aims to expand coverage of the Patent Pro Bono Program to all 50 states, and I am pleased to announce that we are making great strides towards bringing pro bono assistance to inventors across the country.

Because patents fuel our economy and stimulate job creation, the USPTO wants to make sure the patent system is accessible to all. With this in mind, the USPTO works with intellectual property law associations and local bar associations across the country to help them establish pro bono inventor assistance programs in their specific regions.

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