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House Small Business Committee Members Introduce Small Business Trade Legislation

Blogged By: 
Terry Richards

On May 7th, U.S. Reps. Sam Graves (MO-06) and Scott Tipton (CO-06) introduced separate bills aimed at federal export promotion efforts.

The Export Coordination Act (HR 5393), introduced by Rep. Graves, proposes to increase coordination between state and federal agencies to streamline the export process. Among other provisions, it directs the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) to clearly define the role of each member agency in the export process.  It also directs the TPCC to work with member agencies to provide a detailed listing of future trade missions and make the list public.

World Trade Month: Promoting Products Made in the U.S. Abroad

Blogged By: 
David A. Hinson, National Director

David Hinson, National Director

World Trade Month:  Promoting Products Made in the U.S. Abroad

May, designated as World Trade Month, is marked by events across the country to promote U.S. trade relationships and provide resources to U.S. businesses looking to export their goods and services around the world. This year it has particular significance – the Obama Administration and the Commerce Department have made increasing exports and revitalizing America’s manufacturing sector among their top priorities. It makes good business sense to link the two. Both manufacturing and exporting play a role in strengthening our economy, creating jobs and opening up opportunities for minority-owned businesses.  

In 2011, the United States hit an all-time record of $2.1 trillion in U.S. exports. More than half of that -- about $1.3 trillion – was manufactured goods. And manufacturing not only drives exports, it also spurs innovation. Last year, manufacturing was responsible for 70 percent of our private sector R&D and 90 percent of our patents, according to a newly released Commerce Department report.  The report also shows that manufacturing workers earn pay and benefits about 17 percent higher than other workers.

The Benefits of Manufacturing Jobs

Blogged By: 
MBDA

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The role of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. economy is more prominent than is suggested solely by its output or number of workers. It is a cornerstone of innovation in our economy: manufacturing firms fund most domestic corporate research and development (R&D), and the resulting innovations and productivity growth improve our standard of living. Manufacturing also drives U.S. exports and is crucial for a strong national defense.

The current economic recovery has witnessed a welcome return in manufacturing job growth. Since its January 2010 low to April 2012, manufacturing employment has expanded by 489,000 jobs or 4 percent1— the strongest cyclical rebound since the dual recessions in the early 1980s. From mid-2009 through the end of February 2012, the number of job openings surged by over 200 percent, to 253,000 openings. 2 Coupled with attrition in the coming years from Baby Boomer retirements, this bodes well for continued hiring opportunities in the manufacturing sector.3

Tips & Tools for Securing an SBA Loan

Blogged By: 
Joe McClure, SBA District Director

Signing Loan Joe McClure, District Director
Montana District Office
U.S. Small Business Administration

Your success is our goal – that’s why this month I’m focusing on dispelling the myths of business loans and giving you tips and tools so you are well prepared when applying for a business loan. The Small Business Administration is here to help and give you a leg up on getting a small business loan.

A common misconception is that SBA loans money directly to small businesses. We do not. We do, however, guaranty loans made through local approved lenders. The SBA guaranty reduces the risk to the financial institution and may provide the lender with more flexibility in credit decisions. Contact your lender directly to apply for an SBA loan or visit our website to find a local SBA lender.

We recommend approaching the financial institution you currently do business with first. They have first-hand knowledge about you, your character and your history. If your bank says no, don’t be discouraged; think of it as an opportunity to shop around! Some lenders do not make certain types of loans, so although you may not qualify for a loan at one institution, you may be approved at another.

Manufacturing Data & Trends

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nist.gov

Manufacturing is a dynamic and changing industry. Explore and analyze the current state of manufacturing and its potential future direction. To this end, several manufacturing indicators are listed below to paint a picture. These indicators were chosen to represent a current snapshot of different dimensions of the industry and its performance. The indicators are updated as new data becomes available. Links to the sources of these indicators are provided when available.

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