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  • Submitted on 08 November 2016

    Small Business Owners Prepare for the Most Important Shopping Day of the Year

    Mark your calendar, now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday (November 26) is a day where every shopper can play a part to support their local economy and the small business owners who provide the majority of our economic growth.

  • Submitted on 01 November 2016

    American AgricultureThe face of America – and of American agriculture – is changing. The number of farms in the United States has grown 4 percent and the operators of those farms have become more diverse in the past five years, according to results of USDA’s most recent Census of Agriculture.  The 2007 Census counted nearly 30 percent more women as principal farm operators. The count of Hispanic operators grew by 10 percent, and the counts of American Indian, Asian and Black farm operators increased as well.  In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of minority-owned businesses grew more than 45 percent between 2002 and 2007.

  • Submitted on 22 September 2016

    Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?  If so, submit your nomination today for the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week awards.

    National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small business owners. That’s more than 50 years of celebrating small business owners who create two out of every three new jobs for Americans. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Calloway Golf, Chobani, Dogfish Head, Stoneyfield Farm, Pacifica and Tom’s of Maine. And in recognizing the changing face of America, the SBA’s National Small Business Week awards honor individuals and businesses that reflect our nation’s rich diversity.

    All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the nearest SBA office no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 10, 2017.  Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6, 2017.

  • Submitted on 03 May 2016

    Created on May 3, 2016
     

    On May 2, 2016, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) opened the application period for NACIE’s 2016-2018 term. Applications are due by 11:59pm Eastern Time on June 1, 2016. NACIE supports Federal innovation strategy by advising the Secretary of Commerce on policies and programs that foster entrepreneurship and by identifying new ways to take ideas from the lab to the marketplace to drive economic growth and create jobs.

    NACIE’s efforts have spanned areas from access to capital (which helped lead to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)) to innovation and entrepreneurship at universities (supported by 142 U.S. leading universities), from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs to the gig economy, and beyond.

  • Submitted on 29 April 2016

    Created on April 29 , 2016
     

    What creates two out of three net new American jobs; produces close to half of our nation’s goods and services (nonfarm private GDP); and can be found, coast to coast, in every small town, big city and rural enclave?

    The 28 million small businesses that propel our economy forward and define our national entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Submitted on 19 April 2016

    Created on April 19, 2016
     

    The Department of Commerce is excited to announce that we are actively seeking candidates to serve on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board).  The Board, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.  The Board provides recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce and agencies that are part of the Tourism Policy Council, including the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, and others to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for international inbound travel and tourism.

    During the upcoming 2016-2018 term of the Board, members will provide valuable recommendations on implementation of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, as well as to help shape the next National Travel and Tourism Strategy following the 2017 conclusion of the current program of work.

  • Submitted on 15 April 2016

    Created on April 15, 2016
     

    EDA plans to release the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and begin accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Programfunding on April 25, 2016; the application period will be open for 60 days.  In this 2016 round, a total of $15 million in Federal funding is available to create and expand cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition, respectively.

    EDA will host a series of webinars April 19-21, 2016, to encourage all potential applicants to think about their strategies for developing regional opportunities, partnerships, and approaches by sharing the RIS Program’s high-level objectives.  OIE staff will provide an overview of the Programand its objectives and RIS grantees will provide real-world highlights of their RIS projects, including the problems they set out to solve and the activities, outputs, and impacts that their RIS grants have supported.  Each webinar will end with a Q&A session that will be open to all participants but that will focus on specific categories of applicants or geographies as noted below.  EDA will host the webinars at the following times:

  • Submitted on 13 April 2016

    Earlier this month, the Department of Commerce established the United States Investment Advisory Council (IAC). This council will serve as a key conduit for stakeholder input on how best to support U.S. economic growth through the attraction and retention of foreign direct investment (FDI).

    This Council will consist of no more than 20 members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. Each IAC member will serve for a two-year period and the Council will convene twice a year. The mission of the IAC is simple but important for job creation in the United States. The IAC shall:

  • Submitted on 08 February 2016

    Created on February 8, 2016
     

    Last month, Americans across the nation celebrated the 30th official observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the dreams that Dr. King had for a more inclusive and equal nation, and his historic and noble effort to turn these dreams into reality. One important part of continuing Dr. King’s effort is guaranteeing access to fulfilling educational opportunities for young people, particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

    As technology continues to assume increasing prominence in our society, STEM skills are becoming more critical than ever. Currently, there are a half-million job openings in the United States in information-technology fields, with thousands more requiring training in STEM or computer science. Despite the importance and pervasiveness of STEM, there is a significant shortage of STEM opportunities for young people, especially young people of color.

  • Submitted on 09 December 2015

    Created on December 9, 2015
     

    SEEKING 2016 NOMINATIONS Are you SBA’s Next Winner?

    Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?

    If so, submit your nomination today for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://awards.sba.gov.

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