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  • Submitted on 17 December 2014

    Created on December 17, 2014
     

    Big DataThe landmark joint partnership between the Harvard Business School and the U.S. government, created to give businesses access to new tools to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy.

    How does it work? In short, the project uses over 50 million open data records to identify “clusters” of related industries that can be hubs of innovation, jobs, and private investment.

    How does it benefit businesses and communities? The cluster mapping tool helps "promote America's clusters and provide businesses and organizations with the data and strategies they need to capitalize on their region's assets," says U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

  • Submitted on 13 November 2014

    Created on November 13, 2014
     

    National Journal Next AmericaAccording to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, the United States will not have a clear racial or ethnic majority by 2043. America's deepening diversity has huge implications for the country's economy, and is creating challenges and opportunities for the nation's financial system as it works to increase minority access to the financial mainstream.

    San Francisco, California—a hub of technological innovation—is one of the many U.S. communities experiencing extraordinary population growth. However, experts say that the recession has hindered its residents' ability to accumulate wealth, and asserts that increased financial literacy, financial services innovation and improved access to credit and capital are fundamental to growing the region's economy.

  • Submitted on 04 November 2014

    Created on November 4, 2014
     

    Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference

  • Submitted on 29 October 2014

    Created on October 29, 2014
     

    MalwareOctober is not only National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it's also the time to celebrate Halloween, bringing to mind scary things that are merely figments of our imagination. In the digital world, however, there are many scary things that are not figments of our imagination, that we should in fact be worried about. The threats in cyber space are real. One of the most important concerns is malware, short for malicious software. The volume of malware continues to surge, with ransomware infections increasing, malware now targeting mobile devices, and new strands of malware attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in aging automated teller machines (ATMs).

    Playing on the Halloween theme of scary things, below are some examples of malware you should be aware of, and some tips for minimizing your risks.

  • Submitted on 22 October 2014

    Created on October 22, 2014
     

    Cyber SecuritySmall and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Nation’s economy. Aside from the wide range of services they offer, small and medium-sized businesses store significant amounts of sensitive data, from customer information to intellectual property. 

    While bigger businesses can often dedicate greater resources towards cybersecurity, small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with limited resources, capacity, and personnel.

    Entrepreneurs also face a unique cyber security threat as their data includes not only personnel data and financial spreadsheets, but valuable intellectual property that could be worth much more than even they realize. Entrepreneurs are recognizing this need and the fact that the cybersecurity field is a burgeoning marketplace. Entrepreneurs start and fail again (or start, succeed, sell and start again), so they should consider cyber security as a marketplace and focus their talents on creating new and affordable cyber solutions.

  • Submitted on 25 April 2014

    Created on April 25, 2014
     

    This post originally appeared on International Trade Administration Tradeology blog.

    Ken Mouradian is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s Orlando Export Assistance Center.

    You spent the time and money to build your business, including the development of products and services (patents, trade secrets and copyrights), business methods (trade secrets), brands (trademarks and service marks), and your presence on the Internet (trademarks and associated domain names, copyrights). Why wouldn’t you protect these Intellectual Property (IP) assets from unauthorized use?

    Stopfakes.gov is your portal to resources for protecting intellectual property.Many small businesses are at a disadvantage in not having the expertise or resources to prevent theft of their intellectual property in the global marketplace. So in recognition of World IP Day on April 26, here are some simple, practical measures that any exporter can take to protect their IP assets:

  • Submitted on 02 January 2014

    Created on January 2, 2014
     

    2014 Business ResolutionsLooking for New Year's resolutions for your business. No business, or business owner, is perfect, and there is always room for improvement. In case you missed it, here are 10 top articles on business resolutions to help you grow your business.

    10 small-business resolutions for the new year
    What could you do to make your small business better in 2014? Let these New Year's Resolutions from small-business owners and managers in the Shreveport, La., area inspire you to get started on a more prosperous 2014.

    11 New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
    Because after 2013, well, let's just say we all need more realistic targets this time around. What's the last New Year's resolution you actually kept? If you're better than us and have cut down on your spending, effectively managed stress, or lost ten pounds and actually used that gym membership, than you need not read any further. For the rest of us, we're going to try and make things a bit more manageable.

  • Submitted on 21 November 2013

    Created on November 21, 2013
     

    The 2013 Rainbow PUSH Coalition & Citizen Education Fund Public Policy Institute & Media and Telecommunications Symposium was held Nov. 15 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

    The annual event titled “The Future of Media: Policies, People and Players,” presented cutting edge information about racial diversity in the media landscape and how to think more broadly about media policy. It also covered recent strides in telecommunications and how to bridge the “digital divide.”

    “The information shared during this symposium is necessary for all Americans to know, as we seek to change the tide to a multi-cultural, multi-racial progressive agenda,” said Martin King, Chairman, Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “We want those attending to go back to their communities and spread a message of hope and responsibility.”

    Kimberly Marcus, Associate Director for the Office of Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), was one of the panelists in the “Tele-everything: Broadband and Remote Access to Energy, Health and the Economy,” session.

  • Submitted on 05 November 2013

    Created on November 5, 2013
     

    Learning on a keyboardSmall businesses can help keep their business information safe and protect their online information with a new free course from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    In support of President Obama proclaiming October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, SBA is launching this new course, designed for small businesses, to provide an overview on how to secure business information, identify security threats and guard against cyber-attacks. 

    Cybersecurity for Small Businesses is one of SBA’s newest online courses to help business owners safeguard their information from computer attacks and determine their readiness against security breaches.  The course, available at http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/cybersecurity-small-businesses, teaches best cybersecurity practices and protection against cyber threats for the nation’s small business community.

  • Submitted on 21 October 2013

    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.

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