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  • Submitted on 13 February 2013

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    Today U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank issued a statement announcing that U.S. goods and services exports reached an all-time record in 2012, totaling $2.2 trillion. Export records were seen across the board, including in: capital goods, automotive vehicles, parts, and engines; consumer goods; and travel and tourism. This announcement follows the release of the 2012 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (PDF) data by the Commerce Department’s Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis.

  • Submitted on 13 February 2013

    Last year was another record-setting year for U.S. exporters.

    Data released today shows that in 2012, American exports totaled $2.2 trillion, eclipsing the previous record of $2.1 trillion in exports in 2011.

    This represents more than just numbers on a spreadsheet; it’s further proof that “Made in the USA” products are in demand all over the world.  It also means that more U.S. businesses are seizing the great opportunities in the global markets, continuing to help pave our nation’s road to economic recovery. 

  • Submitted on 30 January 2013

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today launched a new web page and blog dedicated to educating small business owners about the Affordable Care Act. The new tools will serve as a gateway for small business owners connecting them with information provided by SBA’s federal partners responsible for implementing the law, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Submitted on 07 December 2012

    On Wednesday morning, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank addressed the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference, where she emphasized the Commerce Department’s dedication to encouraging job creation and economic growth throughout Indian Country.  The Acting Secretary highlighted the Commerce Department’s recent investment in five business centers to help American Indian and Alaska Native entrepreneurs and businesses. She also discussed the Department’s efforts to support workforce training, to bring more broadband access to rural reservations, and to help address the impact of climate change on tribal coastal communities.

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  • Submitted on 03 December 2012

    MINORITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT WEEK, 2012

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

  • Submitted on 23 November 2012

    November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.

    Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), released the following statement today encouraging people to support their communities by “shopping small” this holiday season:

    “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the fabric of our communities.  Over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., and today over half of all working Americans own or work for a small business.

  • Submitted on 23 November 2012

    Blank will advance initiatives to promote economic growth, trade and investment as a part of President Obama’s Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

    WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank will travel to South Africa and Kenya next week to advance key elements of the President’s “Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa,” that will promote economic growth, trade, and investment in the continent. As part of her trip, Acting Secretary Blank will officially launch the “Doing Business in Africa” campaign, an Administration initiative to help American businesses identify and seize opportunities that will further the United States’ commercial, trade, and investment relationship with Africa.

  • Submitted on 16 November 2012

    Trade Finance GuideThe U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration’s (ITA) released the third edition of its Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters today at the Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB)’s 23rd Annual Global Conference.

    “Since the publication of its first edition in 2007, the Trade Finance Guide has been an invaluable self-learning tool to America’s small and medium-sized businesses,” said Francisco Sánchez, Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade. “This tool helps American businesses of all sizes and in all sectors overcome one of their major export challenges: how to get paid, thereby turning their export opportunities into actual sales.”

    This concise, easy to understand and use tool was created specifically for U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Written in plain and easy-to-understand language, with each chapter only two pages long, the Trade Finance Guide has been widely distributed as a self-learning tool to exporters, as a counseling tool to financial institution professionals, and as an education tool for college professors teaching international business. The third edition includes a new chapter on consignment and government-backed agricultural export financing.

  • Submitted on 13 November 2012

    The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications for appointment of 25 members of the Manufacturing Council (Council) for a two-year term to begin in fall 2012. The purpose of the Council is to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector and to provide regular communication between Government and the manufacturing sector. The Manufacturing and Services division of the International Trade Administration oversees the administration of the Council and collaborates with Congress and other stakeholders to increase the global competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

  • Submitted on 24 October 2012

    Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today applauded the announcement that the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement will go into effect on October 31. The agreement will significantly increase the ability of American companies to export their products to one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies, while dramatically reducing the tariff rates across the range of U.S. industrial and agricultural goods.

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