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Secretary Raimondo to Host the 2021 Investment Summit!

We are pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will host the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit happening June 7-11, 2021. Secretary Raimondo serves as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, recently sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris. As Secretary, Gina Raimondo's mission is centered around the development of good-paying jobs, empowerment of entrepreneurial innovation...

Commerce Secretary Raimondo Hosts Town Hall Meetings with Employees: Stresses Importance of Accessibility, Equality and Transparency

On March 3, Gina M. Raimondo was sworn in as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce by Vice President Kamala Harris. And, since then, she has hit the ground running by hosting a series of town hall meetings with Commerce Department employees in locations around the world throughout the month of March. In her role as Secretary of Commerce, Raimondo will lead ten key agencies focused on promoting jobs...

Twenty Five Years Later: Commerce Continues to Honor the Lives of Secretary Ron Brown and Eleven Commerce Employees

Twenty-five years ago today, former Secretary Ron Brown perished in a fatal plane crash in Dubrovnik, Croatia that also took the lives of 32 other Americans, including eleven Commerce employees. Brown was leading a delegation of business executives to the former Yugoslavia to explore business opportunities that might help rebuild the war-torn region and sought to make a meaningful difference in...

Commerce’s USPTO Concludes Successful Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

The Commerce Department’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) hosted the final installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) today and heard from a diverse panel of successful women innovators who shared their stories of entrepreneurship and the challenges they faced along the way. WES, an annual event launched in 2011, has proven to be one of the USPTO’s most popular...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ashley Zuelke, Program Manager, Denver Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Guest blog post by Ashley Zuelke, Program Manager, Denver Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration I serve as a Program Manager in the Denver Regional Office at the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). I joined EDA in August 2020 to support economic response to and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. My team and I work with applicants throughout our...

Spotlight on Commerce: Tanika Hawkins, Acting Director of Administration, Office of the Secretary

Guest blog post by Tanika Hawkins, Acting Director of Administration, Office of the Secretary I have served for 25 years at the U.S. Department of Commerce. I am the Acting Director of Administration with the Commerce Department’s Chief of Staff and oversee, coordinate, and perform all administrative functions and essential tasks for the Office of the Secretary. Each day, I directly support the...

Women-Owned Business Ownership in America on the Rise

The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Women-owned firms made up only 19.9% of all firms that employed people in the United States in 2018 but their numbers are growing. There were 6,861 more women-owned firms in 2018 than in 2017, up 0.6% to 1.1 million, according to the Census Bureau’s Annual Business Survey (ABS). Women-owned employer firms reported nearly $1.8 trillion in...