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Aug102015

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Entrepreneurs are the driving force of our 21st century economy. They have the power to spur innovation, create jobs, stabilize communities, and inspire the next generation of inventors. At the Department of Commerce, it is our goal to create the economic conditions that allow start-ups and entrepreneurs to succeed.

Aug072015

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The U.S. Department of Commerce hosts a number of programs that support startups and entrepreneurs, and create the necessary conditions for innovation. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) supports innovation by issuing patents and trademarks that protect intellectual property, which incentivizes entrepreneurs to create the next generation of consumer products and business models.

Aug062015

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The Department of Commerce has established a new partnership between the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) to support minority business development through our nation’s investment in research and develo

Aug052015

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It isn’t every day you get the Secretary of Commerce, leaders from Fortune 500 companies, and 80 startups in a room, much less a room in a government building. But this past Monday the Commerce library was buzzing with energy as the Department hosted its first-ever Open for Innovation event.

Aug042015

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In a packed room of excited students and their proud mentors, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews addressed a group of high school students who successfully completed their Urban Alliance (UA) internships throughout Virginia. He spoke about his own introduction to the working world as a young man in Syracuse, N.Y., and the powerful lessons he learned from that experience.

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