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The X Factor That Helps Cities Rebound

A community’s store of “social capital” can determine how well it rebounds from adversity.

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Tracking U.S. Trade Capacity Building

Why Do We Offer Trade Capacity Building? Trade and trade agreements can play an important role in supporting economic development, but developing countries often face supply-side constraints or lack trade-related infrastructure, limiting their ability to engage in international trade. They might also need assistance in participating in trade negotiations or implementing their obligations under trade […]

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It’s Engagement Season, a Shining Moment for Trade

Forty percent of American marriage proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Nothing is more synonymous with an engagement than a sparkling diamond ring. Happy couples have international trade to thank for their symbol of commitment: the United States imports 99 percent of its gemstones from other countries.

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Fall Favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte, Thanks Trade

If you're one of the millions of Americans headed to Starbucks for a seasonal pumpkin spice latte, the benefits of trade are right in your hand. Whether it's Starbucks or a boutique coffee shop, the coffee we drink is imported. Because while the United States excels at growing many crops, coffee beans aren't one of them.

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DIY Slime Stretches Global Sales of Glue

The trend to make your own slime is driving a surge in demand for gallons of school glue. It’s not just an American obsession, slime is having its day around the world. It’s a fun reminder that we can find trade stories in everything.

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Humanitarian Relief: The Most Urgent Among Reasons for Trade Facilitation

Every minute and hour count in the aftermath of life-threatening emergencies such as large scale natural disasters. Behind the scenes, private donors and relief organizations work to navigate customs requirements and procedures at the borders of countries struck by disaster. But customs bottlenecks are among the most common obstacles cited by the humanitarian community to delivering aid quickly.

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The Growing Ranks of American Solopreneurs

More than one-third of Americans work for themselves. There's no stereotype. Independent workers are spread almost evenly across generations, gender, and geographies from cities to suburbs to small towns and rural America. Will you join their growing ranks?

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Trade Illustrated

How is bread traded without a Bread Czar or a Minister for Flour? Inspired by the classic essay, I, Pencil, Professor Russ Roberts of Stanford University, offers an engaging and timeless story to explain the economic processes we benefit from daily without realizing.

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Adding Value to the Cambodian Economy Every 374.41 Seconds

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is usually measured in the millions, billions, and trillions. In this Cambodian shoe factory, the value to workers and their community can be measured every 374.41 seconds.

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Michele's Granola

This Tiny Program Helps Small Manufacturers Grow

The secret to the success of Michele's Granola is more than a great product. Also instrumental was a little-known, decades-old government initiative – the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program – aimed at helping small and medium-sized manufacturers grow.

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