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Do you have what it takes to start a business?

Startup Camp Rijeka helped 26-year-old Ivan Jelusic of Croatia to start a business that sells its products in 15 countries.
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Japanese toilet maker taps U.S. engineers’ skills

A decision to manufacture its toilets in the U.S. and a reputation for being environmentally friendly are key to Japanese company TOTO's success.
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A Japanese sporting-goods firm scores in Texas

Japanese sports retailer QB Club Inc. has taken advantage of SelectUSA, a Commerce Department initiative, which encourages enterprises to invest in the U.S.
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Thomas Edison protected his bright ideas — all 1,093 of them

Patents protect the ideas and work of inventors and are part of a broad category of legal protection known as intellectual property rights.
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The price of that music is higher than you think

Everyone likes a bargain. But buying pirated or counterfeit goods robs artists of earnings from their creative work and can support organized crime.
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Q&A on the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Find out more about the exciting YLAI program to help young leaders in the Western Hemisphere build brighter futures for themselves and their communities.
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April 4: GIST TechConnect – Building and supporting your startup community...

On April 4, join a webchat with experts on best practices for building a community that supports entrepreneurs, ventures and the startup community.
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Once an outsider to wine culture, she’s now a famous vintner

Ntsiki Biyela didn't plan to become South Africa's first black female winemaker. She had never even tried wine. Now she's one of her country's best.
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Helping girls grow up to be engineers [video]

GoldieBlox — toys that combine construction projects and stories of a girl engineer named Goldie — foster spatial skills, and perhaps future engineers.