An update on our work

It’s been a year since President Trump’s election, and I have been reflecting on what has changed and how we at Business Forward have adapted. I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on our work. First, business leader engagement is up. For eight years, our mission has been to “help local business leaders fix Washington by bringing Washington to them.” Naturally, we worried dysfunction here in Washington this past year would depress interest. We were wrong. By every measure,...

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown, Approves Funding

For next nine months, a repeat of last year’s 16-day government-wide shutdown will be avoided. Even if an agreement cannot be reached for Homeland Security by the February deadline, only the non-essential activities of DHS will be affected. Over the weekend, lawmakers avoided a government shutdown by passing a $1.1 billion Omnibus appropriations bill. Nicknamed the “CRomnibus,” the spending bill is unique in containing a continuing resolution (CR), which temporarily maintains current...

President Signs Executive Order to Cut Red Tape, Help Contractors that Obey the Law

Today, President Obama issued an executive order that will give businesses that play by the rules and maintain safe work environments a leg up on their competition. The order also creates a one-stop website to make it easier for businesses to meet their reporting requirements. It will protect workers and save taxpayer money. The President’s executive order requires companies with federal contracts of more than $500,000 to disclose any labor violations in the last three during the...

You Spoke, They Listened: Washington and Business Leaders Look Ahead

Hundreds of business leaders spoke up during the 16-day shutdown, sharing their stories and demanding Congressional action. Elected officials listened — but the current solution is temporary, and economists estimate the political gridlock cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars. As it stands, government funding will run dry again on January 15, 2014, and the debt ceiling will be reached by February 7, 2014. These business leaders are looking to the future. Read their stories and insist...

Local Leadership Council Members Meet with Obama to Discuss Shutdown

On Friday, five Business Forward Local Leadership Council members met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the impacts of the ongoing federal government shutdown on their businesses. The Local Leadership Council members were part of a small group of nine entrepreneurs from across the country invited to a briefing with the President, who updated them on the situation as we near a first-ever default in the nation’s credit. They shared stories with the President much like the ones...

Business Leader Richard Steele Responds to #EconomicShutdown

What do the Department of Homeland Security,The Department of State and the Department of Transport have in common? They’re all vital Federal Government Departments, they’re all Steel Media, Inc. clients, and they’re all shut down. We at Steel Media, Inc. provide digital advertising to these and other Federal Government departments and agencies (as well as Fortune 1,000 clients) – and they are all shut down. Important security campaigns for the Department of Homeland...

Your Stories are Piling In

Since the shutdown began, business owners from across the country have been sending in their stories, explaining how one small faction of Congress is harming the entire US economy. The #TeaPartyShutdown has the business community hurting — but business leaders are not staying quiet. Read what they’re saying, then share your own story. “The shutdown has put a halt to many of the closing transactions that are affected by the process of paperwork the government usually...

#EconomicShutdown Stories from the Business Community

For the last eight days, the #EconomicShutdown has been impacting America’s businesses. And business leaders from across the country aren’t staying quiet. This past week, members of the business community have been sending in their stories and voicing their opinions about the situation. Here’s what they’re saying: “While this present dysfunction is the fault of Congress, it is important to understand that it is the intended consequence of only a few who put...

We Asked and You Answered: How the #EconomicShutdown Affects Your Business

Earlier this week, we asked business leaders to share how the #EconomicShutdown was impacting their businesses — and they responded. Business leaders like Barbara R., described how the current shutdown has made it more difficult for her to attract partners and raise capital for not only her business, but also herself  — an aspiring small business owner.  “The government shutdown has made the current market more difficult for young business owners who are just...

Bloomberg Businessweek: “Republicans Are No Longer the Party of Business”

Business Forward Small Business Advisory Council member and CEO of Chattanooga’s Smart Furniture, T.J. Gentle, recently spoke with Bloomberg BusinessWeek about the economic shutdown. Here’s what he said.  “It’s as if House Republicans are playing suicide bomber with the U.S. economy. As a businessman, it defies all reason and logic.” On the Federal Housing Administration furloughing its’ employees: “That directly affects the...