Robert Roche: “New Mexico is Open for Business”

The state of New Mexico is open for business! The country’s 47th state has always offered affordable land, a talented workforce, a competitive cost of living, reasonable tax rates, and rich renewable energy resources – that’s why I founded businesses here. However, the new Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, is investing in infrastructure, housing, and workforce development projects that pull these assets together and make New Mexico even more attractive for businesses like mine. Governor...

An Update on the “Trump Slump” in Tourism

In June of last year, we issued our first report on the “Trump Slump” in international tourism, outlining the economic cost of President Trump’s Muslim travel ban, anti-immigrant policies, visa rollbacks, and harmful rhetoric about Mexicans, Muslims, and “shithole countries.” Over the 16 months that followed, the Trump Slump appears to be getting worse. International tourism is America’s second-largest export, accounting for 10% of U.S. exports. Foreign tourists contributed $256...

Want to fix Illinois’s economy? Do more to support working women.

If you care about the economy, start with the math. Women are America’s largest potential driver of economic growth. By simply helping women match men’s labor force participation, we could grow our economy by $1 trillion. After decades of gains, women’s progress in the workplace has stalled. They remain overrepresented in low-paying jobs, underrepresented in high-paying jobs, overworked at home, and undermined at the office. The cost to women and their families is enormous. Nationally,...

The Questions Small Business Owners Ask Presidential Candidates

Click here to read our Solutions 2020 progress report. Seven of the women and men running for president recently sat for briefings with Business Forward. Another four candidates are scheduled. Each briefing starts with remarks from the candidate, but the bulk of time is spent on Q&A. To date, our business leaders have asked hundreds of questions. Together, these questions provide a survey of what matters most to small business owners. We ranked the questions by topic. Problem Solving One...

Recap: Solutions 2020 briefing with Congressman Seth Moulton

Business Forward conducted a Solutions 2020 briefing with Congressman Seth Moulton on Friday, June 14, 2019. This is our seventh briefing in the Solutions 2020 series. Congressman Seth Moulton focused on the future of trade, and the importance of higher education and building infrastructure. Business leaders shared their comments, suggestions, and questions on issues ranging from health care, climate change, and immigration. In addition, Moulton emphasized the need for effective leadership and...

Any questions on the gender gap? For this week’s debate, I certainly hope so.

To the journalists moderating this week’s Democratic debate, I have a recommendation: Make your first question about closing the gender gap. Make your last question about closing the gender gap. And ask a lot of questions in between about closing the gender gap. If you care about the economy, it helps to start with the math. Women are America’s largest potential driver of economic growth. By simply helping women match men’s labor force participation, we could grow our economy by $1...

Recap: Solutions 2020 briefing with Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Business Forward conducted a Solutions 2020 briefing with Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana on Monday, May 20, 2019. This is our sixth briefing in the Solutions 2020 series. Mayor Buttigieg focused on security, the future of trade and climate change, the importance of income tax, and technology. Business leaders shared their comments, suggestions, and questions on issues ranging from trade, income tax, and technology regulation in health care. Freedom and Security Mayor Buttigieg...

Recap: Solutions 2020 briefing with Tom Steyer

On March 21, 2019, Business Forward members briefed noted investor, philanthropist, and activist, Tom Steyer. This is our fourth briefing in the Solutions 2020 series. Tom Steyer focused on the necessity of the rule of law; how America should deal with international trade; and the need for green energy innovation. Business leaders shared their comments, suggestions, and questions with Mr. Steyer, discussing topics which varied from farming to technological innovation. Rule of Law Steyer...

Recap: Solutions 2020 Briefing with Senator Kamala Harris

Business Forward conducted its briefing with Senator Kamala Harris on February 27, 2019. This is our second briefing in the Solutions 2020 series. Senator Harris focused on promoting a robust economy that works for everyone starting with a middle class tax cut for every family earning less than $100,000 per year; equal pay by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act; and affordable child care. Business leaders addressed their comments, suggestions, and questions on issues ranging from small business...

Recap: Solutions 2020 Briefing with Congressman John Delaney

Business Forward launched Solutions 2020: Real World Recommendations for the New Congress and Next President by briefing with Congressman John Delaney, the first Democratic candidate to announce his campaign for president. Congressman Delaney, a business entrepreneur who started two highly successful businesses before running for Congress, focused on the over-concentration of economic opportunity in the U.S. He pointed out that last year 80% of venture capital funding was invested in 50...