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...

Business Leaders Call for an Independent Judiciary

Business Forward today released a new report, Business Leaders on an Independent Judiciary. It features business leaders across the country calling for an independent judiciary in response to attack by President Trump and some in Congress. Business leaders can abide politicians questioning a judge’s reasoning, but they draw the line at questioning that judge’s authority or disregarding court orders altogether. Strong courts, reliable contracts, and the rule of law are critical to...

Business Forward Calls on Acting Attorney General to Respect the Rule of Law

Business Leaders Call for an Independent Judiciary Business Forward today released a new report, Business Leaders on an Independent Judiciary, which features business leaders across the country responding to attacks on the judiciary by President Trump and some in Congress. “Business leaders can abide politicians questioning a judge’s reasoning, but they draw the line at questioning that judge’s authority or disregarding court orders altogether,” said Jim Doyle, President of Business...

GDP and the Housing Market: Perspectives from Paul Bishop of the National Association of Realtors

On July 27th the U.S. Commerce Department released new gross domestic product (GDP) estimates for 2018 Q2. The U.S. GDP grew by 4.1%, up from 2.2% in the first quarter, which was in line with expectations. Business Forward hosted a webinar with Paul Bishop, Vice President of the National Association of Realtors, to discuss these numbers and their impact on the housing market. Contributions to growth came particularly from a 4% increase in consumer spending, along with personal consumption...

Business Leaders Tell Washington Intolerance is Bad for Business

More than 5,000 business leaders tell Washington to end religious discrimination With a Supreme Court decision on the “Muslim Ban” expected in this month, business leaders from across the country want Washington to know that intolerance is bad for business. In a joint statement organized by Business Forward, 5,000 business leaders said: “Intolerance isn’t just wrong — it’s bad for business. Yet Washington continues to push rhetoric and policies that target immigrants and Muslims....