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....

American CEOs say foreign tourism is experiencing the “Trump slump”

Tourism from other countries is a one of America’s largest exports, but business was down by 3 million annual visits last year. Travel industry executives call it the “Trump slump.” Foreign tourism is America’s $236 billion export, supporting 2.5 million U.S. jobs. Foreigners spend $100 billion more each year visiting the U.S. than they spend importing our crops, meats, and dairy. They spend nearly five times more visiting the U.S. than they spend buying our movies, software, video...
I have experienced firsthand how our antiquated immigration system stifles business.

Roche: As Washington Fights about Budgets, Immigration Opportunity for Common Ground

As Congress and the White House look for ways to pass a new budget and avoid yet another government shutdown, leaders in both parties are searching for common ground. They should start with providing permanent protection for Dreamers and finish by modernizing our antiquated immigration rules. Late last year, I was proud to join more than 800 CEOs from the tech, manufacturing, financial services, and other industries across the country in calling on President Trump to leave DACA in place. The...

Business Forward Survey: Access to Birth Control, Paid Leave, Child Care Support Critical for Women’s Career Advancement

Business Forward has built a network of more than 100,000 business leaders across the country. We’ve worked hard to make sure that network is over half women. But why was it hard? As the nation turns its eyes toward the real and problematic harassment women face in the workplace, employers across the country are trying to understand the challenges – workplace, systemic, legal – that make it harder for women than men to advance professionally. Sexual harassment is one serious problem, but...