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...

Global cyber attack on businesses – What you need to know

Global brands like Mondelez (MDLZ), the maker of Oreos and Nabisco, and US-based companies like pharmaceutical company Merck and law firm DLA Piper have reported a cyber attack on their IT systems. While many companies are now assessing the damage, ABC News reports that a Pennsylvania health network that is still unable to offer lab and diagnostic services at 14 community and neighborhood offices for a second straight day.  As the attack is spreading to businesses throughout Europe and the...

Small Business Contracting with the General Services Administration

The U.S. General Services Administration oversees $66 billion of procurement annually for the federal government, and 80 percent of all GSA contractors are small businesses. GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth discusses how GSA works with small businesses and startups. Listen to the Podcast Resources Making it Easier Initiative Office of Small Business Utilization FAQ Assistance for Small Business

Access to Capital for Startups and Small Businesses

Mark Walsh, Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Association, discusses resources to help small businesses and startup access the outside capital they need to grow. With over 30 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, Mark Walsh has taken turns as a Fortune 500 senior executive, angel investor, venture capitalist, and startup founder.  Resources SBIC A multi-billion dollar program founded in 1958, the SBIC Program is one of many financial...

These companies are helping small businesses adopt the latest tech

Small businesses create two out of three new jobs and generate almost 50 percent of the nation’s GDP. Yet with limited resources and staff, many don’t have access to the new technologies that larger firms can afford, making it harder to compete. For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration says that more than half of the nation’s 28 million small businesses do not have a website or a social media account. Only about half use digital tools to help with their business...

Recognizing Women In Business for Women’s History Month 2016

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Business Forward is once again highlighting women leaders in business across the country. “The correlation between women at the C-suite level and firm profitability is demonstrated repeatedly, and the magnitude of the estimated effects is not small,” a study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY recently published. The 31 women below are making an impact in their communities, their companies, and are an inspiration to...