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...

Here’s what business leaders are saying about the Supreme Court vacancy

Justice Scalia’s seat on the bench is draped in his memory as a small group gathers in the U.S. Supreme Court’s courtroom. Image by Phil Roeder via Flickr. One week ago, President Obama nominated Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet some U.S. senators have pledged not to fill the vacant seat until a new president is sworn in. A new CNN/ORC poll released today finds that two-thirds of Americans want the Senate to hold...

Full text of Obama’s last State of the Union

Tune in here at 9 p.m. ET to watch an enhanced version of the President’s State of the Union address. And join us tomorrow: What: Conference Call on State of the Union Featuring: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture When: Wednesday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT Sign up for the conference call with Sec. Vilsack >   President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the...

The economic benefits of clean energy for American businesses

On the webinar that Business Forward hosted on Thursday, November 12, Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Climate America Dan Lashof discussed the economic opportunities of clean energy and a report released this week by ICF International and NextGen Climate America, which found that accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy will decrease energy costs and create over a million jobs by 2030.    View the webinar slides below.  20151112 Conference Call on Economic...

Advice to grow your company

On the conference call Business Forward hosted on Thrusday, November 5, author and Founder and CEO of Little Pim Julia Pimsleur shared tips and tactics to access capital and grow your business. Pimsleur raised over $26M in for-profit and non-profit dollars and is the author of Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big. This conference call was part of both our author and women in business series. Listen to the conference call below.  

Recap: SBA conference call on InnovateHER Business Challenge

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently launched its second annual InnovateHER challenge to encourage businesses to develop innovative products and services that improve the lives of women and families. Last year, the challenge reached 1,000 entrepreneurs through 100 local competitions. This year, the entrepreneurs have the opportunity to compete for prize money totaling $70,000, provided by Microsoft. On the conference call Business Forward hosted on October 15, business leaders heard...

U.S. Chief Technology Officer participates in National Startup Day

As part of National Startup Day Across America, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith toured a startup company and a tech startup accelerator in Northern Virginia yesterday to discuss how entrepreneurial businesses create jobs in innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. “Startup companies are critical to creating more jobs in America,” said Smith. “The businesses I visited are examples of the amazing ingenuity and talent in our country, creating products and...

Business Foward’s Year in Review

This sure was a banner year.  I know it’s sometimes hard to see how individual business leaders can have impact on their own. But Business Forward has helped tens of thousands of business leaders fix Washington by briefing policymakers on some of America’s most important economic challenges. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about our accomplishments in 2014. At Business Forward, we’re excited to continue bringing business leaders to...

Can International Trade Help Decrease Economic Inequality?

With nearly 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, proponents of international trade agreements suggest that trade presents an opportunity for U.S. companies of all sizes to grow and expand. Critics worry that trade agreements will lead to increased economic inequality due to the lowering of domestic wages or jobs migrating overseas. So who’s right? A new report by Progressive Economy Executive Director Edward Gresser finds that trade agreements can help to...

Business Forward Member Companies Score High on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) releases its Corporate Equality Index, which measures corporate policies and practices for LGBT workers. The number of companies offering equal benefits to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees continues to expand at a rapid clip.  So how did companies fair and why does it matter? Many companies offer benefits to their employees to attract talent, create an environment that embraces diversity, and to fill in where...