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...

Disaster Preparedness Resources for Your Business

With another cold winter ahead and increasingly frequent episodes of extreme weather likely, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working to help businesses develop their own specific disaster strategies. During a webinar hosted by Business Forward Monday, Jeanie Moore, FEMA’s Director of the Private Sector Division, outlined what business leaders can do to plan for natural disasters.  She spoke, in part, about the White House Disaster Preparedness Day, an event to find...

Saluting our Veterans in the Workforce

The U.S. economy added more than 214,000 jobs in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The job figures for August and September were also revised up by a combined 31,000 jobs, making October the ninth straight month with job gains over 200,000. The Department of Labor’s Chief Economist, Dr. Heidi Shierholz explained what business leaders could take away from the new jobs report in a webinar hosted by Business Forward on Wednesday, November 12. As November 12 was...