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...

Is Manufacturing Coming Back to the United States?

On Monday, the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), chaired by Rafeal Reif, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Andrew Leveris, CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, a Business Forward member company, released by a report on how to boost advanced manufacturing in America. Informed by these findings, the White House announced a number of executive actions in cooperation with the private sector targeted at fostering innovation, improving the skills of our...

Businesses Across the Country Prepared for “The Big One” with “The Great ShakeOut”

If you stepped into a Target or Walmart on the West Coast the morning of Thursday, October 16, you might have experienced something out of the ordinary. The two retailers (and Business Forward member companies) participated in The Great ShakeOut, an earthquake simulation that took place at 950,000 businesses nationwide (plus millions more schools and other other organizations worldwide) at 10:16 a.m. local time. The event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United...

94 Years After Getting the Right to Vote, Women Lead 24 of America’s Largest Companies

 Marillyn Hewson, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin Today is Women’s Equality Day, marking the 94th anniversary of certification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which gave women the right to vote. Now women serve as leaders in government and business. Twenty-four of America’s largest publically-traded companies are led by women, and that number continues to grow. Catalyst, a non-profit working to expand opportunities for women in business, has a complete list of women-led...

Job Openings Hit 13-Year-High

U.S. employers advertised a 13-year-high of 4.67 million jobs in June, the highest number the country has seen since February 2001, according to a Department of Labor report released last week. June’s job openings marked a 3.3 percent increase in the rate of job openings, the highest since June 2007. Areas that saw increases in openings include factories, retailers, and professional and business services. The report follows other positive signs of economic growth. Earlier this month, the...

President signs bipartisan bill to strengthen workforce development

On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law legislation that revamps federal training programs to help workers develop the skills they need to compete in the global economy. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, which will eliminate duplicate programs and address the “skills gap,” received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House, with a 415-6 vote, and the Senate, with a 95-3 vote. While the U.S. faces a 6.1 percent unemployment rate, 4.6 million job openings are not...

May Jobs Report: Employment Now Above Pre-Recession Levels

  Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 217,000 jobs in May. Unemployment remained unchanged from April at 6.3 percent. On Monday, Business Forward will host a free interactive webinar on the implications of this jobs report with Dr. Jennifer Hunt, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Sign up for our free webinar on the jobs report >   Here are some highlights from the employment...

Equal Pay and Your Bottom Line

President Obama declared today, April 8, “Equal Pay Day” (read his proclamation here). It’s the symbolic day when women’s pay catches up to men’s earnings from the previous year, after taking into consideration experience, time worked, education, and other factors. That’s because, on average, women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes for the same job. Research shows that the pay disparity has wide-ranging impacts on families, on businesses,...