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...

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...