Recap: Solutions 2020 briefing with Senator Cory Booker

Business Forward conducted its briefing with Senator Cory Booker on March 13th, 2019. This is our third briefing in the Solutions 2020 series. Senator Booker focused on the future of work, his accomplishments as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and promoting innovation and economic opportunity. Business leaders shared their comments, suggestions, and questions on issues ranging from federal contracts to infrastructure investment to environmental policy and the Green New Deal. Future of Work On the...

How Trade Benefits Small Businesses

Topline Small businesses contributed approximately two-thirds of new private sector job growth over the last 25 years. Many of America’s small firms have found that to continue growing, they will need to look outside the U.S.’s borders, where 95 percent of the world’s consumers and more than 75 percent of the world’s purchasing power reside. Download the 2-pager >   Trade and Small Business Performance Small businesses may particularly benefit from trade agreements because they...

“Big Business” for Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30th marked the third annual Small Business Saturday, a day for consumers to support local businesses at the start of the holiday shopping season. This year, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at local businesses on Small Business Saturday – a 3.6 percent increase from 2012 revenue. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are well-known days for retail, Small Business Saturday has struggled in past years to gather attention. With the help of social media, awareness of Small...

Atlanta Business Leader Briefs President at the White House

Marc Parham is Managing Partner of CAPBuilder Network Group and a member of Business Forward’s Local Leadership Council. On October 11th, he traveled from Atlanta to brief President Obama on the impacts of the government shutdown and threat of default on his business. He took some time to tell us about his White House meeting and the importance of continued cooperation between lawmakers on Capitol Hill for invest`ors, entrepreneurs and small business owners as we again approach the debt...

Local Leadership Council Members Meet with Obama to Discuss Shutdown

On Friday, five Business Forward Local Leadership Council members met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the impacts of the ongoing federal government shutdown on their businesses. The Local Leadership Council members were part of a small group of nine entrepreneurs from across the country invited to a briefing with the President, who updated them on the situation as we near a first-ever default in the nation’s credit. They shared stories with the President much like the ones...