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700 Business Leaders Attend Urban Economic Conference in Detroit

Close to 700 business leaders gathered at The Detroit Marriott on Thursday, November 7 for the second annual Urban Economic Conference hosted by Business Forward and the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce. The day-long conference offered business leaders the opportunity to attend panels featuring many officials from the Obama Administration. Following welcoming remarks, business leaders attended a panel to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it is impacting businesses...

Gene Sperling on federal spending

In case you missed last month’s budget discussion with Gene Sperling, here’s the C-SPAN video of the event. Sperling, the Director of the National Economic Council and top White House economic advisor, spoke with business leaders about upcoming budget negotiations with Congress, and illustrated what a path to better economic growth would look like. You can watch the full event here. Don’t miss out on discussions like these in the future -- sign up for email updates to receive more...

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy came ashore in 2012, New Jersey-based utility PSEG worked tirelessly to repair damaged infrastructure and restore power to customers in the Tri-State area. One year later, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Public Service Enterprise Group CEO Ralph Izzo joined Business Forward for a national conference call on how public and private partnership can better prepare our communities for extreme weather events as the effects of climate change...

SelectUSA Energy Investments Reception

An international group of investors, entrepreneurs and business owners from the United States and abroad converged at last week’s SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC to learn more about investment opportunities and resources available for businesses in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration hosted the Summit to help foster connections with foreign and domestic investors, senior Administration officials, and state and local officials from...

U.S. Secretary of Energy on Climate Change

U.S Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz asked business leaders to help address the issue of climate change on a conference call hosted on September 25. The call, which coincided with the release of the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change’s fifth report emphasizing the importance of addressing carbon emissions immediately, surrounded President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and its importance within the business community. Secretary Moniz discussed the three pillars of President...

SBA on Small Businesses Navigating the Federal Procurement Process

On September 24, business leaders from across the country joined John Shoraka of the Small Business Administration and Jiyoung Park of the General Services Administration on a conference call to learn about navigating the federal procurement process and finding government contracting opportunities for small businesses. Every year the federal government spends $500 billion on goods and services. This year, the SBA plans to get 23% of those dollars into the hands of small businesses, including...

The Digital Economy and Climate Change

On September 26, 2013, eBay Inc. will open its newest and largest data center to date. Located in Salt Lake City, UT, the facility will be critical in achieving eBay’s target of enabling $300 billion in commerce volume by 2015. The data center houses some of the world’s newest data center technology from partners like Dell and HP. And as the first facility of its kind in the world to use Bloom Energy Servers™ as on-site, primary power, it tangibly advances eBay’s vision for a more...

Champlain College Hosts Business Leader Roundtable on Cybersecurity and Immigration Reform

BURLINGTON, VT— Businesses and government struggle to keep pace with cyber-network intrusions that come from all over the world. At a Business Forward roundtable discussion in Burlington on Thursday, Douglas Smith, Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector at the Department of Homeland Security, heard from local academic and business leaders about plans for educating students and employees about the perils of network breaches. “There are two kinds of businesses,” Smith said. ...

Labor Dept. Chief Economist on the August Jobs Report

The U.S. Department of Labor's Chief Economist, Dr. Jennifer Hunt, jumped online with business leaders from across America this week for a webinar to discuss the August jobs numbers report. Dr. Hunt gives a very similar presentation to the Secretary of Labor when jobs numbers come out each month, but there was one key difference with this webinar—business leaders had the opportunity to ask questions, offer feedback, and give their own unique insights. The briefing highlighted the...

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