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Chamber Honors FedEx's Fred Smith

Mar 31, 2008

 FedEx Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO Fred Smith makes remarks after being presented with the Dennis Sheehan Award at the U.S. Chamber board meeting on March 4. The award, named for the late Chamber director, is given to a person or organization that exemplifies outstanding leadership and commitment to the Chamber and to the American business community.

Tax Facts You Should Know

Mar 31, 2008

Dr. Martin Regalia

With the second session of the 110th Congress in full swing and an economic stimulus bill recently passed, it seems that tax day has crept up on us once again. Whether you are waiting anxiously for your refund check or bemoaning the fact that you are writing a check, it's a good time to look at some tax facts and see who really pays what taxes.

Small Business Standouts Receive Recognition

Mar 31, 2008

Chamber Names Finalists for Small Business of the Year Award

The U.S. Chamber has selected seven regional finalists for its Small Business of the Year Award. One of them will receive the award during America's Small Business Summit 2008 in Washington, D.C., April 16-18. The regional finalists and the 55 Blue Ribbon award winners will also be honored at the summit.

In Your Backyard

Mar 31, 2008

Funds Awarded for Startups-
Gov. Mike Beebe (D) released $950,000 to fund economic research and startup companies. The bulk of the funding will go to fast-growing, high-paying, and technology- or knowledge-based startups.
Source: Arkansas News Bureau

Lights, Camera, Action!

Mar 31, 2008

Chamber Movie Shines Light on 'Dark Trade'

The U.S. Chamber rolled out the red carpet in Washington, D.C., on April 1 and in New York City on April 7 for the world premiere of its first movie-Illicit: The Dark Trade, created in partnership with National Geographic. This 60-minute movie examines the significant personal, economic, and social consequences of intellectual property (IP) theft.

Point of View: Should the U.S. Sign the Law of the Sea Treaty?

Mar 31, 2008

Sovereignty, Commerce, Energy at Stake

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)
Vice Chair, Cmte. on Commerce, Science, and Trans.

At a time when the United States seeks to strengthen economic and national security interests, it is unfathomable that we delay participation in the Law of the Sea Convention. President Bush, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the secretaries of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Commerce, and the Interior have asked the Senate to approve this treaty. Having worked on the convention since 1969, I support ratification.

Results Are In!

Mar 31, 2008

In February, we asked for your opinions in our Quick Poll. Here are your responses. Look for future surveys to tell us what you think.

1. How would you describe the current economic environment for your business?

Despite a sluggish economy, 53% of the respondents view the current economic environment somewhere between good and excellent. Still, that figure is down considerably from the same point last year (75%).

2. What are your hiring plans in the next six months?

Gearing Up for the Elections

Mar 31, 2008

Chamber Web Site Offers Tools for Businesses

U.S. Chamber staff will register voters across the country for the 2008 elections.

The U.S. Chamber has launched an unprecedented, multifaceted voter education campaign focused on business issues in the 2008 elections and the candidates' positions on them.

Family Leave Bill Advances

Feb 29, 2008

Unemployment Claims Jump Almost 38%

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits spiked 37.7% in February. Some 40,963 laid-off workers filed first-time claims, compared with 29,738 in February 2007. The rise in claims is the eighth consecutive increase since July 2007, DOL noted.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

SBA Initiative Aimed at Inner-City Small Businesses

Feb 29, 2008

The Small Business Administration has unveiled an initiative targeted at inner-city small businesses. SBA will work with local business resources in each city to help 200 high potential companies grow. Entrepreneurs from the companies will participate in an intensive curriculum that will include technical assistance and mentorship, with a focus on growth strategies and pursuing growth capital. Participants will also attend workshops and develop connections with banks and the private equity community.


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