U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue received the 2013 Horatio Alger Award during an April 5 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award, given by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, recognizes individuals who through remarkable achievements and community leadership have demonstrated initiative, commitment to excellence, and perseverance through adversity.
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New study by @USChamber shows Obamacare is now the biggest concern for small biz, bumping economic uncertainty from the top spot.—Sen. John Thune via Twitter
How can a business owner incentivize without giving up equity? This question has been asked by thousands, if not millions of business owners. We all have that key employee, the one that if we lost them, the business would falter, even possibly fail, without their influence and activity in our business. This makes us very vulnerable and sometimes a little desperate to show our love.
American entrepreneurship rates in 2012 reached their highest levels in more than a decade, according to researchers at Babson College and Baruch College.
The 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report found that early-stage entrepreneurial activity increased to nearly 13%, an all-time high since GEM first began tracking entrepreneurship rates in 1999.
In a competitive global economy, the United States has many clear advantages. We’ve got abundant energy resources, vast agricultural lands, vibrant capital markets, the world’s top labs and universities, a sophisticated and well-developed infrastructure system, and an entrepreneurial culture that drives innovation and advancement—and that’s just naming a few.
Let’s face it: tracking is the “ugly duckling” of business marketing. Tracking isn’t as sexy as traffic or conversion, so it’s rarely discussed and often overlooked. Sometimes you’ll only remember tracking AFTER you’ve launched a marketing campaign and at that point it’s too late.
Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us.
Trade supports jobs. It’s not just a slogan and the name of an info-packed website; it’s a fact. In the case of coal, a new study by accounting firm Ernst and Young found that exports support tens of thousands of jobs and contribute billions of dollars to the economy.
“It is true of the nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.”—Theodore Roosevelt
Like the extreme hot sauce company he started 20 years ago, Dave Hirschkop has evolved over the years.
Yesterday, the Chicago Public School (CPS) Board voted to close 49 underperforming and under enrolled elementary schools in the city. Reforming Chicago’s public education system has been a priority for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his critics (mainly teachers unions) were in full force after yesterday’s announcement.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the I-5 bridge to collapse about 60 miles north of Seattle in Skagit County.
While the cause of the collapse is not yet known, this unfortunate occurrence does provide a window into what happens to supply chains and passenger travel when a major corridor is closed, and a corridor with no redundancy--no good way to detour traffic.
In early June, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign for Free Enterprise launches “On the Road With Free Enterprise,” a two person, two-month cross-country road trip to promote the principles of free enterprise and the best of America.
“The road trip will tell the story of free enterprise where it lives—in communities across America—and explain what it means to our economy and our way of life,” says Tom Collamore, senior vice president of communications and strategy at the Chamber.
Billy Lawless is a former rower, the proud father of two sons and two daughters, and the owner of successful restaurants in Chicago employing 150 people. And next year he’ll finally become an American citizen.
Lawless, 62, came to the United States from Galway, Ireland, 15 years ago on an E-2 visa, which is a visa for businesspeople from certain countries seeking to invest and start a business in the United States. “I was in the hotel and restaurant business for years and wanted to see what you Yanks were like,” says Lawless.
Earlier this spring, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue recently sat down with Boeing President and CEO James McNerney during the Chamber’s 12th Annual Aviation Summit. The two business leaders discussed a wide range of topics, including the economy, infrastructure, trade, labor unions, and the future of manufacturing. Below is an edited excerpt of that conversation.
TOM DONOHUE: Tell me how you think the American economy and Boeing are doing?
A cloud of controversy has hung over the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ever since the President made controversial recess appointments to the board. Lower federal courts have slapped down these unconstitutional actions, but businesses have remained uncertain about the validity of the Board’s rulings. This cloud could evaporate if the Supreme Court takes up National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning.
A just-released report found that the U.S. economy loses more than $300 billion annually to intellectual property theft--an amount equal to the current annual value of U.S. exports to the entire Asian continent.
The 11-month study by The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property provides the first definitive measure of piracy’s impact on the U.S. economy and details the devastating effects of copyright theft and the imminent need to raise the bar on enforcement.
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