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It’s Almost Certain that the Social Security Trust Fund Will Run Out of Money by 2037

Dec 19, 2013

Unless it’s reformed, we’ll see a Social Security crisis worsen from dire to catastrophic within the next 25 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) summarized CBO’s latest Social Security analysis

American Innovation Springs from the Technology and Transportation Nexus

Dec 19, 2013

This post originally appeared on 1776 News.

Advancements in technology and transportation have gone hand in hand for generations. This union has been essential to the United States becoming an economic powerhouse. If we hope to extend that reputation, we must continue to embrace technological innovations that help us move safely from one place to another, facilitate the free flow of commerce and keep America globally competitive.

Cost-Cutting, Competition-Enhancing, Anti-Corruption Trade Pact

Dec 18, 2013

Earlier this month, trade ministers for the 159 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) gathered in Bali, Indonesia, where they unanimously endorsed the first multilateral trade agreement in nearly two decades. Dubbed the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), it will streamline the passage of goods across borders by cutting red tape and bureaucracy and establishing common approaches to the clearance of goods through customs.

The 'Dirty' Little Secret that Hampers Businesses

Dec 18, 2013

The business owners and employees featured on the popular Discovery Channel Show "Dirty Jobs" would appear to have a lot to complain about - they perform difficult, strange, disgusting, or messy occupational duties every day. But Mike Rowe, the host of the show, told Reason.tv that after the cameras have been turned off, these businesses open up to him about what really bothers them. Watch the video clip above to find out.

These 2 Organizations are Helping to Shrink the Skills Gap

Dec 18, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, there are 4 million job openings across the country even while 11 million Americans remain unemployed. A significant reason for this is that too many Americans do not have the skills necessary for success in today’s workplace. This “skills gap” is something that employers small and large say is a real problem for their business and its potential for growth.

Merck: Eliminating River Blindness in Under-Resourced Regions of the World

Dec 17, 2013

This is one in a series of profiles of corporate social programs that earned 2013 Citizens Awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. Merck earned the Best Health and Wellness Program Award.

Merck has virtually eliminated river blindness and is on the move against other diseases in Africa and South America where limited resources have prevented such successes in the past.

7 Tips for Pitching Investors

Dec 16, 2013

On a recent chilly Tuesday evening in the basement of Hill Country Chicken in Manhattan, New York, a couple dozen entrepreneurs are seated at red-checkered tables, munching on chicken legs and sipping beers while testing the pitches that they will make to a panel of judges the following evening. This was Challenge Cup, an international 16-city contest run by Washington, D.C., incubator 1776 to identify the most promising startups in the areas of health, energy, education, and smart cities.

Low Import Duty Trigger Puts U.S. at a Disadvantage

Dec 16, 2013

I recently ordered a suit from Marks & Spencer in London.  The item was delivered promptly, as advertised, and, at just over $200, provided good value for what I paid.  But what I did not expect was the duty and customs bill that followed just a week later for $35.  While modest in absolute terms, this customs bill added more than 15% to the cost of what I purchased. 

Hilton Worldwide Works to Preserve the Environment Through Better Waste Management

Dec 16, 2013
from BCLC

This is one in a series of profiles of corporate social programs that earned 2013 Citizens Awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. Hilton Worldwide earned the Best Environmental Stewardship Award.

The World Bank estimates that global urban populations create 1.3 billion tons of solid waste per year, and more than half of that ends up in landfills.

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