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Energy Strong: In the Midst of Hurricane Harvey Here’s How Exxon Mobil Stepped Up

We partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute to highlight the many ways America’s energy industry responds when natural disasters strike. To learn more, visit GEI’s Energy Strong campaign. It’s been months since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated communities in the South. Tragically,  thousands of citizens are still picking up the pieces. And yet, among them were countless members of America’s energy industry who also worked alongside first responders and law enforcement officials to evacuate those in danger, limit the damage to affected communities, and begin the process of restoring critical energy sources. Among those that headed the call to action were the employees at Exxon Mobile. Exxon Mobil has been in Beaumont, Texas for more than 100 years so there is a long history of collaboration and partnership. The depth of that partnership was on full display in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. After being notified that […]

Energy Strong: In the Midst of Hurricane Harvey Here’s How Exxon Mobil Stepped Up

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‘Uber-izing’ Education? How one startup is making it happen.

It’s no secret, childcare in the U.S. is a well-known enigma for parents and teachers alike. It’s often crippling expensive and inconvenient for parents. And paradoxically, as a teacher, it can be notoriously hard to make a decent living. In fact, one out of every five American families spends more than a quarter of their income on childcare. And even then, it’s not typically a lucrative business for childcare providers, many of whom stop working simply because of the cost of childcare for their own kids is almost as much as what they make. When early childhood educators leave the workforce, other parents have even fewer options. And the unfortunate cycle worsens. That trend has deepened the lack of quality and affordable childcare in America. In some cities, parents are forced join waitlists before their children are even born in order to ensure they get a spot in a good […]

‘Uber-izing’ Education? How one startup is making it happen.

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Think you get the role Small Business plays in the U.S. Economy? Think Again.

Everyone has heard that small businesses are the heartbeat of America, but it can be hard to fully grasp what that means. Sure, these entrepreneurs are creating meaningful impact in their communities while finding innovative solutions to common problems. But look closer, and you’ll see their role in American lives and our way of living is far more vast than many know. And frankly irreplaceable. For a quick reminder, and a closer look at why the small business landscape is so critical to keeping the country running check out the informative infographic below:

Think you get the role Small Business plays in the U.S. Economy? Think Again.

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What Women in TECH Want to Be Asked. And the questions they are tired of answering.

Women fill nearly half of all jobs in the U.S, but only 24 percent of technology jobs are occupied by women. And only 20 percent of Fortune 500 CIO positions were held by women in 2016, according to recent research from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. But there is a generation of innovative women executives pushing for change, fighting for opportunity, and who aren’t taking no for an answer. March 9 was International Women’s Day and a perfect opportunity to reflect on the state of women in technology and what better place to find out what about women in tech care about them from the women themselves. So we asked them. Free Enterprise spoke to five women executives and business leaders in Technology fields to let us know what they wish people would stop asking them, and what they wish they would. Here’s what they said: ***(And if you are […]

What Women in TECH Want to Be Asked. And the questions they are tired of answering.

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“You Wouldn’t Believe Me If…” Ring’s Jamie Siminoff on Creating the Future with Doorbells. Yes, Doorbells.

“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you…” is a series highlighting the people creating the future, the cool, quirky and innovative products they are producing and what they see coming next. He was running out of money, and in tears after famously being turned down by ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013–rejected after he sunk more than $10,000 into building props for the pitch, and dropped everything to prepare for the show with his staff of eight. It wasn’t the first time Jamie Siminoff and his Smart doorbell had been rejected. But with millions of people watching, it was by far the biggest stage. But the passion for Ring was deeper and richer than anything else he’d worked on. His obsession was palpable. More than four years later the hard work paid off. Last Tuesday Amazon agreed to buy Ring. And the deal could cost Amazon over $1 billion, according to […]

“You Wouldn’t Believe Me If…” Ring’s Jamie Siminoff on Creating the Future with Doorbells. Yes, Doorbells.

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She was a Caregiver. Now She’s Taking on Nation’s Elder Care Dilemma

The elder care industry is huge, bringing in roughly $84 billion each year. But as Americans live longer, the need for home care grows. And older generations are confronting a growing problem: Who will take care of them when they can no longer care for themselves? It’s this question that Helen Adeosun is trying to answer. She comes from a long line of caregivers. When her family moved to the U.S. from Nigeria, many of them got their start as service workers, eventually working their way up to nurses and doctors. Adeosun herself worked in caregiving during her time at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard and saw the problem first hand. “We know that aging at home is better for older adults and their families, and it’s much more affordable than going into any sort of assisted living,” she said. “The problem is that in order to age […]

She was a Caregiver. Now She’s Taking on Nation’s Elder Care Dilemma

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We asked 6 Women STEM Entrepreneurs Their advice to Others following their path. Here’s What They Said.

Starting a business is hard work. Unfortunately for women in STEM fields, it can be even harder. Women founders received less than two percent of the $85 billion invested by venture capitalists last year, according to Fortune Magazine. And although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy and are starting businesses at twice the rate of men, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs nationwide. But there is a generation of innovative women entrepreneurs pushing for change, fighting for opportunity, and who aren’t taking no for an answer. February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In honor of that, Free Enterprise asked seven brave women entrepreneurs in the STEM fields to let us know one piece of advice they wish they had known when they got started.  Here’s what they said. (Join the conversation around #WomeninScience by attending the U.S. […]

We asked 6 Women STEM Entrepreneurs Their advice to Others following their path. Here’s What They Said.

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The Super Bowl Couldn’t Happen without Small Business. That’s Just the Way the NFL Likes it.

Welcome to #BizUnited, a new series highlighting innovative partnerships between large corporations and small businesses across America. Check back periodically for new installments. Putting on the Super Bowl isn’t all fun and games. Just ask the city of Minneapolis and the NFL, who have been planning for three years behind the scenes for the NFL’s annual spectacle. And with good reason. The Super Bowl, and the ten days of festivities proceeding it is expected to bring more than a million visitors to town. And with them come $340 million to the regional economy, according to Minnesota’s Host Committee. And although the game isn’t until this Sunday, the extravaganza is well underway. With concerts and parties to throw comes billboards, multiple performance stages, a zip-line across the Mississippi River, 10,000 colorful Super Bowl themes boxes backed and stacked with gift gear, tons of food, and a lot more. Don’t forget, there’s the setup […]

The Super Bowl Couldn’t Happen without Small Business. That’s Just the Way the NFL Likes it.

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Behind the Scenes With Platinum Hip-Hop Artist Styles P and His Juice Bar That’s Transforming the Bronx (VIDEO)

Legendary rap artist Styles P launched a chain of juice bars that is transforming underserved communities where healthy food options are often not available at affordable prices.

Behind the Scenes With Platinum Hip-Hop Artist Styles P and His Juice Bar That’s Transforming the Bronx (VIDEO)

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How a Toddler’s Toothpaste Binge Sent Two Sisters Down the Entrepreneur’s Path

These sister entrepreneurs are on a mission to fill the void in the natural personal care market for organic dental care products.

How a Toddler’s Toothpaste Binge Sent Two Sisters Down the Entrepreneur’s Path

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