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Tune In: A Conversation About Working Families' Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Mon, 2014-06-16 16:07

This Wednesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez will be joining a digital conversation about how working families' issues -- from paid leave to other policies that offer more flexibility in the workplace -- uniquely impact low-wage workers.
The conversation, which will be hosted and moderated by HuffPost Live, will include business leaders who have instituted these policies, workers whose lives they are helping, and business leaders who are advoacting on behalf of them. 

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Commerce in the Community: Watershed Capital Utilizes Impact Investing as an Innovative Approach to Sustainable Community Development

Mon, 2014-06-16 15:23

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Commerce in the Community
series highlighting the work of community leaders and organizations that are
strengthening the middle class and providing ladders of opportunity for all
Americans.

Below is an interview with Shawn Lesser and Michael Whelchel, Co-founders and Partners at Watershed Capital Group. Prior to starting Watershed, Shawn sold institutional equities to European banks and Michael co-managed two private equity funds in the U.S.

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President Obama Speaks on Climate Change at UC Irvine Commencement Ceremony

Mon, 2014-06-16 13:42

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On Saturday afternoon, President Obama addressed the University of California, Irvine's 2014 graduating class and challenged them to get involved in one of our planet's most pressing issues: the growing threat of a rapidly changing climate.
Speaking to more than 30,000 people in attendance at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, the President told the UC Irvine community that he was there for one simple reason: because they asked.

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International Statistical Update: Health- and Education-Related Travel Now Part of Travel Services

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:00

Cross-post, Bureau of Economic AnalysisYou may have noticed some data on international travel services look a little bit different. With the release of the monthly trade report on June 4, spending on health- and education-related travel are now counted in the travel services category.

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Weekly Address: The President Wishes America's Dads a Happy Father's Day

Sat, 2014-06-14 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Cabinet Room of the White House, June 13, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Data Driving Development: EDA Releases New Cluster Mapping Tool to Help Spur Regional Economic Growth

Fri, 2014-06-13 11:09

Guest blog post by Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Earlier this week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced
the launch of the U.S. Cluster
Mapping and Registry project, a national economic initiative based at
Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness and
supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  The U.S. Cluster Mapping and Registry project
aims to strengthen U.S. competitiveness by understanding the economic

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Engaging Indian Country to Help Create Conditions for Economic Opportunity on Trust Lands

Thu, 2014-06-12 16:05

Guest blog post by Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Traveling this week on my first official trip as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, I was honored to participate in the National Congress of the American Indians mid-year conference “Claiming our Rights and Strengthening our Governance” in Anchorage, Alaska. While there, I served on a panel with Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S.

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Hire, Maintain and Terminate Seasonal and Long-Term Employees with Care

Thu, 2014-06-12 11:41

With the summer season right around the corner, you may be considering hiring extra hands to help out in your business, perhaps some of the first employees you’ve taken on in your venture. Even if you’re a seasoned employer, it’s always advisable to take stock of how you’re doing as a manager and how you might be able to improve in ways that will benefit your business overall.

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Hire, Maintain and Terminate Seasonal and Long-Term Employees with Care

Thu, 2014-06-12 11:41

With the summer season right around the corner, you may be considering hiring extra hands to help out in your business, perhaps some of the first employees you’ve taken on in your venture. Even if you’re a seasoned employer, it’s always advisable to take stock of how you’re doing as a manager and how you might be able to improve in ways that will benefit your business overall.

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Hire, Maintain and Terminate Seasonal and Long-Term Employees with Care

Thu, 2014-06-12 11:41

With the summer season right around the corner, you may be considering hiring extra hands to help out in your business, perhaps some of the first employees you’ve taken on in your venture. Even if you’re a seasoned employer, it’s always advisable to take stock of how you’re doing as a manager and how you might be able to improve in ways that will benefit your business overall.

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