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The American Dream Needs a Fair Minimum Wage

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:05

My life is a tribute to the American Dream. My business partner and I started with 300 record albums and a $20 booth at the local farmers market in 1979. Today, Vintage Vinyl is the largest independent music store in the Midwest. We stage 150 in-store concerts a year and are known internationally for recorded music in all forms.
We built our business on wages above the minimum. This has given us devoted long-term employees whose ongoing relationships with customers have been vital to our success.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Efrain Gonzalez, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, BusinessUSA

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:37

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce
and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

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Driving Development of Clean Energy

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:24

Since the President took office, we have made unprecedented progress transforming America into a clean energy economy built to last. The amount of electricity we get from the wind has tripled, and solar electricity production has increased by tenfold.

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Vice President Biden at the Reopening of Joplin High School: “We Never Stop. And We Always Rebuild.”

Mon, 2014-10-06 11:17

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Joplin High School dedication ceremony in Joplin, Missouri, October 3, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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President’s Export Council Espouses Commercial Diplomacy

Mon, 2014-10-06 10:45

Guest blog post by Robert Wolf, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 32 Advisors.As a member of the President’s Export Council (PEC), I had the good fortune of going to Poland and Turkey with a group led by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker along with CEOs from Archer Daniels Midland, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, UPS, Vermeer and Xerox as well as representatives from other member firms.  The PEC, comprised of companies with an aggregate market capital of over $850 billion, chose Poland and Turkey for our inaugural trip with the Secretary as we view these countries, first and foremost, as

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How to Become a Supplier to Larger Manufacturers

Mon, 2014-10-06 00:00

Across the country, manufacturing and production is returning to the U.S. And it’s a trend that’s likely to continue thanks to lower energy costs, higher U.S. worker productivity, increasing labor...

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President Obama Speaks at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication

Sun, 2014-10-05 16:47

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This afternoon, President Obama spoke at the dedication for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, honoring heroes who have sacrificed on behalf of our nation.
In his remarks, the President made clear that we must provide proper care for our veterans, noting: "When our wounded veterans set out on that long road of recovery, we need to move heaven and earth to make sure they get every single benefit, every single bit of care that they have earned, that they deserve."

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Weekly Address: We Do Better When the Middle Class Does Better

Sat, 2014-10-04 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address at Millennium Steel Service, LLC in Princeton, Ind., Oct. 3, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Weekly Wrap Up: September 29 - October 3

Fri, 2014-10-03 20:25

This week, President Obama talked about a new foundation for a 21st century economy and welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House; Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced the fourth round of TAACCCT grants (keep reading to find out what that stands for); and the economy saw its 55th straight month of private-sector job gains.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.


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Senior Officials Hold a Briefing on the U.S. Government Response to Ebola

Fri, 2014-10-03 19:39

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This afternoon at the White House, senior administration officials held a briefing on the U.S. government response to the Ebola epidemic.
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