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Missouri Siblings Named 2015 Small Business Persons of the Year

May 08, 2015

“Our small businesses represent what is best about our nation – the idea that with determination and responsibility, anyone can build a better life for themselves and their loved ones.” ...

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President Obama Honors the Air Force Academy Fighting Falcons with the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy

May 07, 2015

This afternoon, President Obama hosted the Air Force Fighting Falcons football team at the White House in honor of their winning the annual Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
In the East Room, President Obama congratulated the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Mark Welsh; the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy, Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson; Coach Troy Calhoun; and the Fighting Falcons of the Air Force Academy on a great football season. The Falcons went 10-3 this past year, including a bowl victory.
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Trading on the Oregon Trail: What Small Businesses Are Saying About the TPP

May 07, 2015

President Obama is traveling to northern Oregon tomorrow to visit the headquarters of Nike and discuss the ways that both large and small American businesses can benefit from increased access to trade. The President’s trade deal — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — would open up new markets, support high-quality jobs, protect the environment, raise human rights and labor standards around the world, and level the playing field for American workers.

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"This Is My Heart Because You Haven't Visited South Dakota"

May 07, 2015

Rebecca is 11 years old and her heart is broken.
A young resident of Vermillion, South Dakota, Rebecca has been waiting and waiting for President Obama to visit her home state for the last six years. So, in April, she took matters into her own hands and wrote the President a letter laying out her best arguments for him to come: "We are the warmest of the Dakotas ... and when I just go to the park, I sometimes see coyotes, hawks, and bald eagles." 

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Behind the Lens: Photographing the President in 50 States

May 07, 2015

This week, the President will visit South Dakota, marking the 50th state he has visited during his administration (as such, it's also my 50th state with him). To mark the occasion, I chose one photograph from each state that we’ve visited. This was not as easy as I thought it would be. With help from photo editor Phaedra Singelis, I tried to depict a variety of situations. Some are more lighthearted, some are sad, and some are poignant. Some are with the Vice President, some are with the First Lady and a couple are with the entire family.

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SBA’s InnovateHER: Going Beyond the Breast Pump

May 07, 2015

Last fall the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hack-a-thon” focused on innovating a device that impacts the lives of so many women who manage the needs...

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Streamline Your Small Business’s Sales Strategy

May 07, 2015

Developing strong sales and customer loyalty can be a difficult, time-consuming endeavor. Without an effective strategy, even a promising company can fail. The task need not be overwhelming though...

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From Community College to the White House: Meet These Three Staffers

May 06, 2015

President Obama is traveling to Watertown, South Dakota on Friday to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute — one of the nation's top community colleges. While congratulating the graduating class, the President will also discuss his plan to make community college free for students who keep their grades up.

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Email from DJ Patil: "How I Became Chief Data Scientist"

May 06, 2015

This afternoon, U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil sent the following message to the White House email list, explaining how community college helped him get to where he is today, and why he thinks more Americans should have access to community college.
If you agree with DJ, tell us where community college brought you — or why it should be available to more Americans — using this form or the hashtag #CommunityCollege.

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Meet the Teacher Who Wrote the President — and Then Found Herself Shaking His Hand:

May 06, 2015

Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from across the country. Our job in the Office of Presidential Correspondence is to sort and read each message and make sure that President Obama hears directly from Americans about what matters to them.

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