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A New Strategy to “Drive” Small Business Growth

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:17

Three years ago, entrepreneur Maurice Brewster made one of the best business decisions of his life: He signed his limousine company, Mosaic Transportation, up for IBM’s Supplier Connection – a collaboration between small businesses and the supply chains of Fortune 500 corporations
It was a wise decision because small firms that enter the supply chains of major corporations grow their revenue by an average of 250 percent and their workforce by an average of 150 percent.

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A Promising Glimpse at Washington’s Next Generation

Fri, 2014-07-11 11:42

Valerie Jarrett meets with Urban Alliance students and alumni at their Washington, D.C. branch. From left to right: Brittney Mayo, Assima Raissa, David McIntosh-Peters, Akira Muse, Andre Williams.

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Celebrating 5 Million @WhiteHouse Twitter Followers

Fri, 2014-07-11 10:25

Big news: the White House Twitter account just reached 5 million followers! If you're one of them, thanks for following along.

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The President Discusses the Humanitarian Situation at the Southwest Border

Thu, 2014-07-10 17:27

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After meeting with local officials, faith leaders, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama delivered a statement yesterday evening on the humanitarian situation at the border.
He first described two of the crucial components of this ongoing crisis. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and children with adults, is occurring in one concentrated sector at the border -- the Rio Grande Valley. Second, many of these children and their parents are not looking to evade law enforcement; rather, they are being apprehended in large numbers.

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Competitors Team Up to Power Down in This Year’s Energy Star Battle of the Buildings

Thu, 2014-07-10 16:47

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the EPA Connect blog. See the original post here.
What if the key to driving down energy use in commercial buildings came down to one simple idea: Teamwork. We see the power of teamwork all around us. In sports, individuals come together to push each other, help each other, and find out how to work together for the maximum benefit. At work, we achieve more by working together than we could ever achieve alone. So why not take this concept into the realm of commercial building energy use?

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Competitors Team Up to Power Down in This Year’s Energy Star Battle of the Buildings

Thu, 2014-07-10 16:47

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the EPA Connect blog. See the original post here.
What if the key to driving down energy use in commercial buildings came down to one simple idea: Teamwork. We see the power of teamwork all around us. In sports, individuals come together to push each other, help each other, and find out how to work together for the maximum benefit. At work, we achieve more by working together than we could ever achieve alone. So why not take this concept into the realm of commercial building energy use?

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The President's Been Busy This Year

Thu, 2014-07-10 14:55

"Let's make this a year of action."
That's what President Obama said in this year's State of the Union address — and he's been doing his part. Since January, the President has taken more than 40 executive actions to help families across the country succeed.
The President has helped to make student loan payments more affordable, support equal pay and workplace flexibility, cut carbon pollution, and raise the minimum wage for all workers on new federal contracts. And those are just a handful of the actions he's taken.

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How to Encourage Customer Loyalty in Your Small Business and Why It’s Critical to Your Success!

Wed, 2014-07-09 21:25

You’ve probably heard the adage that “keeping an old customer is cheaper than converting a new one.” But just how much cheaper is it? According to survey data presented in the new SCORE Infographic out this month, securing a new customer is six to seven times more expensive than keeping an existing one. And loyal customers are worth up to 10 times the amount of their first purchase!

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President Obama Speaks on the Economy in Denver

Wed, 2014-07-09 19:30

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On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Denver's Cheesman Park, President Obama delivered remarks about the economy, the progress that his Administration has made, and how Republican obstructionism is making it more difficult for Americans achieve their full potential.
The President opened his remarks poking fun at Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper over their pool game from last night at the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

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What You Wrote the President

Wed, 2014-07-09 16:32

Ed. note: Earlier today, the Director of Presidential Correspondence, Fiona Reeves, sent an email to the White House list. Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for updates.
Two weeks ago, President Obama asked you to write and tell him how you're doing. And I can tell you, as one of the people who helps sort through the mail here at the White House, that a lot of you answered.
You told us how you're feeling about your family, your community, and our country. You shared stories about what's been going well, and what you wish was better.

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