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Help Us Find Menorahs for the White House Hanukkah Receptions

November 11, 2015

Each year, the President and the First Lady host their annual celebration of Hanukkah at the White House. 

Central to each reception with the President and First Lady is a candle lighting ceremony, where we light a special menorah. 

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Rabbi Larry Bazer participate in the Menorah lighting during the Hanukkah reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Dec. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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On Veterans Day: What I've Learned During My Time In Uniform

November 11, 2015

Rob Diamond, Director of Private Sector Engagement

It was just over nine years ago that I wore the uniform of a United States Naval Officer for the last time. It seems like it was just yesterday.

After four years at the U.S. Naval Academy and nearly seven years of active duty service, including a wartime deployment to the Middle East in 2004, I gained what I would argue is the most important and meaningful title I have ever been afforded — I am a veteran.

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Continuing Service

November 10, 2015

Recently, I had the pleasure of having lunch with three talented and dedicated SBA veterans (you can see the picture below). From right to left, you will first see Brian Goodrow, who is a Senior...

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Relief for People with Medicare

November 10, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on The Huffington Post. See the original post here.

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Email from General Colin L. Powell and Alma J. Powell: "Let's reinvent high school."

November 10, 2015

General Colin L. Powell and Alma J. Powell sent the following message to the White House email list on high school graduation rates in America. Didn't get General Powell's email? Sign up for email updates here.

We want to talk to you about our nation’s high schools for a moment.

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Mission Global: Vets Go Global Initiative Assists and Empowers Veteran-Owned Businesses to Expand in International Markets

November 10, 2015

Guest blog post by Murat Muftari, International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. Muftari is also a former U.S. Special Forces soldier.
“History has shown that when you give veterans an opportunity to succeed, they go above and beyond. And we as a nation owe them those opportunities to succeed,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald when recently announcing the expansion of the Veterans Economic Opportunity Initiative – a collaborative initiative to increase economic opportunities for veterans.

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Chart of the Week: More Students Are Graduating On Time

November 10, 2015

All students -- no matter their zip code -- deserve schools that help them learn the skills they need to compete in today's global economy. That's why the Department of Education has called for directing greater attention and resources to our lowest-performing high schools to ensure more students have the opportunity to graduate and carry on through college.

Thanks to President Obama's efforts and the work of young people, educators, community leaders, and business leaders across the country, high school graduation rates are rising. Take a look:

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Scholarly Entrepreneur: How one woman turned her masters’ thesis into a successful IT company

November 10, 2015

November is Entrepreneurship Month and a perfect time to highlight the 2015 Minority Enterprise Development Week MBE of the Year: Ideal Systems Solutions Inc. ISSI is one of the fastest-growing information technology providers in the United States, serving federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, system integrators, prime contractors, and commercial entities.

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Taking a Look at Veterans Across America

November 10, 2015

The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Random Samplings Blog
As we celebrate those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans Day, many Americans may want to learn more about the veterans who live in and around their area. Last week the Census Bureau released a series of infographics detailing characteristics of veterans within each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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