Update From The White House Business Team


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Your Update from the White House Business Team

 

As we reflect on the last five years since the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it is evident that Americans have made significant progress. Last week, President Obama highlighted the importance of averting a government shut-down and raising the debt ceiling, while emphasizing the need for advancing our nation’s competitiveness in the world market. The Administration will not compromise on growing the middle class and ensuring everyone has access to affordable health care. In this issue, read about:

 

  • President Obama’s Speech on the Five Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis
  • Remarks by the President at the Business Roundtable highlighting our economic progress
  • The President’s Export Council convened to welcome seven new members
  • The President’s Better Bargain for the Middle Class during his trip to Kansas City
  • Looking Ahead: The White House will host the first-ever SelectUSA Investment Summit
  • Resources to help your business grow

 

We hope you will find the below information useful and interesting. Please do not hesitate to be in touch if we can be of assistance in any way and if you have ideas on how to strengthen the economy and provide economic security for our thriving middle class.

 

Thank you,

 

Ari, Marisa, and Sam
Office of Public Engagement, Private Sector Engagement
Business@who.eop.gov

 

 

President Obama Addresses the Five Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis

 

On Monday, September 16th, the President delivered remarks at the White House to mark the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis.  He discussed the progress we have made to grow the economy and create 7.5 million private sector jobs, highlighting the work we still need to do to strengthen the middle class and those fighting to get into it.  He continued to highlight his better bargain for the middle class, and warn against more self-inflicted wounds from Washington. The President was joined on-stage and in the audience by people who have benefited from his economic recovery proposals over the last five years including small business owners, construction workers, homeowners, consumers and tax cut recipients.

 

For video of the entire event, please click here.

 

To read more about the progress we’ve made in the past five years and see just how far we’ve come, please click here.

 

 

 

 

After making a statement about the situation at the Washington Navy Yard, President Obama marks the anniversary of the financial crisis and the efforts over the last five years to stabilize the economy and get it growing and creating jobs again. Sept. 16, 2013.

 

The President Engages With the Business Community

 

On Wednesday, September 18th, President Obama addressed business leaders at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable.  In his remarks, the President highlighted the progress the economy has made over the last year, but recognized there is a lot of work still to do.

 

To watch a video of the President’s full remarks, please click here.

 

 

 

President Obama delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable. Sept. 18, 2013.

On Thursday, September 19th, the President delivered brief remarks at a meeting of the President’s Export Council to  discuss the importance of helping American companies sell their goods and services around the world.  The President emphasized the importance of exports in our economic recovery.

 

To read the President’s full remarks, please click here.

 

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a meeting with the President's Export Council, in Room 350 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Sept. 19, 2013. Seated with the President, from left are: Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker; Council Vice-Chair Ursula Burns, Chairwoman and CEO of Xerox; and and Council Chair Jim McNerney, Jr., President and CEO, The Boeing Company (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a meeting with the President’s Export Council, in Room 350 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Sept. 19, 2013. Seated with the President, from left are: Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker; Council Vice-Chair Ursula Burns, Chairwoman and CEO of Xerox; and and Council Chair Jim McNerney, Jr., President and CEO, The Boeing Company (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

On Friday, September 20th, the President traveled to the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant where he will continue to highlight the progress we have made since the beginning of the financial crisis five years ago and the work that lies ahead to continue strengthening our economy and deliver a Better Bargain for the Middle Class.

 

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SelectUSA Investment Summit: October 31 – November 1 in Washington, DC

 

Select USA

 

 

Launched in 2011, SelectUSA is the first-ever U.S. government-wide initiative to promote and facilitate investment in the United States.  If you’re a business leader trying to identify your next phase of expansion, SelectUSA is your go-to resource to connect with decision makers, investors and market analysts.  Not only is SelectUSA the Administration’s premier venue for promoting foreign investment and job growth within the United States, it is a perfect venue to help grow your own business with enhanced exposure to the global economy.

 

On October 31 through November 1, 2013, the Obama Administration will host the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit. This first-of-its-kind, national-level engagement is intended to connect businesses and investors from around the world with U.S. economic development organizations at the state, regional, and local levels. The SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, and SelectUSA, as part of a U.S. government-wide initiative to promote direct investment in the United States

 

By attending the Summit, you will be able to connect with foreign and domestic investors, senior Administration officials, and state and local officials. In addition, you will learn how to more effectively identify, target, and execute your investment strategy.

 

Get registered now by visiting http://www.selectusasummit.com/

 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker
  • Secretary of State, John Kerry
  • Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew
  • United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman
  • Laurence Fink, President and CEO, Blackrock
  • Dan Doctoroff, President and CEO, Bloomberg, L.P.
  • Andrew Liveris, President and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company

 

To download the complete summit brochure, please click here.

 

Government Resources to Help Grow Your Business

 

Business USA

 

 

BusinessUSA: Your Front Door To All The Government Has To Offer

 

On October 28, 2011, the President issued a challenge to government agencies to think beyond their organizational boundaries in the best interest of serving America’s business community, and start thinking and acting more like the businesses they serve. He directed the creation of BusinessUSA, a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.

 

  • BusinessUSA makes it easier for small businesses and exporters to discover opportunities, connect with the right resources, and help them grow and hire.
  • The tiles on the front page are designed to give the most relevant results based on a few simple questions. Each tile is designed around a specific business need.
  • Search, track, and register for resource centers, events, and programs in your area.

 

Check it out now at http://www.businessusa.gov

There’s Still Time!  Help Your Industry, Your Community and Your Business: Return Your Economic Census Forms Today

 

The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

In October through December 2012, forms were mailed to nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium and small companies representing all U.S. locations and industries. Respondents were asked to provide a range of operational and performance data for their companies.

 

You can submit your responses electronically here.

 

The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

In October through December 2012, forms were mailed to nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium and small companies representing all U.S. locations and industries. Respondents were asked to provide a range of operational and performance data for their companies.

 

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Shutting Down The U.S. Government Based On Health Care For U.S. Citizens.


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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White House Tweets – September 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Brundage
September 19, 2013
06:00 AM EDT

 

Amy Brundage is a Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary.

 

Right now, Congress’ top priorities should be growing the economy and creating good middle class jobs so we build on the progress we’ve made over the last four years. But a few extreme Republicans in Congress are attempting to reverse that progress by shutting down the government and threatening to force the United States to default on the bills it has already racked up and owes.

 

For decades, Congress has paid its bills dozens of times by raising the debt limit on schedule with little drama or delay.  Unfortunately, as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew noted on Tuesday, that all changed two years ago when:

…the issue of raising the debt ceiling turned into a high stakes political drama. We saw for the first time a debate take place over whether the United States should voluntarily default on its obligations. Some actually argued that default was a viable outcome. There were in fact members of Congress willing to default on our full faith and credit rather than reach a good faith compromise.

 

Even the hint of defaulting on our obligations by a minority of Republicans in Congress had great consequences for our economy in the summer of 2011:

  • The stock market plummeted 17%
  • The US credit rating was downgraded
  • Consumer confidence dropped to its lowest points since the financial crisis in 2008
  • Widespread uncertainty for middle class families
  • Businesses froze hiring—initially reported zero jobs added for August of 2011, and even with later revisions was one of the lowest months of job growth over the last two years

 

That’s why the President has been clear that there is no negotiating over the whether or not Congress should pay its bills; Congress needs to pass a budget to keep the government functioning for the American people.  Many Republicans have agreed that it would be reckless and irresponsible to use the threat of default as a bargaining chip:

 

Speaker John Boehner: “[D]o you want to risk the full faith and credit of the United States government over ObamaCare? That’s a very tough argument to make.”  [BuzzFeed, 3/13/13]

 

Sen. Kelly Ayotte: “I don’t think that shutting down the government is going to be productive.” [CNN, 9/18/2013]

 

Rep. Tom Cole: “….shutting down the government to, you know, get your way over an unrelated piece of legislation is political equivalent of throwing a temper tantrum. It’s just not helpful, and I think it’s the sort of thing that can create a backlash, that could cost the Republicans majority in the House…”   [Fox News Network, 7/24/13]

 

Sen. Richard Burr: “I think it’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of…Listen, as long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be law.”  [The Huffington Post, 7/25/13]

 

Sen. Bob Corker: “Oh, I think it’s a silly effort. And what people are really saying who are behind that effort is, we don’t have the courage to roll up our sleeves and deal with real deficit reduction and spending decisions.”  [MSNBC, 7/30/13]

 

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry: “This president is not going to sign a de-funding of his health care bill into law. He’s not going to do that…it is up to congress to not be about theatrics.”  [Bellevue Leader, 8/15/13]

 

Sen. John McCain: “It is a suicide note…I was here the last time we saw this movie.” [National Journal, 9/12/13]

 

Sen. John Cornyn: “I don’t think that any reasonable person thinks there’s anything to be gained by a government shutdown,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Rather than a shutdown of government, what we need is a Republican victory in 2014 so we can be in control. I’m not sure those are mutually compatible.” [AP, 9/18/13] 

 

US Chamber of Commerce: “It is not in the best interest of the U.S. business community or the American people to risk even a brief government shutdown that might trigger disruptive consequences or raise new policy uncertainties washing over the U.S. economy. Likewise, the U.S. Chamber respectfully urges the House of Representatives to raise the debt ceiling in a timely manner and thus eliminate any question of threat to the full faith and credit of the United States government.” [Chamber of Commerce Letter to U.S. House of Representatives, 9/18/13]

 

But now reasonable Republicans in Congress are being held hostage by a few extreme members of their own party who are holding the economy and middle class families hostage to an ideological agenda that has no chance of becoming law.

 

Thanks to the grit and resilience of the American people, we’ve cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis and begun to lay a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. The last thing we can afford right now is a decision from Congress to throw our economy back into crisis by refusing to pay our country’s bills or shutting down the government.

 

 

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

September 18, 2013
07:25 PM EDT

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks and participates in a Q&A with Business Roundtable membersPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks and participates in a Q&A with Business Roundtable members at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today President Obama spoke to members of the Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs of the country’s leading companies.

 

President Obama Speaks to the Business Roundtable

September 18, 2013 | 17:51 |Public Domain

 

President delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable.

 

 

 

“I’m hugely invested in your success because this room represents not only an enormous amount of economic output, but also represents the hopes and dreams of people who are working very hard trying to make a living,” President Obama told the business leaders. “When you succeed, when you’re doing well, when you’re competitive at a global scale, then America can do well also.”

President Obama said that our economy has come a long way since the financial crisis that began with the collapse of Lehman Brothers five years ago. For example, 7.5 million jobs have been created in the private sector, thanks in part to the many Business Roundtable members who have added to their payrolls over the last five years.

“We are in a much stronger position now than when we were then,” President Obama said.

 

 

 

“The housing market has begun to recover.  Exports are at record highs.  We are producing more energy than we ever have before,” he said. “The deficits have been coming down at the fastest rate since World War II.  The deficit has been cut in half since I came into office. Health care costs, which were and continue to be a major source of concern, are increasing at the slowest rate in 50 years.”

 

But, the President said, we’ve still got a lot of work to do, including implementing immigration reform, increasing exports, and passing a budget that continues to invest in the things we need to grow like education, infrastructure, research and development while dealing with our long-term structural deficits.

 

Read the President’s full remarks here.

 

 

White House Convening on Food Marketing to Children

September 18, 2013 | 23:20 |Public Domain

 

A key focus of the Let’s Move! initiative is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for American families. Marketing and other sources of information can make it easier for families to make healthier choices, or act as a barrier to better choices. The White House Convening on Food Marketing to Children brings together a wide range of leaders working on this issue–from experts, advocates, and parents to food, beverage, media and entertainment companies to identify opportunities for action that ensure marketing supports the health of kids and families.

 

 

The White House to Host Convening on Food Marketing to Children

 

 

President Barack Obama makes a comment on the economy as he marks the five-year anniversary of the U.S. financial crisis in a speech in the South Court Auditorium of the White House. Obama touted the economic recovery that created 7.5 million private sector jobs but said more needs to be done for the middle class.

President Barack Obama makes a comment on the economy as he marks the five-year anniversary of the U.S. financial crisis in a speech in the South Court Auditorium of the White House. Obama touted the economic recovery that created 7.5 million private sector jobs but said more needs to be done for the middle class.

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News Videos Photos Daily Word From Barack’s House……We Got It All


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President Obama Speaks to the Business Roundtable

 

 

Megan Slack
By Megan Slack December 05, 2012 The White House Blog

 

Today, President Obama spoke to members of the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of American businesses, and reiterated his plan to extend tax cuts for middle-class families.

 

He explained how preventing tax cuts for middle-class families is good for business leaders as well as the broader economy.

 

 

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks and takes questions from business leaders at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable at the BRT in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

“If the companies in this room are doing well, then small businesses and medium-sized businesses up and down the chain are doing well,” he said. “If companies in this room are doing well, then folks get jobs, consumers get confidence, and we’re going to be able to compete around the world.”

 

The President said that a bringing down our deficits in a balanced way means cutting spending as well as raising revenue through higher tax rates on the wealthiest Americans — which would include some members of the Business Roundtable.

Let’s allow higher rates to go up for the top 2 percent — that includes all of you, yes, but not in any way that’s going to affect your spending, your lifestyles, or the economy in any significant way; let’s make sure that 98 percent of Americans don’t see a single dime in tax increases next year, 97 percent of small businesses don’t see a single dime in tax increases next year — and by doing that alone we raise almost a trillion dollars without any adverse effects on the economy.

Read the President’s full remarks here.

 

 

Ready To Go Off The Cliff: Sec. Geithner Says: ‘Oh Absolutely!’ Obama Says: ‘No Games!’

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Bashir: GOP‘s Circus Act Over U.N. Disabilities Treaty a Disgrace

 

 

 

 

 

Diversity in Congress: The GOP vs The Democrats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 06, 2012 5:00 PM EST

President Obama and First Lady Attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting

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White House Schedule: Thursday, December 6 2012 All Times ET

 

 

 

9:30 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.

11:30 AM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.
1:35 PM: The President visits a middle class family to discuss the importance of extending income tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses.
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5:05 PM: The First Family attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting; the President delivers remarks.
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Today’s Schedule From Barack’s House


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Today’s Schedule

 

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

 

9:15 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.

 

 

10:50 AM: The President delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable and answers questions.

 

 

12:30 PM: Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.

 

 

3:05 PM: The President delivers remarks at the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior.

 

 

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

 

Open Source and the Power of Community
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve established an official White House presence on Drupal.org, an online community dedicated to maintaining and improving Drupal, the software that powers WhiteHouse.gov.

 

 

President Obama to Host the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference
Today, President Obama will host representatives invited from each of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes, and Alaska Native Villages, at the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference.

 

 

Photo Gallery: First Lady Tribute Ornaments
This year, the White House is paying tribute to past White House holidays with four unique trees in the Grand Foyer. Each tree is decorated with a collection of ornaments that best represent the holiday legacies of former First Ladies dating back more than 50 years.

 

 

Next Up…

December 05, 2012 1:30 PM EST

2012 Tribal Nations Conference (Closing Session) with remarks from President Obama

Washington, DC

 

 

Click here to  Watch LIVE!!

 

 

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