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As The Sun Sets…..It’s Time For Barack After Dark™
The First Lady and Alicia Keys Discuss Education at the White House
January 15, 2014 | 23:11 |Public Domain
First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a discussion with education stakeholders about the challenges and best practices regarding education access in underserved communities.
07:14 PM EST
America’s small businesses are on the front lines when it comes to creating jobs and new opportunities. They are the cornerstones of our communities, and can help lead the way as we continue to grow the economy and add jobs in the coming year.
“They’re part of the pact that America makes — the idea that if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can build something new,” President Obama said today.
“And that’s the dream that brought generations of hardworking immigrants to our shores, and that’s the idea that drives small business owners to create new products and expand their businesses every single day.”
Maria Contreras-Sweet, who President Obama announced this afternoon as his nominee to lead the Small Business Administration, knows first hand what it means to start a small business, and has a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed.
President Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator
January 15, 2014 | 11:09 |Public Domain
President Obama announces that he is nominating Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration.
She’s the founder of ProAmérica Bank, the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 30 years. Its focus is small and medium-sized businesses in Latino neighborhoods. So not only did she start small businesses, but those have also been her customers, and she understands all too often that the lack of access to capital means a lack of opportunity.
As Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Maria was the driving force behind major job creation and major public investments in infrastructure and in housing.
As a consultant, she helped companies expand into the Latino market. She’s a champion of women-owned and family-owned businesses … And as someone who moved to California from Mexico as a young girl, and whose mother worked long hours to support Maria and her five siblings, she knows firsthand the challenges that working families and recent immigrants are facing.
“So as we work to keep our economy growing, Maria will be charged with looking for more ways to support small businesses,” President Obama said, “to help them get that good idea off the ground, to expand, to hire, to sell their products and ideas not only in our domestic markets, but also overseas. And I’m absolutely confident that she is going to do an outstanding job as our Small Business Administrator.”
January 15, 2014
08:57 AM EST
No one plans to get sick or hurt — I certainly didn’t — but most people will need medical care at some point in their lives.
As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.
It was important that I had the insurance needed to protect me in case I got hurt. It’s been almost 20 years since my playing days and having health insurance is still important to me. All athletes know that a broken bone, or knee surgery can cost a lot, and medical bills can add up. But it doesn’t just happen to professional athletes, it can happen to anybody. And, without health insurance, some medical treatments can cost thousands of dollars.
Magic Johnson: #GetCovered Because Earlier Detection Can Save People’s Lives
January 14, 2014 | 2:12 |Public Domain
Hall of Fame Basketball player, Entrepreneur and Activist Ervin “Magic” Johnson urges young americans to #GetCovered with the Affordable Care Act. Go to http://HealthCare.Gov and find the plan that best fits you.
The good news is, now you can finally get the health insurance you need. The new HealthInsurance Marketplace offers affordable, quality health insurance that can help you get the care you need without risking your life savings.
The Marketplace is a new, simpler way to purchase health insurance — all in one place. You can go online to find and compare options, determine if you qualify for lower costs, and enroll in the plan that’s right for you.
Everyone should have the opportunity to get affordable, quality health coverage. There’s still time to enroll through March 31.
Protect your health — enroll today.
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05:30 PM EST
President Obama Speaks on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
January 15, 2014 | 18:46 |Public Domain
At North Carolina State University, President Obama announces new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract good jobs with good wages that a growing middle class requires.
President Obama made two stops during his trip to Raleigh today: the first to tour a company called Vacon, where workers design the drives that power everything from elevators to the giant fans that help cool buildings, and the second to deliver remarks at North Carolina State University, home of one of the largest undergraduate engineering programs in the country.
“The reason I came here today is because we’ve got to do more to connect universities like NC State with companies like Vacon to make America the number-one place in the world to open new businesses and create new jobs,” President Obama explained.
And, to help make Raleigh-Durham a magnet for the good, high-tech manufacturing jobs that we need to grow the middle class and keep this country on the cutting edge, President Obama announced today that the area will be home to the nation’s newest manufacturing innovation hub.
Like the hub launched in Ohio last year to develop and train workers in 3-D printing technology, the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute in North Carolina will bring leading companies, universities, and federal research together under one roof to help develop the next generation of power electronics.
“Folks at this hub are going to develop what are called ‘wide bandgap semiconductors,’” President Obama said.
“For all you non-engineers out there,” he said, “here’s what it means in the simplest terms.”
Semiconductors, obviously, are at the heart of every piece of the electronics that we use every day — your smartphone, your television set, these days everything … Wide bandgap semiconductors, they’re special because they use up to 90 percent less power; they can operate at higher temperatures than normal semiconductors.
So that means they can make everything from cell phones to industrial motors to electric cars smaller, faster, cheaper.
“And the country that figures out how to do this first, and the companies that figure how to do this best,” President Obama said, “they’re the ones that are going to attract the jobs that come with it.”
President Obama first called on Congress in his 2013 State of the Union to create a network of manufacturing hubs all across the country. Over the summer, he encouraged lawmakers to pass legislation supporting an even larger network of 45 hubs.
Absent Congressional action, President Obama has directed his administration to move forward where they can, and today he said that in addition to the hubs in Ohio and North Carolina, plans are underway to launch two more in the coming weeks.
Together, these hubs will “help build new partnerships in areas that show potential,” President Obama said. “They’ll help to lift up our communities. They’ll help spark the technology and research that will create the new industries, the good jobs required for folks to punch their ticket into the middle class.”
And that’s what America is all about. We have always been about research, innovation, and then commercializing that research and innovation so that everybody can benefit. And then we start selling our stuff all around the world, we start exporting it. And we create good jobs, and middle-class families then are able to buy the products that result from this innovation. And you get a virtuous cycle where everybody is doing better, and nobody is left behind. And that’s what we can do if we pull together the way those companies and universities have pulled together as part of this bid.
For more information:
- Wide Bandgap Semiconductors: Essential to Our Technology Future
- Learn more about today’s announcement and the Next Generation Power Electronics Institute
- Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Explained in 60 Seconds
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