Helping Employers Connect To Job Seeking Service Members, Veterans And Their Families


 

By Jueseppi B.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell on Wednesday at a comprehensive Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum.

 

The First Lady and Dr. Biden‘s message was clear: our commitment to our service members and their families does not end when their service does, which is why they launched Joining Forces three years ago this month.

 

Since then, companies who have made commitments to Joining Forces have hired over half a million (540,000) veterans and military spouses. Commitments from America’s biggest firms like UPS, who announced a doubling of their commitment to 50,000 new hires and Xerox who will has committed to hire 10,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years.

 

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In June 2011, Dr. Biden launched the Military Spouse Employment Partnership with close to 60 companies. Today, Dr. Biden announced there are 228 partner employers with more than 1.8 million jobs posted on the MSEP Career Portal with more than 60,000 military spouse hires.

 

To help even more veterans and military spouses make the transition to civilian employment, Wednesday’s brought together the U.S. Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army’s Army Career and Alumni Program, Soldier for Life, and Installation Management Command, and local government agencies and chambers of commerce for a free employment summit and career forum on base. Interactive forums and panel discussions focused specifically on transitioning service members and providing them the resources they need to manage their transition – especially finding a job.

 

In fact, every branch of our military has adopted a new approach: every member of our armed forces will start preparing for their transition months before they leave – they’ll be drafting resumes, attending job fairs and summits like this one, applying for college if they want, and mapping out their next steps well before they hang up their uniform.

 

At the Summit, the First Lady unveiled the Administration’s Online Veterans Employment Center. This new online platform supports transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses looking for new career opportunities. In 2011 the President called for a career-ready military, and led the first major transformation of the military transition process. He called on all of the federal government to work together to redesign the way we provide transition assistance and create clear pathways connecting our Veterans to meaningful careers.

 

The new Employment Center helps simplify the job search process by providing a single website which brings together the most important online career tools within government. This tool is a result of collaboration between the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management, Small Business Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Job seekers can use the “military skills translator” to match military career tracks with civilian occupations and critical skills, create and upload a resume online, and find public and private job openings in a single search. Employers are provided with a direct feed of resumes from Veteran applicants, can view reverse skills translation (military to civilian skills) for applicants, and can make public their own Veterans hiring goals.

 

Veterans will have access to:

  • Quick public resume posting with an instant connection to thousands of public and private employers
  • Target job searches based on specific, high-demand career paths
  • Single search for both public and private sector positions
  • Military skills translator and resume generator
  • Social media integration with bookmarking capability for saving job postings

 

Employers will have access to:

  • Targeted feed of qualified resumes from Veteran applicants
  • Reverse skills translation (military to civilian skills) for applicants
  • Showcase their Veterans hiring goals and make public their progress towards those goals
  • Connection to resources designed to help recruit and retain talented, Veteran employees

 

The Veterans Employment Center can be found at:https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs.

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum

 

Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden at Joining Forces Meet-and-Greet with Military Families

 

Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at Joining Forces Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum

 

 

Boston Red Sox Home Base Program Teams Up with Joining Forces

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

Red Sox Home Base Program teams up with Joining Forces in a new PSA to support our military families. Learn more athttp://www.JoiningForces.gov

 

 

 

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Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet Ceremonially Sworn In: Administrator, Small Business Administration.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, with her husband Ray Sweet holding the bible, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, with her husband Ray Sweet holding the bible, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

The President and Vice President Speak at the Swearing-In of Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator

April 07, 2014 | 18:17 |Public Domain

 

President Obama says he nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration because “she knows first-hand the challenges that small businesses go through — and she has a proven track record of helping them succeed.”

 

 

 

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Yesterday, at the White House, President Obama and Vice President Biden participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Mrs. Contreras-Sweet is an excellent choice to lead the SBA, having served at high levels in both the public and private sectors.  Mrs. Contreras-Sweet served as the first Latina cabinet secretary in the history of California, oversaw one of the largest state government agencies in the country, and built a successful bank dedicated to serving traditionally underserved Latino communities from scratch.

 

Maria Contreras-Sweet is a champion for the success of small businesses; that’s why President Obama said during her nomination that “Maria Contreras-Sweet will help small businesses get their good ideas off the ground, to expand, to hire, to sell their products and ideas not only in our domestic markets, but also overseas.” Strengthening the economy is the President’s top priority and Mrs. Contreras-Sweet will play an integral role by supporting small businesses with expanded access to SBA loans.

 

America’s small businesses are vital for the creation of expanding opportunities for the middle class, including thousands of Latinos. Mrs. Contreras-Sweet has served a critical role in ensuring that entrepreneurs and small businesses have access to the capital they need to start and grow their businesses in both the public and private sectors. Small businesses will continue to add good paying middle-class jobs, help grow the economy, and create opportunities for hard-working Americans in the coming years.

 

Small businesses are on the front lines transforming an economy focused on speculating, spending, and borrowing to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating, innovating, and building, which is critical to America’s success in the 21st century. Today, as the economy continues to grow, businesses have created 8.7 million jobs in the past four years and small business will continue to be a critical factor in that growth.

 

As Secretary of the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency for California, she managed an approximately $12 billion budget, oversaw a workforce of over 40,000 and numerous state-wide departments. Mrs. Contreras-Sweet founded ProAmerica Bank – a bank focused on serving small and mid-sized businesses and the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 30 years. Previously, Mrs. Contreras-Sweet served as Vice President for Public Affairs at Seven Up and co-founded Fortius Holdings.

 

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With decades of experience, Mrs. Contreras-Sweet has seen first-hand the business potential in the Latino community and nurtured it. Hispanics start businesses at 3 times the national average and contribute over $468 billion to the American economy. This keen understanding of the intricacies between the co-existence of business and government through her extensive experience in the small business and Latino communities allows her to hit the ground running at the new SBA Administrator.

 

Mrs. Contreras-Sweet is the second Hispanic in the President’s second-term cabinet, and the eighth woman in his current Cabinet. Mrs. Contreras-Sweet knows first-hand the challenges that small businesses face and has an established reputation as a fierce advocate for them. With her new role as SBA Administrator she will ensure that small businesses have the seat at the table they deserve. During her nomination in January, President Obama said, “I’m confident that she’s going to put her heart and soul into making sure that all the other people who are out there striving and trying to achieve their dreams can succeed as well.”

 

 

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Mrs. Contreras-Sweet also reminds us that in America, you can make it if you try. Mrs. Contreras-Sweet came to the United States at age 5 with her mother and five brothers and sisters. She didn’t speak a word of English and while growing up, she watched her mother work long and dangerous hours in a chicken packaging plant so that someday her children could work in an office. Mrs. Contreras-Sweet is living proof that with that kind of hard work and determination you can succeed. Today, we welcome SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, who brings a wealth of public and private sector experience, and look forward to the great work ahead.

 

 

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Barack After Dark™: Alicia & Michelle, Maria, Magic And North Carolina.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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As The Sun Sets…..It’s Time For Barack After Dark™

 

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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.

 

 

 

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First lady Michelle Obama  speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

First lady Michelle Obama speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

 

 

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January 15, 2014
07:14 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama announces the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, as Administrator of the Small Business AdministrationPresident Barack Obama announces the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Jan. 15, 2014. At right is Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

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.

 

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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.”

 

 

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January 15, 2014
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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.

 

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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.

 

I encourage folks to check out my video and visit HealthCare.gov to determine your options.

 

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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January 15, 2014
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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.

 


 

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Related Topics: ManufacturingEconomyNorth CarolinaOhio

 

 

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

 

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The President Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet New Administrator Of The SBA


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks by the President in Nominating Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the SBA

 

South Court Auditorium

3:46 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. Well, welcome to the White House.  And I am pleased to be joined by many of the people on the front lines when it comes to creating jobs and new opportunities — America’s small business owners.  And I want to thank all of them for the hard work and the sacrifice of these entrepreneurs, as well as the workers and the families across the country that have helped us pull ourselves out of one of the worst recessions in our history.

 

Now what we’re seeing is businesses having created more than 8 million new jobs since we hit bottom.  Manufacturing is growing, led by a booming auto industry.  Our investments have helped bring about new technologies, more affordable energy, and our slowing health care costs, all of which are making America even more attractive for investors.  And we’re starting to see a lot of the jobs that had left our shores in manufacturing, for example, starting to come back, because we put ourselves in a much more competitive position.

 

And so all the pieces are there to bring back even more new jobs to America this year, but it’s not going to happen by itself.  This has to be a year of action.  We got to keep our economy growing.  We got to make sure that our working families are sharing in growth and increasing success.  We’ve got to make sure that we’re creating more good jobs that pay good wages and provide families with some measure of security.  We’ve got to make sure that the recovery doesn’t leave anybody behind.

 

And that’s where our small businesses can help lead the way — because small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.  They create most of the country’s new jobs.  They’re cornerstones of our communities.  And 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.  You can make something of yourself.  You can leave something behind for your children.  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.

 

And that’s one of the reasons why I made small business a priority from day one when I took this office.  It’s why we cut taxes for small business owners not once but twice — not once or twice, but 18 times in my first term.  Small business owners had a real tough time in the financial crisis.  When lending froze, they were the ones who were getting hit the hardest.  So my administration supported record amounts of lending to small businesses through the SBA — more than $130 billion to more than 225,000 small businesses during the course of five years.

 

We made it easier for small business to compete for and win federal contracts by eliminating unnecessary paperwork and cutting red tape, and accelerating payments to small business contractors through the “QuickPay” program so that they can maintain the cash flow that they need to grow their businesses and create more jobs.  And so in my first term, nearly $380 billion in federal contracts went to small business.  That’s almost $50 billion more than in the four years before I took office.

 

So I deeply believe in small businesses that can help to drive and continue the growth that we’ve already seen.  And I elevated the role of the Small Business Administrator to Cabinet level — to give small businesses a seat at the table when we are talking about our economic agenda.  I searched for an exceptional person to serve as the next leader of the SBA.  I wanted somebody with a proven track record of helping small businesses succeed; somebody who had firsthand experience both in the private sector and the public sector who can work with us and work with me to increase growth and expand opportunity.  I wanted somebody who understands entrepreneurs, and it would be even better if that somebody had actually started a business of her own.

 

And that’s why I’m so proud to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet to be the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

 

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Maria knows how hard it is to get started on a business — the grueling hours, the stress, the occasional self-doubt — although I have not yet seen self-doubt out of Maria.

 

(Laughter.)  She knows it herself.  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.  When she started her bank, she said she wanted the bank to be a place where families would come for help, “because when family businesses thrive” — and I’m quoting — “the community thrives and the economy thrives.”  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 she understands the needs of small business owners like herself.  She knows how they can lift entire communities, and ultimately how they lift our country.  So as we work to keep our economy growing, Maria will be charged with looking for more ways to support small businesses -– 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.

 

So I want to thank her for accepting this position and the challenge, and I know that she’s going to be up to the task.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank her husband Ray and her three outstanding children -– because jobs like this turn out to be family affairs — and I know that Ray is very supportive and is going to be a great partner with her in this task.

 

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Now, Maria follows in the footsteps of two extraordinary leaders –- Karen Mills, who served as Administrator of the SBA in my first term, and Jeanne Hulit, who has graciously agreed to serve as Acting Administrator after Karen stepped down last year. Together, they made it easier and faster for entrepreneurs to get loans, to win contracts, to hire more people — and the results are thriving small businesses across the country.

 

Some of those entrepreneurs are here today.  Twenty years ago, Deb and Dan Carey wanted so bad to start their own brewing company that they sold their house to help pay for it.  And with a little help from the SBA, they rented an old appliance factory, set up their equipment, they got to work.  Today, the New Glarus Brewing Company is one of the top craft beer-makers in Wisconsin, with more than 80 full-time employees.  So Deb and Dan, where are you?  They’re around here somewhere.  There they are, right there.  Good to see you again.  (Applause.)

 

There’s another success story here — the team behind Taylor Gourmet, a hoagie shop with locations all over D.C., including one just half a block from the White House.  (Laughter.)  If you’re wondering why I know about this, the staff are steady customers at Taylor Gourmet and I have tasted those tasty sandwiches.  When Casey Patten and Dave Mazza moved to D.C., they looked everywhere for hoagies like the ones they’d grown up with in Philly.  And when they couldn’t find any, they thought, we should make them ourselves.  And with the help of the SBA, they opened eight shops in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  And so not only are they providing great sandwiches, but they’re also creating jobs here in the area.

 

That’s the power of small business.  That’s the charge of the SBA.  That’s the extraordinary work that Jeanne has done and, before her, Karen, to help advance the agenda of people who just have a dream and are willing to put in all the blood, sweat and tears that they need to do in order to achieve that dream.  And so when we think about our small businesses, just remember that’s what keeps our communities and our country strong, and we should be doing everything in our power to help them succeed.  If here in America, you’re willing to work hard and dream big, you should have your shot at success.

 

Jeanne has understood that and, in fact, she’s going to be going back into the private sector and helping small businesses back in Maine.  I told her she might have wanted to stay here until the winter is over — (laughter) — but she’s eager to get back and she’s already stayed longer than she originally intended.

 

And I know this is something that Maria understands.  Maria, on the way in, told me a wonderful story about how her grandmother, back in Mexico who was a migrant worker, said to her that if she worked hard, studied, stayed in school, that someday she’d be able to work in an office as a secretary and really make her proud.  And she ended up being the Secretary of Business Development and Transportation in California.  And now she’s going to be helping the folks who are following behind her achieve their dreams.  That’s what America is all about.

 

So Maria is fulfilling the vision of her grandma in ways that maybe are not entirely expected.  And I’m confident that she’s going to put her heart and soul into making sure that all the other people who are out there striving and trying to achieve their dreams can succeed as well.  That’s what this administration is about and I’m looking forward to working with her.

 

So thank you very much.  Give them a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

 

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President Barack Obama announces he will nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, founder and board chairman of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, as the head of the Small Business Administration.

President Barack Obama announces he will nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, founder and board chairman of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, as the head of the Small Business Administration.

 

Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet as Head of SBA

 

Former California official Maria Contreras-Sweet is President Obama’s pick to lead the Small Business Administration. She was introduced and her official nomination announced at a White House event Thursday.

 

Born in Mexico, Contreras-Sweet became the first Latina to serve as a cabinet secretary in California when she led its Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999-2003.

 

That post led Obama to tell this anecdote:

“Maria, on the way in, told me a wonderful story about how her grandmother, back in Mexico who was a migrant worker, said to her that if she worked hard, studied, stayed in school, that someday she’d be able to work in an office as a secretary and really make her proud. And she ended up being the Secretary of Business Development and Transportation in California. And now she’s going to be helping the folks who are following behind her achieve their dreams. That’s what America is all about.

 

“So Maria is fulfilling the vision of her grandma in ways that maybe are not entirely expected,” he said.

 

“Her grandmother, back in Mexico who was a migrant worker, said to her that if she worked hard, studied, stayed in school, that someday she’d be able to work in an office as a secretary and really make her proud.  And she ended up being the Secretary of Business Development and Transportation in California.  And now she’s going to be helping the folks who are following behind her achieve their dreams,” the president said. “That’s what America is all about.”

 

Contreras-Sweet is the founder of ProAmérica Bank, a California bank which works with small- and mid-size businesses. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Contreras-Sweet also previously served as secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

 

Contreras-Sweet would fill the spot previously held by Karen Mills, who left the position last year to work at Harvard.

 

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11 Things You Shouldd Know About The Government Shutdown


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The first thing everyone needs to know about the government shutdown is that it didn’t have to happen.

 

But an extreme group of House Republicans refused to pass a real budget — one of their most basic duties as members of Congress. So here we are.

 

A lot of people are wondering what this means for their families and communities — they’re seeing the headlines and hearing all the back and forth. That’s why we wanted to share this great list The Washington Post put together of the way the shutdown is hurting real people.

 

Read the top nine ways the shutdown affects millions of people — then forward and share this email to anyone you know who needs to see it.

 

The Top 11 Ways a Government Shutdown Affects Real Americans

 

1. 800,000 federal employees will go without pay — and it’s unclear if they’ll receive back pay for time missed.

 

2. 3.6 million veterans may not receive benefits if the shutdown lasts over two weeks.

 

3. The Centers for Disease Control will have to stop its flu prevention program, just as flu season begins.

 

4. Food safety inspections will scale back their work, exposing millions to risk.

 

5. About nine million moms and pregnant women will no longer receive nutritional assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Women, Infants, and Children program.

 

6. The Small Business Administration will be unable to process new loans, potentially slowing new small business growth.

 

7. National parks and museums will close across the country, damaging our travel and tourism industries by millions for each day the government remains shut down. (Yes, that means the Statue of Liberty is closed for business)

 

 
8. Head Start programs across the country will start closing, ending educational and health benefits for low-income children.

 

9. Disability benefits could be interrupted, leaving vulnerable Americans without the support they rely on.

 

 

10. Kids with cancer could get turned away from treatment.

 

 

11. This Government Shutdown Is ALL About R.A.C.E.

 

This government shutdown is racist and not very shy about it either. 

 

Let me break it down for you who don’t know. Racist ass caucasians, and the hand full of house niggers who follow behind, sucking their nasty sweaty balls, do not wantBarack Hussein Obama to be a success because he is Black. ObamaCARES is something that will put Barack Hussein Obama in the history books for much more than being the first Black human to be elected President Of TheUnited States.

 

The Affordable Health Care Act elevates Barack Hussein Obama into the history books with The Presidents who implemented Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, The G.I. Bill. It secures a legacy no other caucasian POTUS has had since those great men who started the above mentioned social services.

 

Can you imagine an America without Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Veterans Benefits? In 30 years, Barack Hussein Obama will be known as the Father Of American Health Care. Now what racist ass cracka caucasian wants THAT?

 

Think it any coincidence the U.S. Government was shut down by racist caucasian slaves of the Koch Brothers andGrover Norquist on the VERY SAME DAY ObamaCARES opens it’s enrollment?

 

What has been the headlines today, Government Shutdown or ObamaCARES Open Enrollment?

 

It’s ALL about race and ObamaCARES. P.E.R.I O.D.

 

I do not want to live in a nation that is as stupidly racist as The United States Of AmeriKKKa.

 

For more info, you can read the full article here:

http://my.barackobama.com/9-Facts-On-Government-Shutdown

Some House Republicans might be treating this showdown like a game — but its impacts are real for millions of Americans who are starting to feel the shutdown in their lives.

 

Nathaniel Lubin
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October 01, 2013
01:40 PM EDT

 

Congress has two jobs to do: pass a budget and pay its bills. Yesterday, Congress failed to fulfill its responsibility to pass a budget and as a result, much of the Federal government will shut down.

 

Below, find an overview of some of the government services and operations that will be impacted until Congress passes a budget to fund them again. For detailed information about US government operations, you can learn more at whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans.

 

  • Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
  • Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits will close to the public.
  • And, veterans’ compensation, pension, education and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown.
  • Every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to theStatue of Liberty, will be immediately closed.
  • New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be immediately halted.
  • Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, will cease. The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
  • Permits and reviews for planned energy and transportations projects will stop, preventing companies from working on these projects.
  • Loans to rural communities will be halted.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees including many charged with protecting us from terrorist threats, defending our borders, inspecting our food, and keeping our skies safe will work without pay until the shutdown ends.
  • Hundreds of thousands of additional Federal workers will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay.

 

The following services that will continue during the government shut down:

  • Social security beneficiaries will continue receiving checks.
  • The U.S. Postal Service will keep delivering mail.
  • Active military will continue serving.
  • Air traffic controllers, prison guards and border patrol agents will remain on the job.
  • NASA Mission Control will continue supporting astronauts serving on the Space Station.

 


 

For more information:

 

 

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October 01, 2013
02:55 PM EDT

 

Today, President Obama met in the Oval Office withAmericans who will benefit from today’s opening of Health Insurance Marketplaces. Following the meeting, the President delivered a statement to the press where he discussed the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as the government shutdown that began today due to Congress’s inability to act.

 

 

Published on Oct 1, 2013

In the Rose Garden at the White House, President Obama delivers a statement to the press on the Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown. October 1, 2013.

 

 

 

Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries.

 

Information about government operating status and resumption of normal operations is available at USA.GOV.

 

Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown

 

Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown

Rose Garden

1:01 P.M. EDT

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good morning, everybody.  At midnight last night, for the first time in 17 years, Republicans in Congress chose to shut down the federal government.  Let me be more specific:  One faction, of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government, shut down major parts of the government — all because they didn’t like one law.

 

This Republican shutdown did not have to happen.  But I want every American to understand why it did happen.  Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act.  They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans.  In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job.

 

And many representatives, including an increasing number of Republicans, have made it clear that had they been allowed by Speaker Boehner to take a simple up or down vote on keeping the government open, with no partisan strings attached, enough votes from both parties would have kept the American people’s government open and operating.

 

We may not know the full impact of this Republican shutdown for some time.  It will depend on how long it lasts.  But we do know a couple of things.  We know that the last time Republicans shut down the government in 1996, it hurt our economy.  And unlike 1996, our economy is still recovering from the worst recession in generations.

 

We know that certain services and benefits that America’s seniors and veterans and business owners depend on must be put on hold.  Certain offices, along with every national park and monument, must be closed.  And while last night, I signed legislation to make sure our 1.4 million active-duty military are paid through the shutdown, hundreds of thousands of civilian workers — many still on the job, many forced to stay home — aren’t being paid, even if they have families to support and local businesses that rely on them.  And we know that the longer this shutdown continues, the worse the effects will be.  More families will be hurt.  More businesses will be harmed.

 

So, once again, I urge House Republicans to reopen the government, restart the services Americans depend on, and allow the public servants who have been sent home to return to work.  This is only going to happen when Republicans realize they don’t get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands.

 

As I’ve said repeatedly, I am prepared to work with Democrats and Republicans to do the things we need to do to grow the economy and create jobs, and get our fiscal house in order over the long run.  Although I should add this shutdown isn’t about deficits, or spending, or budgets.  After all, our deficits are falling at the fastest pace in 50 years.  We’ve cut them in half since I took office.  In fact, many of the demands the Republicans are now making would actually raise our deficits.

 

No, this shutdown is not about deficits, it’s not about budgets.  This shutdown is about rolling back our efforts to provide health insurance to folks who don’t have it.  It’s all about rolling back the Affordable Care Act.  This, more than anything else, seems to be what the Republican Party stands for these days.  I know it’s strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda, but that apparently is what it is.

 

And of course, what’s stranger still is that shutting down our government doesn’t accomplish their stated goal.  The Affordable Care Act is a law that passed the House; it passed the Senate.  The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional.  It was a central issue in last year’s election.  It is settled, and it is here to stay.  And because of its funding sources, it’s not impacted by a government shutdown.

 

And these Americans are here with me today because, even though the government is closed, a big part of the Affordable Care Act is now open for business.  And for them, and millions like them, this is a historic day for a good reason.  It’s been a long time coming, but today, Americans who have been forced to go without insurance can now visit healthcare.gov and enroll in affordable new plans that offer quality coverage.  That starts today.

 

And people will have six months to sign up.  So over the next six months, people are going to have the opportunity — in many cases, for the first time in their lives — to get affordable coverage that they desperately need.

 

Now, of course, if you’re one of the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, you don’t need to do a thing. You’re already benefiting from new benefits and protections that have been in place for some time under this law.  But for the 15 percent of Americans who don’t have health insurance, this opportunity is life-changing.

 

Let me just tell folks a few stories that are represented here today.  A few years ago, Amanda Barrett left her job in New York to take care of her parents.  And for a while, she had temporary insurance that covered her multiple sclerosis.  But when it expired, many insurers wouldn’t cover her because of her MS.  And she ended up paying $1,200 a month.  That’s nowhere near affordable.  So starting today, she can get covered for much less, because today’s new plan can’t use your medical history to charge you more than anybody else.

 

Sky-high premiums once forced Nancy Beigel to choose between paying her rent or paying for health insurance.  She’s been uninsured ever since.  So she pays all of her medical bills out of pocket, puts some on her credit card, making them even harder to pay.  Nancy says, “They talk about those who fall through the cracks.  I fell through the cracks 10 years ago and I’ve been stuck there ever since.”  Well, starting today, Nancy can get covered just like everybody else.

 

Trinace Edwards was laid off from her job a year ago today. Six months ago, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  She couldn’t afford insurance on the individual market, so she hasn’t received treatment yet.  Her daughter Lenace, a student at the University of Maryland, is considering dropping out of school to help pay her mom’s bills.  Well, starting today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Trinace can get covered without forcing her daughter to give up on her dreams.

 

So if these stories of hardworking Americans sound familiar to you, well, starting today, you and your friends and your family and your coworkers can get covered, too.  Just visit healthcare.gov, and there you can compare insurance plans, side by side, the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon.  You enter some basic information, you’ll be presented with a list of quality, affordable plans that are available in your area, with clear descriptions of what each plan covers, and what it will cost.  You’ll find more choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices — most uninsured Americans will find that they can get covered for $100 or less.

 

And you don’t have to take my word for it.  Go on the website, healthcare.gov, check it out for yourself.  And then show it to your family and your friends and help them get covered, just like mayors and churches and community groups and companies are already fanning out to do across the country.

 

And there’s a hotline where you can apply over the phone and get help with the application, or just get questions that you have answered by real people, in 150 different languages.   So let me give you that number.  The number is 1-800-318-2596 — 1-800-318-2596.  Check out healthcare.gov.  Call that number.  Show your family and friends how to use it.  And we can get America covered, once and for all, so that the struggles that these folks have gone through and millions around the country have gone through for years finally get addressed.

 

And let me just remind people why I think this is so important.  I heard a striking statistic yesterday — if you get cancer, you are 70 percent more likely to live another five years if you have insurance than if you don’t.  Think about that.  That is what it means to have health insurance.

 

Set aside the issues of security and finances and how you’re impacted by that, the stress involved in not knowing whether or not you’re going to have health care.  This is life-or-death stuff.  Tens of thousands of Americans die each year just because they don’t have health insurance.  Millions more live with the fear that they’ll go broke if they get sick.  And today, we begin to free millions of our fellow Americans from that fear.

 

Already, millions of young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.  Millions of seniors already have gotten a discount on their prescription medicines.  Already millions of families have actually received rebates from insurance companies that didn’t spend enough on their health care.  So this law means more choice, more competition, lower costs for millions of Americans.

 

And this law doesn’t just mean economic security for our families.  It means we’re finally addressing the biggest drivers of our long-term deficits.  It means a stronger economy.

 

Remember most Republicans have made a whole bunch of predictions about this law that haven’t come true.  There are no “death panels.”  Costs haven’t skyrocketed; they’re growing at the slowest rate in 50 years.  The last three years since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law are the three slowest rates of health spending growth on record.

And contrary to Republican claims, this law hasn’t “destroyed” our economy.  Over the past three and a half years, our businesses have created 7.5 million new jobs.  Just today, we learned that our manufacturers are growing at the fastest rate in two and a half years.  They have factored in the Affordable Care Act. They don’t think it’s a problem.  What’s weighing on the economy is not the Affordable Care Act, but the constant series of crises and the unwillingness to pass a reasonable budget by a faction of the Republican Party.

 

Now, like every new law, every new product rollout, there are going to be some glitches in the signup process along the way that we will fix.  I’ve been saying this from the start.  For example, we found out that there have been times this morning where the site has been running more slowly than it normally will.  The reason is because more than one million people visited healthcare.gov before 7:00 in the morning.

 

To put that in context, there were five times more users in the marketplace this morning than have ever been on Medicare.gov at one time.  That gives you a sense of how important this is to millions of Americans around the country, and that’s a good thing.  And we’re going to be speeding things up in the next few hours to handle all this demand that exceeds anything that we had expected.

 

Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system.  And within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it.  I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads — or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t.  That’s not how we do things in America.  We don’t actively root for failure.  We get to work, we make things happen, we make them better, we keep going.

 

So in that context, I’ll work with anybody who’s got a serious idea to make the Affordable Care Act work better.  I’ve said that repeatedly.  But as long as I am President, I will not give in to reckless demands by some in the Republican Party to deny affordable health insurance to millions of hardworking Americans.

 

I want Republicans in Congress to know these are the Americans you’d hurt if you were allowed to dismantle this law.  Americans like Amanda, Nancy, and Trinace, who now finally have the opportunity for basic security and peace of mind of health care just like everybody else — including members of Congress.  The notion that you’d make a condition for reopening the government that I make sure these folks don’t have health care — that doesn’t make any sense.  It doesn’t make any sense.

 

Now, let me make one closing point:  This Republican shutdown threatens our economy at a time when millions of Americans are still looking for work, and businesses are starting to get some traction.  So the timing is not good.  Of course, a lot of the Republicans in the House ran for office two years ago promising to shut down the government, and so, apparently, they’ve now gotten their wish.  But as I’ve said before, the irony that the House Republicans have to contend with is they’ve shut down a whole bunch of parts of the government, but the Affordable Care Act is still open for business.

 

And this may be why you’ve got many Republican governors and senators and even a growing number of reasonable Republican congressmen who are telling the extreme right of their party to knock it off, pass a budget, move on.

 

And I want to underscore the fact that Congress doesn’t just have to end this shutdown and reopen the government — Congress generally has to stop governing by crisis.  They have to break this habit.  It is a drag on the economy.  It is not worthy of this country.

 

For example, one of the most important things Congress has to do in the next couple weeks is to raise what’s called the debt ceiling.  And it’s important to understand what this is.  This is a routine vote.  Congress has taken this vote 45 times to raise the debt ceiling since Ronald Reagan took office.  It does not cost taxpayers a single dime.  It does not grow our deficits by a single dime.  It does not authorize anybody to spend any new money whatsoever.  All it does is authorize the Treasury to pay the bills on what Congress has already spent.

 

Think about that.  If you buy a car and you’ve got a car note, you do not save money by not paying your car note.  You’re just a deadbeat.  If you buy a house, you don’t save money by not authorizing yourself to pay the mortgage.  You’re just going to be foreclosed on your home.  That’s what this is about.

 

It is routine.  It is what they’re supposed to do.  This is not a concession to me.  It is not some demand that’s unreasonable that I’m making.  This is what Congress is supposed to do as a routine matter.  And they shouldn’t wait until the last minute to do it.  The last time Republicans even threatened this course of action — many of you remember, back in 2011 — our economy staggered, our credit rating was downgraded for the first time.  If they go through with it this time and force the United States to default on its obligations for the first time in history, it would be far more dangerous than a government shutdown — as bad as a shutdown is.  It would be an economic shutdown.

 

So I’ll speak more on this in the coming days, but let me repeat:  I will not negotiate over Congress’s responsibility to pay bills it’s already racked up.  I’m not going to allow anybody to drag the good name of the United States of America through the mud just to refight a settled election or extract ideological demands.  Nobody gets to hurt our economy and millions of hardworking families over a law you don’t like.

 

There are a whole bunch of things that I’d like to see passed through Congress that the House Republicans haven’t passed yet, and I’m not out there saying, well, I’m not — I’m going to let America default unless Congress does something that they don’t want to do.  That’s not how adults operate.  Certainly that’s not how our government should operate.  And that’s true whether there’s a Democrat in this office or a Republican in this office.  Doesn’t matter whether it’s a Democratic House of Representatives or a Republican-controlled House of Representatives — there are certain rules that everybody abides by because we don’t want to hurt other people just because we have a political disagreement.

 

So my basic message to Congress is this:  Pass a budget.  End the government shutdown.  Pay your bills.  Prevent an economic shutdown.  Don’t wait.  Don’t delay.  Don’t put our economy or our people through this any longer.

 

I am more than happy to work with them on all kinds of issues.  I want to get back to work on the things that the American people sent us here to work on — creating new jobs, new growth, new security for our middle class.

 

We’re better than this.  Certainly the American people are a lot better than this.  And I believe that what we’ve accomplished for Amanda, and Nancy, and Trinace, and tens of millions of their fellow citizens- on this day proves that even when the odds are long and the obstacles are many, we are and always will be a country that can do great things together.

 

Thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  Thank you, all of you, for the great work that you’re doing.  And thank you, Kathleen Sebelius, for the outstanding work that she’s doing making sure that millions of Americans can get health insurance.

 

Thank you.

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1:21 P.M. EDT

 

 

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