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November 22, 2016
Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday, a nationwide shopping tradition that kicks off the holiday season. Why care about Small Business Saturday? Be in good company. On a day that is all about celebrating small businesses, millions of people across the country Shop Small® – 95 million in 2015, including Miss Piggy. Get inspired. When
May 23, 2016
May is World Trade month and normally a time when we highlight the benefits of trade to the American economy. The fact is the US economy benefits enormously from trade. If you are following the political campaign you will know there has been a lot of debate about trade and its impacts on our economy.
January 9, 2014
In the coming weeks, the U.S. Congress will have the opportunity to take a step that will significantly advance free trade and our economy –renewing Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA.For three decades, U.S. presidents have had the authority to negotiate complex trade deals with other nations, and present the results for an up-or-down vote. Congress last passed this trade authorization in 2002 and since then, the US has added trade agreements with 16 countries.
August 26, 2013
For most of history, the supply chain that links the world together today would have been unimaginable. The road to market is now a superhighway. It is a 24/7 operation. Global trade does not sleep. In fact, it never even pauses for a nap. Wheels on the ground, wings in the sky, keels in the water connect a largely borderless world economy.
July 23, 2013
As Brazil prepares to host two premier sporting events, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, some predict that the country will invest more than $60 billion USD in public works projects ranging from road expansions to the improvement of telecommunications networks. The infrastructure upgrades are not only necessary to accommodate the enormous amount of visitors these sporting events will bring to Brazil, but al
May 8, 2013
The “American Dream” is defined by the idea that the harder you work, the greater your chance for prosperity and success—a solid education, a steady job and that home with a white picket fence. For so long, your house was not only a symbol of what you had accomplished, but also considered a safe and profitable investment because over time its value would appreciate.
January 30, 2013
Four years ago when I attended the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the theme of the program was “Shaping the Post-Crisis World” as the financial crisis continued to unfold in the developed world. Back then I wrote a blog titled “From Davos with Hope” to call for courage as key decision makers faced new challenges. Those were the final days of January 2009 when snow fell heavily in the tallest city in Europe, and when fear, anxiety and hope were all mixed among the meeting participants.
August 21, 2012
While summer break may be too short for many students, the end of summer is a welcome change for retailers eager to learn whether students “hitting the books” will result in more parents hitting the store aisles.In line with a general slowdown that occurs during the restful summer months, economic activity also feels a “summer pause,” a “quiet” that can be as loud and jarring as fingers on a chalkboard for many retailers. Fortunately for them, the early back-to-school predictions could mean good marks in their future sales logs.