U.K. Business Leaders Reject EU Alternatives as Lawmakers Vote

Quick fixes for your business this new financial year

Analysis of the two countries positions, often cited as an alternative by opponents of British membership of the 28-nation bloc, was published as House of Commons lawmakers prepared to debate the timing of a plebiscite on staying in the EU. Norway and Switzerland simply dont appear to have set-ups the U.K. should aspire to, the chief policy director of the London-based CBI, Katja Hall, said in an e-mailed statement. They are half-way houses on the margins of Europe with no influence over the market rules under which they operate. Norway still pays the bills and has as much of a say on the single market as Liechtenstein. Members of Prime Minister David Cameron s Conservative Party will be instructed to back a bill introduced by a rank-and-file Tory lawmaker today that would guarantee a referendum by the end of 2017. Cameron, who cant put forward government legislation on an EU vote because his Liberal Democrat coalition partners oppose it, is supporting the bill and will be in the chamber for the debate. Cameron, who says Britains membership is good for business, has pledged an in-out referendum after Britain has had a chance to renegotiate its relationship with the EU after the next election in 2015. He is seeking to repatriate some powers and streamline decision-making as part of an overhaul of the union. Popular Consent Cameron, who hosted a barbecue for Conservative lawmakers last night, had the bill drafted after his own lawmakers indicated they would vote against his legislative program in the Commons if a measure guaranteeing a referendum wasnt included. James Wharton, the Tory who is sponsoring the bill, said it doesnt mean he backs withdrawal from the EU.
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Decrease your debtor days Diane Lucas, owner of Direct Management, believes the new financial year is a great time to re-evaluate relationships with suppliers, and your terms of agreement. If youre always chasing down payments, here are some of her tips: Sending out statements is a must for all customers. Follow up with a phone call to discuss payment. Follow up on your follow up, especially if a promise is made and not adhered to. Affiliate yourself with a professional body so you can add some grunt to your collection letters. For example, show youre supported by the National Revenue Corporation (NRC), which provides support in the area of accounts receivables management with the purpose of ensuring accounts are paid on time and in accordance with the agreed terms of trade. Set out your expectations in your contract terms so that you can act upon it if the debtor days are exceeded.
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BofA executive: Small business is on the comeback

Robb Hilson, small business executive for Bank of America, poses for photos in his Coral Gables office. Hilson’s job is to convince small business owners that Bank of America does want to do business with them.

But in the 18 months Hilson has been on the job at the nations second-largest bank it has had some success with its 3.2 million small business customers. Last year, Bank of America made $8.7 billion in new loans to small businesses, up 28 percent from 2011. I feel really good about the momentum. Theres obviously more work to do, but weve made a lot of progress, Hilson says. Hilson, 54, took the job as small business executive in November 2011 soon after Bank of America started placing 1,000 bankers in cities and communities around the country to serve small companies.
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Boosting Your Business With a Video Blog

4 Apps Your Small Business Can’t Survive Without

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If you dont share relationships with your clients and prospective clients, you wont be successful. If you can come across as a business owner who gives off warmth and humanism, more people will want to interact with you and eventually buy what you are selling. A video blog can help to turn your dry content into content that is more appealing and compelling. There are some people who like to read but there are other people who are visual and those people may prefer a video to a written article.
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If they were looking at a plan to put in place for this, they will probably continue on with it. Just one year is not going to provide substantial relief. The downside could come for Americans lacking insurance coverage, said Rich Umbdenstock, president of the Chicago-based American Hospitals Association. We are concerned that the delay further erodes the coverage that was envisioned. Without the penalties, the U.S. government may lose as much as $10 billion in revenue next year, the amount expected to be generated according to congressional estimates. The White House suggested the impact of the decision would be limited. Ninety-eight percent of workers in firms with 50 or more employees worked for a company that offered health coverage to at least some of its employees in 2012, according to the Kaiser Family Foundations Employer Health Benefits Survey. In March, meanwhile, a survey of large employers found 84 percent said they were unlikely to cut part-timers hours to avoid the mandate, according to Towers Watson & Co (TW)., the New York-based benefits adviser that conducted the research. Small employers were a different matter: An April poll by Gallup found 41 percent said they had backed off on hiring due to the law and 18 percent said they would have to cut workers hours. Existing Requirements Other requirements for businesses will remain in effect, said J.D. Piro, leader of the health-law group at benefits consultant Aon Hewitt, in a telephone interview. Companies still must offer insurance to their workers children until age 26, and they must pay a minimum of 60 percent of medical bills and provide preventive health services, including birth control, without cost-sharing by employees, Piro said.
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UK Bank Business ‘Normal’ for First Time Since March 2011

The quarterly survey by accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers and employers’ body CBI said banks did more business with companies, private individuals and overseas customers. Only business with financial institutions was flat over the quarter. Overall business volumes were expected to expand at a similarly strong pace in the next three months. “This may not mean that credit appetite is growing, but it certainly implies an improvement in economic performance,” Kevin Burrowes, PwC’s UK financial services leader said. “After allowing costs to rise in the first quarter of the year, banks are renewing their focus on efficiency and staff numbers are beginning to fall again. Retail and commercial non-performing loans are also predicted to decline during the coming quarter,” he said. He warned that there were a few notes of caution however. “Despite planning for customer acquisition and product development, banks still have doubts about continuing demand,” Burrowes said. Overall, financial services firms had seen another strong quarter of business growth.
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Business response time options for social media effectiveness

What’s going on in Cleveland is happening across the country. Trendy small businesses like breweries and younger residents have been returning to downtown neighborhoods in many cities across the U.S. The biggest cities are growing faster than the suburbs around them, according to Census data. Another benefit of the brewery boom: Manufacturers like brewers typically pay workers more than service businesses like restaurants or shops do. That’s good for local economies. But for some, the bubbles are bursting. In Brooklyn, N.Y., breweries are feeling the heat from rising real estate costs. When Brooklyn Brewery opened in the Williamsburg section of the borough in 1996, its neighbors were mostly deserted warehouses and factories. Today, Brooklyn Brewery is surrounded by modern apartment buildings, trendy bars, shops and restaurants.
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Obamacare Delay That Boosts Business Concerns Workers

Sulyandziga. Ms. Guaqueta and Mr. Sulyandziga, who visit the country at the invitation of the Government, will meet in Accra with authorities, companies, business organizations, workers organizations and civil society organizations. They will further carry out field visits and speak to local stakeholders in Ashanti and Central regions to explore initiatives, opportunities and challenges in specific economic sectors and at the local level.
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In Urban Revival Beer Creates Small Business Hubs

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Wunderlist ($Free, iPhone / iPad / Android / Mac / PC / Web) This app is about as handy and no frills as a to-do list app should be. I will be the first to say that an app which keeps track of things you need to do seems a bit frivolous. But after going sometime without it and trying to use other apps like Evernote to do the trick, I find this much better. All Wunderlist enables you to do is create a running to-do list of all your tasks. And it works perfectly! You can make certain tasks a priority and keep them atop the list. Likewise you can set reminders or due dates, so you wont forget. The app will send you a push notification ensuring you really remember to do that thing you wrote down last week. I find that pretty handy with so much going on between life and business.
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Business & human rights: UN expert group launches first fact-finding visit to Ghana

For business owners wondering how to best handle response time scenarios over online channels, there are at least three options that can be implemented to keep followers and communities happy. This is the minimum attention brands should have if wanting to show we are here for your needs to their customers. Option 2 24/7 Personnel Availability A 24/7 online presence is not necessarily reasonable for every business; unless theres enough personnel to cover every business social media channel at all times. Big companies may have this possibility, but smaller ones and start-ups may not. However, if a business wishes to provide optimal response time and customer service through their social media networks ; it is ideal to have more than one person taking care of the platforms allowing for a quick, if not immediate, response. Option 3 Response Time Details Informing the community of the companys response time practices is one way for brands to allow their social media followers and business customers to know what response time should be expected when leaving an inquiry or comment. Since expectations are what can typically ruin an experience for individuals, having knowledge of what to expect should eliminate the disappointment factor when it comes to how long a person has to wait before being answered. Due to the online world being one that sends and receives information instantaneously, some individuals have generated the idea that social media response times should happen immediately . However, as a business online presence becomes a constant, people also realize that the number of employees and operating hours for companies remain the same. For as frustrated as some customers can get in not receiving an immediate response to a comment or inquiry, they will take into consideration the fact that at least they received the attention needed during working hours; or if brands have stated their response time, then customers will already be aware of what to expect. If instead businesses have 24/7 personnel operating their social media channels, there isnt any lag time between comment or inquiry response times and issues should not arise, unless the response given is perceived as rude or unhelpful.
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BofA executive: Small business is on the comeback

Robb Hilson, small business executive for Bank of America, poses for photos in his Coral Gables office. Hilson’s job is to convince small business owners that Bank of America does want to do business with them.

I feel really good about the momentum. Theres obviously more work to do, but weve made a lot of progress, Hilson says. Hilson, 54, took the job as small business executive in November 2011 soon after Bank of America started placing 1,000 bankers in cities and communities around the country to serve small companies. Bank of America and other big banks began bolstering their small business outreach after they were criticized by company owners and lawmakers for stringent lending standards that prevented many companies from getting loans. Bank of America was also one of the banks that pledged to the Small Business Administration that it would increase its loans to small business. Hilsons role puts him in a position to hear about, and gain understanding, of the problems small business owners face. He recently spoke with The Associated Press about his work and small businesses. Here are excerpts, edited for brevity and clarity: Q.
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Business groups applaud delay in key health care rule

RBS commissions review of UK small business lending

We should know a lot more a year from now. Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, which opposed the health-care law arguing that it would raise the cost of doing business, also called the delay a wise move. Since nobody is ready , it probably prevents a lot of chaos, he said. The vast majority of firms affected by the so-called employer mandate already offer health insurance. But some of those plans would have to be enhanced and, thus, become more expensive to comply with the health-care law. Many opponents of the Affordable Care Act have argued that the law would become a clear disincentive to create new jobs in a struggling economy, particularly for firms that have just less than 5o workers. Some employers claimed they would cut work weeks below the 30-hour threshold to avoid the mandate.
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“We want to play our part in securing the recovery.” RBS’s plans coincided with the Bank of England saying Britain’s improved economic outlook had boosted demand for corporate credit in the second quarter. The availability of corporate credit, however, was expected to stay little changed. “JURY OUT” The central bank said this week that lending to smaller firms dropped by 452 million pounds ($685.71 million) in May and deputy governor Andrew Bailey told lawmakers the desire of British banks to offer credit was still in question. “The answer they give is, they are increasing their capacity to make lending, and my answer to that is, that’s good but I think the jury is very much out on this. I mean, we have to see the evidence on this,” he said. However, banks’ assertion that they must avoid reckless lending was underlined by data from the Bank of England on Wednesday which showed a significant rise in default rates on small business loans in the second quarter. The Bank of England had previously reported a 300 million pound fall in net lending by banks and building societies taking part in the FLS scheme in the first three months of 2013. Stephen Hester, ousted as RBS chief executive last month, said in May the bank had 20 billion pounds of spare cash it was desperate to lend, but could not find takers because businesses lacked confidence in the British economy. Last month, the bank said it had identified thousands of British companies it could offer 1.7 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) of extra credit to. The Federation of Small Businesses said the RBS review should focus on helping small businesses better understand what information they needed to give when applying for credit.
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How to Plan a Summer Business Vacation

You dont want to get tempted to work too much or forget anything when you leave. Go Mobile Deciding what to bring with you can be a lot easier if you convert as much work data as possible to your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. Set a Designated Work Time If you absolutely need to work while youre on vacation, set designated time for you to do tasks like checking email and making phone calls. You dont want your work to completely takeover what is supposed to be a vacation. Ask For Help If you have employees or business partners, ask them for help with little tasks that need to be done while youre away. Be prepared to do the same for them whenever they decide to take a vacation. Relax Its easy to get so wrapped up in your business that its difficult to enjoy your vacation. But taking a break from your business and clearing your head can be just as important as checking those items off your to-do list. Make relaxation a priority and have your family members or friends youre traveling with keep you in check. Taking a vacation away from your small business can seem like a risky move if youre constantly busy.
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6 Reasons to Start Your Business Now

You probably see a little more confidence today than what you saw in November or even last May. I think there were things leading up to the election and all that (that contributed to some pessimism). I think theyre dealing with this new reality of sluggish growth, very low interest rates and not taking as much risk as they were in 2005. What is it going to take to go back to 2005?
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BofA executive: Small business is on the comeback

Robb Hilson, small business executive for Bank of America, poses for photos in his Coral Gables office. Hilson’s job is to convince small business owners that Bank of America does want to do business with them.

But a struggling economy presents opportunities for ambitious entrepreneurs you just have to know where to find them. 1. Real Estate Is Cheap With so many businesses failing in recent years, commercial real estate is widely available. Do your research find a space thats conveniently located and reasonably priced.
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How to Explain Social Business to Senior Management and Co-Workers [Infographic]

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Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience How to Explain Social Business to Senior Management and Co-Workers [Infographic] By Joshua Paul | Business 2 Community 5 hours ago Print To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. Tony Robbins,author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker One of the biggest challenges that social business and online community professionals face is communicating their strategy to their peers and leadership. Getting buy-in from the right people in your organization can clear the way for your online community. Failing to develop understanding among your co-workers and executive backers can result in damage to your credibility on a personal level and competitive disadvantages and operational inefficiencies on a business level. Using online communities to achieve business objectives is still an emerging strategy for many companies. While many social business initiatives are not yet meeting their intended goals , each week we hear of new success stories . Some of this is due to the natural evolution of business technologies. However, many organizations are grabbing the reins and taking the necessary steps to make their online community strategies a measurable success. Successful social business plans start with rallying the troops inside your organization.
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Business Journal names Fastest Growing Firms

Paula Deen’s business partners vow to support her

are among the winners of The Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Firms awards. In all, The Business Journal is honoring 30 southeastern Wisconsin firms. All of the businesses saw substantial growth between 2010 and 2012. The Business Journal received more than 90 nominations for the award and the winners were chosen based on their percentage growth over the past three years. “Despite the many obstacles that companies face in their day-to-day operations, including a struggling economy, these firms have been able to overcome those obstacles and remain on track,” said Mark Kass, The Business Journal’s editor-in-chief. The winners will be honored in a special section in The Business Journal’s Aug. 16 print edition and at a luncheon on that day at The Pfister Hotel. The winners (in alphabetical order) are: Baptista’s Bakery Inc. Fox Bros.
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The business traveler tax threat

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Just make sure that your staff and family have downloaded Viber to their smartphones and have them listen for the distinctive ring. I’ve used Viber in India, Kuwait, Turkey and other far-flung places. Every time the quality has been great. Other options: Skype for voice, WhatsApp for texts. Kayak . I depend on the Kayak app to help me find and compare prices on flights and, to a lesser degree, hotels and car rentals. But you have to be connected via Wi-Fi or cellular to access data.
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Strategies: Best travel apps for small business

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And nine states don’t impose any income tax at all. So no fear they’ll hassle you. Meanwhile, the rules for when your employer must start withholding tax from your paycheck on behalf of the state you travel to are also all over the map. Indeed, in some states withholding rules don’t square with the filing rules for the business traveler. Quiz: Which state has the highest income tax rate? New York, for instance, requires that anyone who comes for business must file a nonresident return for income earned from day one. But those travelers’ employers are only required to start withholding New York tax if they work in the state for at least 14 days. Who follows the rules?
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Walmart ( WMT , Fortune 500 ), Target ( TGT , Fortune 500 ), Home Depot ( HD , Fortune 500 ), Sears ( SHLD , Fortune 500 ), JC Penney ( JCP , Fortune 500 ) and Caesars ( CZR , Fortune 500 ) have recently ended their deals with Deen while drugmaker Novo Nordisk ( NVO ) and home shopping channel QVC have suspended their dealings with the embattled celebrity chef. On Friday, President Jimmy Carter, whose Atlanta-based Carter Foundation is hosting a human rights forum this weekend, weighed in on the issue. “She was maybe excessively honest in saying that she had in the past, 30 years ago, used this terrible word,” Carter told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux. Carter, while not condoning Deen’s racial slurs, said she’s been punished enough and that he advised her to get the people she’s helping to speak up. Several of her business partners are doing just that, speaking up and pledging to stand by her. Many have issued letters of support for Deen. Sandridge Food Corporation, a fresh foods manufacturer that produces deli salads, soups, entrees, desserts, sauces and dips, released a statement Wednesday announcing its unwavering support for Deen. “Paula is a very caring person who has spent the majority of her life helping the less privileged and giving back,” said CEO Mark Sandridge. “As an organization, we believe she and her team are on the right track and we look forward to continuing to work together.” Related: Paula Deen business shaken by controversy Sandridge says he knows Deen personally and asserts the woman portrayed in the media is not the woman he knows. “The woman that I know is a very giving person; I do not believe she’s a racist whatsoever,” said Sandridge. “We know where she comes from and she is genuinely about equality for all.” Kevin Lyles, President and Chief Operating Officer of Club Marketing Services — which helps companies sell to Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club — affirmed his support for Deen.
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Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming month

THURSDAY, July 4 U.S. stock and bond market is closed for Independence Day. FRANKFURT, Germany European Central Banks governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone. FRIDAY, July 5 WASHINGTON Labor Department releases employment data for June, 8:30 a.m. BERLIN Germany releases May industrial orders figures. MONDAY, July 8 WASHINGTON Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for May, 3 p.m. BERLIN Germany releases May industrial production figures and export and import data for May. TUESDAY, July 9 WASHINGTON Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for May, 10 a.m. WEDNESDAY, July 10 WASHINGTON Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for May, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases minutes from its June interest-rate meeting. THURSDAY, July 11 WASHINGTON Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Treasury releases federal budget for June, 2 p.m. NEW YORK Selected chain retailers release June sales comparisons.
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Business Highlights

Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming month

He said he used to borrow money but is preparing to do without credit that might no longer be available as regulators try to force Chinese banks to cool a lending boom they worry could race out of control. A cash shortage that hit China’s credit markets this month was the first shock wave from what analysts say could be Beijing’s most drastic clampdown on credit in two decades. The central bank has called for tighter lending standards, which should reduce risk but is likely to reduce financing for a private sector that generates China’s new jobs and wealth. China will benefit in the long run from a safer financial system, but the short-term cost could be a painful squeeze on entrepreneurs. Some say a recovery that already was faltering could weaken further. US consumer sentiment stays near 6-year high WASHINGTON (AP) A measure of U.S.
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“Few executives are skilled at both analytics and intuition,” Davenport writes. “The goal, then, is to make analytical decisions while preserving the role of the executive’s gut.” MORE: China’s hostage-taking is a relic Karl Kempf, for one, agrees. Kempf is a senior scientist who heads a decision engineering group at Intel ( INTC ), and whose nicknames around the company are UberQuant and Chief Mathematician. Even so, Kempf believes that good quantitative decisions “are not about the math. They’re about the relationships.” Notes Davenport, “If someone referred to as the Chief Mathematician declares that it’s not about the math, we should pay attention.” Keeping Up with the Quants goes into fascinating detail about how Intel and other successful companies — including Verizon Wireless ( VZ ), TD Bank Group ( TD ), and Merck ( MRK ) — help managers and data scientists understand each other well enough to collaborate effectively. In Intel’s case, Kempf sends the “math people” charged with solving a problem on a kind of junior year abroad among non-math types, to listen, learn, and pick up some general business knowledge. “At most, the analyst can be trained, as a new hire would be, to participate in the business process,” Davenport writes. “Kempf judges the low bar for success as when the math person thinks he or she understands the business problem. The high bar is when the business person thinks the math person understands the business problem.” For their part, executives may need to brush up on their algebra. “The business person doesn’t have to understand, for example, hyperbolic partial differential equations,” Davenport writes.
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Teaching business poets and quants to make nice

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MONDAY, July 15 WASHINGTON Commerce Department releases retail sales data for June, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for May, 10 a.m. TUESDAY, July 16 WASHINGTON Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for June, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for June, 9:15 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for July, 10 a.m. BERLIN Germanys ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europes biggest economy. WEDNESDAY, July 17 WASHINGTON Commerce Department releases housing starts for June, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m. THURSDAY, July 18 WASHINGTON Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Conference Board releases leading indicators for June, 10 a.m.
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Small business owners support Obama’s clean energy and environmental policies, poll shows

Can First Business Financial Double?

Theres a recognition that these clean energy policies really are better for their financial bottom lines. During a speech in Washington on Tuesday, Obama announced several ambitious proposals aimed at reversing recent climate changes and making the country more self-sufficient. Most notably, he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon dioxide emissions for coal- and gas-powered utilities by 2015. I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet thats beyond fixing, Obama told students during the event at Georgetown University. Small business owners support that objective, too. Nearly two-thirds think the EPA should cap emissions in existing power plants, including 86 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Republicans. More than half of employers believe the government should also encourage banks to consider environmental criteria when evaluating loan applications and investment opportunities, according to the poll, which was based on 515 responses from employers with fewer than 100 employees. Sixty-three percent support a government mandate that would require 20 percent of electricity to be generated from sustainable energy sources. Its a slightly surprising stance from a group that is often considered purely anti-regulations and anti-government involvement, but one small business owner noted that these rules would mainly affect large energy and electricity producers, not firms on Main Street. Susan Labandibar, president of Tech Networks of Boston in South Boston, Mass., added that devastation from recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and the twisters in the Midwest, has probably prompted some small employers to take climate shifts more seriously.
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we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time.” The annual “Paula Deen Cruise” forges full steam ahead , however, with two trips booked for 2014, and sales of her cookbooks are skyrocketing . The status of her business relationships with companies that carry her cookware line and other products — such asTarget, Sears, Walmart and QVC — remains up in the air. As for her bimonthly magazine, Cooking With Paula Deen , Hoffman Media remains mum on whether it will continue the publication and has maintained it does not condone “discrimination of any kind.” And althoughDeenis set to release a new book, Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, in mid-October, Random House says it’s “closely monitoring the situation” surrounding the comfort-food icon. The 66-year-old Deen, who’s embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former restaurant employee, fervently dismissed charges of racism when grilled by Matt Lauer while in the Today show hot seat, saying:”If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me.
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Paula Deen Business Partners Write Letters of Support

(click to enlarge) Next, we are going to look at the company’s deposit composition. Since 2008, most deposit types increased dramatically for First Business Financial. The only exception was the brokered deposits. Excluding the brokered deposits, the bank is looking at a compound annual growth rate of 18% between 2008 and 2012. During the same time period, the cost of deposits fell from 3.55% to 0.96%. This is partly because of strong execution and partly because of historically low interest rates. (click to enlarge) (click to enlarge) The bank’s asset quality has also been on the increase recently. In 2009, non-performing assets made up 2.64% of the bank’s assets and this percentage rose to 3.63% in 2010. Currently, only 1.03% of the company’s assets are in the non-performing assets classification, which is a huge improvement. Texas ratio, a metric that measures credit-health of a bank has also been on the decline.
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Business Is Personal for Small Business Owners

World Business Chicago gives Kickstarter another try

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Nearly half of the small businesses polled say conditions are good or excellent, up 24% since 2010. And the number of business owners who believe conditions are poor is at the lowest level (14%) in three years. While about half still fault sales for preventing them from achieving business goals, just as many business owners project improved sales this year and next, says Jerome Byers, head of Citibank Small Business. A more positive view on business may translate to more jobs.
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What Nature Can Teach Business About Adapting To Threats

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Its a growing concern, with four of ten consumers now doing it, as SAP CMO Jonathan Becher points out. When I heard about it I suspected that the issue might be more complex than simply shifting customers from offline to online. Then I discovered a curious parallel. As you may recall from school, flowering plants co-evolved with insects doing most of the pollination work, getting nectar or seeds in exchange for their services. Some plants even go so far as to add caffeine to their nectar, which boosts the memories of bees, making it easier for them to remember where the plants are on their next nectar run. Dealing with Threats Requires a Flexible Approach While this is a nice and tidy example of mutualism, what the teachers usually leave out is the fact that plants also have to deal with other not-so-cooperative insects as well, insects that exploit the nectar without pollinating the plants just as some consumers feed on retailers costly showrooms while offering nothing in return. The lesson that nature offers to business in this case is to be creative and flexible in our response to such threats. For example, some plants bloom late in the season to shorten the time window that the exploiting insects have to cause damage. Of course, the insects respond by getting to the plants as early as possible during the time window, before the mutualists have a chance to do the right thing. However, thats not the end of it.
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College Business Majors Top the Underemployed List

“Drones can pose a hazard to aircraft, people or property on the ground,” said FAA spokesman, Les Dorr. The agency is worried about a Wild West climate that if left unchecked could get someone seriously hurt. The FAA has launched 23 recent investigations into complaints of illegal drones, according to a Freedom of Information Act request by television station WRTV in Indianapolis, Ind. In one case, the FAA proposed a $10,000 fine against drone business Team BlackSheep for buzzing the University of Virginia campus while making a promotional video. According to the FAA, Team BlackSheep was flying recklessly and had some students ducking for cover. Raphael Pirker, co-founder of Team BlackSheep, denies endangering anyone and says he was not paid for the filming. Pirker and other drone entrepreneurs say their aircraft are safe and reliable, and pose no threat to people or privacy. The business of drones is mature and ready to grow, they argue. Making matters more frustrating, they say, is that these companies have tens of thousands of dollars invested in drone equipment and are seeing their businesses grind to a halt.
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Small Business Week Special: Keeping Main Street Alive

A group seeking $27,000 for a public art project in Logan Square received $3,304 in pledges. “We would have loved to see more of them get funded, but we knew it was more important to create variety in funding goals and projects in the non-profit space and the small business space and test what works best,” said Katie Olson, strategy manager for World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. For the next round of Seed Chicago, funding targets will be capped at $10,000. Olson said some of the large fundraising goals in the first batch might have been overwhelming to potential donors, especially when they were for broad projects such as establishing an entire small business. Applicants for the second round of Seed Chicago will have to take a narrower focus. World Business Chicago is also adding an extra layer of vetting by requiring that applicants first get approval from Kickstarter. In the pilot, Seed Chicago organizers realized close to launch time that some campaigns “weren’t the best fit for Kickstarter’s platform, but by then, we’d identified the projects and worked with them so closely,” Olson said. “This time around, we will…work with Kickstarter staff to really hone in on a project that could be funded, based on the types of projects that Kickstarter backers tend to support,” she added. Fluency in social media and crowdfunding in general helped Seed Chicago’s successful projects, since they were able to reach out to their networks and rally donors. Olson said World Business Chicago will provide planning and campaign management tools to project leaders. For the second round of Seed Chicago, organizers are looking for at least 20 campaigns.
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Illegal drone business thrives in US

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For the purposes of this study, underemployment refers to workers with a bachelors degree (but nothing higher) working in jobs that require an associates degree or less. PayScale used the Bureau of Labor Statistics designation of job zones , with zones one, two, and three referring to positions that do not require a bachelors degree. College graduates with jobs in these zones were considered underemployed. Its important to note that Payscale chose the 10 college majors featured on its list from a longer list of 25 college majors. Less common majors were eliminated, so while fashion design majors, dance majors, and hotel management and tourism majors have higher underemployment figures than business administration and management, they werent included on the list because of their relative scarcity in the workforce. PayScale found that respondents with a bachelors degree in business administration and management are likely to find themselves working as retail store assistant managers, credit or collections managers, and waiters and waitresses. The salaries those positions earn are not the stuff of hedge fund dreams. Those retail jobs, for all majors, pay a median starting salary of $32,400. And the waiters?
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Business Success: How to Become a Rock Star at Work

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Its likely no surprise that I wholeheartedly agree with Lendio Co-founder and CEO Brock Blake when he suggested earlier this week , Im going to go out on a limb and guess that when you think of a small business, you arent thinking of the same type of business the SBA does when they think of small business. Youre probably thinking of the local gas station, hair salon, or retail store you frequent down the street. In fact, its likely you know the owner or manager by name. You probably dont consider the 1,000-person company that operates in your state the same way as the Main Street businesses you regularly patronize? Me neither. Ive spent the last 30+ years of my career in small business. Most of it in the Main Street type of businesses you and I (and Brock) identify with. Ive even spent several years in a $30 million dollar software company that felt like a big business to me, but is considered by the SBA to be a small business. Ive owned a business or two and been an employee in a few more. Ive experienced first hand how difficult it is to find capital when your revenues arent huge, you only have a couple of employees, and you only need $10 or $20 thousand dollars to expand and thrive.
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German Business Confidence Increases on Signs of Recovery

in Frankfurt, compared with $1.3111 before the report. The currency is down 0.1 percent today. Global stocks, bonds and commodities declined and Chinese equities entered a bear market. Germanys economy expanded 0.1 percent in the first quarter of this year after shrinking 0.7 percent in the final three months of 2012. Exports rose 1.9 percent April from March, beating economists estimates in a Bloomberg survey, data from the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden showed this month. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on June 6 in Frankfurt that exports are a primary driver of growth for the 17-nation euro-area. Beiersdorf AG (BEI), the German maker of Nivea skin cream, on May 2 reported first-quarter profit that exceeded estimates as higher emerging-market sales countered a drop in western Europe. China Slowdown Todays Ifo index shows that there has not been any overwhelming China angst among German companies, said Andreas Rees, chief Germany economist at UniCredit Research in Munich. German companies have been able to withstand the recent downward pressure coming from the Chinese economy. This is not a small achievement, given that both Chinese soft and hard data kept on coming in on a weak note in the last few months. Chinas Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) fell 5.3 percent today, the most in four years, after the central bank signaled it will maintain efforts to curb speculative lending and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
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Handing Over Keys Business Sale or Apartment Rental

This is a good way to manage your boss expectations and timelines. It allows your boss to respond accordingly whether its giving the task to another team member or providing you additional support to complete the task. Its not cool to say you know and then show that you dont. Listen and do: Learn to listen and follow the direction your given. And well, just learn. Its not okay to just hear the direction and do your own thing. If your boss tells you how to do something, or how they want something done, then do it that way.
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Small Business Service: The Know, Like, Trust Factor

Dual USB ports mean it can provide power to two devices at the same time. A built-in AC adapter lets you plug it into a wall when you need to top it up before throwing into a carry-on bag, purse or backpack. Four LED status lights tell you how much power is left on the Travelpak+. It also doubles as a nightlight when plugged into the wall, if desired. TO SERVE AND PROTECT Whether you’re a klutz or work in harsh environments, a rugged smartphone or tablet case is the best way to protect your investment. While many have tried to take ownership of the category, OtterBox is still the king of tough cases. The company’s Defender Series products (from $34.95) safeguard your phone or tab in three ways: a clear membrane that covers the screen, a hard polycarbonate skeleton that surrounds the smartphone and a wrap-around silicone skin that absorbs bumps. Available for Android, iPhone, Kindle, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices, some of these super-durable cases also include a swivel belt clip that doubles as a small stand for viewing video. KEYS, PLEASE Smartphones and tablets have a number of benefits over personal computers they’re more portable, affordable and can last most of the day on a single charge.
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College Business Majors Top the Underemployed List

Typically people have ideas in markets where they have some experience and existing connections. If you cant immediately come up with a list of 10 potential customers that you could eventually sell to, then you are going to have a hard time when you actually have a product ready. For a service, proof is actually delivering on what you offer. If you have a new methodology for dog walking, offer to walk someones dog for free to test it out and get feedback on what worked and what didnt. Rami Essaid: First of all, the concept of giving your idea away needs to go away. If your idea can easily be implemented or copied, then chances are this idea is more of a feature and less of a stand-alone solution. Since you mention this as a service, have you identified who would buy this service? What types of companies are those? Who in those companies would buy it?
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Business Rx: Answering your entre­pre­neur­ship questions

General Electric ( GE ) asked my company, frog, to help them develop a company-wide UX strategy that would guide product development across diverse business units. GE is known for its jet engines, power plants, and other heavy industrial machines , yet it is also a major producer of software to run, monitor, and maintain those machines. We collaborated with GE to create UX Central, an online hub that provides all GE’s employees with a common language and understanding of user-centric software development. In the process we helped GE demonstrate the business value of a comprehensive UX strategy, and they have used it to design cutting-edge software applications that help customers optimize industrial equipment from jet engines to power plants. MORE: Apple’s new MacBook Air is the ultimate road warrior’s notebook An effective UX strategy not only complements and strengthens a brand, it can uncover new forms of value. German logistics company Agheera, a spin-off from global courier company DHL, asked frog to help create a virtual gateway to track shipments, assets, and related business processes. Agheera tracks cargo around the world using sensors, which indicate whether a package has left a factory or arrived at a warehouse. But the greater value, and what sensors cannot reveal on their own, is the real-time status of a package: whether it is banging around on a freighter or whether the container has been compromised. We helped design an online tracking portal for real-time logistics management that can be used on a smartphone, as well as a software development kit and a marketplace of software extensions, which let anyone create and sell their own applications to extend the capabilities of Agheera’s platform. So everyone from airline pilots to power plant engineers to logistics managers responds to a great UX.
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For the purposes of this study, underemployment refers to workers with a bachelors degree (but nothing higher) working in jobs that require an associates degree or less. PayScale used the Bureau of Labor Statistics designation of job zones , with zones one, two, and three referring to positions that do not require a bachelors degree. College graduates with jobs in these zones were considered underemployed. Its important to note that Payscale chose the 10 college majors featured on its list from a longer list of 25 college majors.
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Even business brands need effective UX

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The annual event features work by more than 175 artists, including jewelry, painting, sculpture and photography. Funds raised by the event help acquire new art for the museum’s collection. “Over the past 50 years, the proceeds from the (festival) have helped the museum acquire 250 new works of art,” said Daniel Keegan , director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Several Milwaukee-area businesses help put on the event, including Quad/Graphics Inc., PNC Financial Services Group, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Hawks Landscape Inc.
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Business, arts mix at lakefront festival: Slideshow

Guests were allowed inside the Milwaukee Art Museum to check out the exhibits.

Solving problems is your real product not your widget or your services. Anyone and everyone does that. It is you, your service and your ability to meet the customer/prospect needs that will drive your business. You already know that people buy from people . You are people not just your brand or your company.
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Business Is Personal for Small Business Owners

Business coalitions warn Florida’s failure to expand Medicaid will hurt them

And the number of business owners who believe conditions are poor is at the lowest level (14%) in three years. “While about half still fault sales for preventing them from achieving business goals, just as many business owners project improved sales this year and next,” says Jerome Byers, head of Citibank Small Business. A more positive view on business may translate to more jobs. Just over a quarter of small business owners say they will hire within the next year – an 11% increase over last summer. Additionally, 13% of owners plan to add a new location. Business and Personal Finances Are Mixed The number of entrepreneurs who have used personal savings to support their business has dropped in the past year, from 62% to 37%. But nearly half of business owners are still using personal credit accounts for their business.
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Handing Over Keys Business Sale or Apartment Rental

Related The Threat Of A Declining China Sponsorship Link According to the survey, the Asia Business Sentiment Index improved for a third-straight quarter to hit a reading of 71 in June, its highest level in more than a year. A reading of above 50 indicates an overall positive outlook.  The survey reflects the broad economic trends in the region, where companies in Japan, Australia and South Korea showed more optimism about their business outlook, while sentiment in Southeast Asia was mixed. “If you go back a year ago, there is a lot of concern about the global economy – a hard landing in China, a collapse in Europe, and a double dip in the U.S. Some of those fears are still around, but they have certainly faded over the course of last year,” said Shane Oliver, chief at AMP Capital Investors, according to the report.  The Asia Business Sentiment Index stood at 65 in the first quarter of 2013, edging up 2 points from the previous quarter. Business outlook among Japanese companies showed solid improvement as the world’s third-largest economy expanded at a faster pace than expected in the last quarter, helped by aggressive stimulus measures.
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Asia Business Sentiment Upbeat In Second Quarter: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Survey

A panel displays stock indexes of Asian markets at an exhibition hall of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

It also doubles as a nightlight when plugged into the wall, if desired. TO SERVE AND PROTECT Whether you’re a klutz or work in harsh environments, a rugged smartphone or tablet case is the best way to protect your investment. While many have tried to take ownership of the category, OtterBox is still the king of tough cases. The company’s Defender Series products (from $34.95) safeguard your phone or tab in three ways: a clear membrane that covers the screen, a hard polycarbonate skeleton that surrounds the smartphone and a wrap-around silicone skin that absorbs bumps. Available for Android, iPhone, Kindle, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices, some of these super-durable cases also include a swivel belt clip that doubles as a small stand for viewing video. KEYS, PLEASE Smartphones and tablets have a number of benefits over personal computers — they’re more portable, affordable and can last most of the day on a single charge. But as LaBar lamented, an all-touch interface isn’t as conducive for typing while taking notes, writing lengthy e-mails or cranking out reports. Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 ($89.99) is powered by any light — be it a small lamp, overhead light or the sun’s rays. Fully charged it’ll work for at least three months, even in total darkness, claims the company. This Bluetooth keyboard works specifically with Apple’s iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) as well as Macs, but Logitech also offers Android and Windows 8-based wireless keyboards.
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14, 2014, to decide. Meanwhile, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz have been touring the state for post-session town hall meetings and have said they have no plans to address Medicaid expansion soon. “It’s really frustrating to see there hasn’t been any discussion,’’ said Karen van Caulil, president of the Florida Health Care Coalition which represents some of the state’s largest businesses, in a conference call organized by the League of Women Voters. Kramer said that large employers want states such as Florida to accept the federal offer and business groups are ramping up efforts to get the word out in time to persuade legislators to change course. The Affordable Care Act assumed that all states would expand Medicaid rolls and the number of uninsured would shrink, Kramer said, so the federal government is phasing out the funds for uncompensated care. That will work in 24 states that are moving forward with plans to expand Medicaid, Kramer said.
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NBA, Inc.: Big Business of Basketball

Post to Facebook Top business accessories for your phone, tablet on USAToday.com: http://usat.ly/11Y46uf Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Tweeted! A tweet has been posted to your Twitter account. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. More small businesses choose Verizon Wireless than any other carrier. Find out why. Close Top business accessories for your phone, tablet Entrepreneur Richard LaBar uses his bluetooth keyboard with the Ipad Mini in USA TODAY’s Small Business Tech Talk series.
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“If you go back a year ago, there is a lot of concern about the global economy – a hard landing in China, a collapse in Europe, and a double dip in the U.S. Some of those fears are still around, but they have certainly faded over the course of last year,” said Shane Oliver, chief at AMP Capital Investors, according to the report.  The Asia Business Sentiment Index stood at 65 in the first quarter of 2013, edging up 2 points from the previous quarter. Business outlook among Japanese companies showed solid improvement as the world’s third-largest economy expanded at a faster pace than expected in the last quarter, helped by aggressive stimulus measures. The index surged to a three-year high of 63, sharply up from 50 in the last quarter. On the other hand, corporate sentiment in China, the world’s second-largest economy, remained subdued after a drop in the last quarter. The index remained at an all-time low of 50 as global uncertainty and rising costs continued to weigh on Chinese firms’ outlook for the future. “So whilst companies in Asia still worry about China, it’s about whether the growth is 7.5 percent or 7.8. Some of the more extreme fears that were seen a year ago continue to fade, showing a gradual pick-up in company optimism,” Oliver said. Meanwhile, India’s business sentiment index declined to a three-and-half year low of 63 in June. Of the four respondents, two were positive, one neutral and one negative.
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Asia Business Sentiment Upbeat In Second Quarter: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Survey

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The Telegraph RBS, LLOYDS AND BARCLAYS ‘MAKE UP 90 PCT OF 25 BLN STG BLACK HOLE’ The City regulator is to trigger one of the biggest ever capital raising efforts after laying bare funding gaps that amount to a 25 billion pound blackhole hidden in Britain’s banks. () BSKYB INVESTIGATED OVER BT ‘ABUSE OF POWER’ CLAIM ON FOOTBALL RIGHTS BT Group’s battle with BSkyB over Premier League football rights has sparked an investigation by the communications watchdog over claims the satellite broadcaster is abusing its power by refusing to wholesale the Sky Sports channels on reasonable terms. () The Guardian FEDERAL RESERVE HINTS IT COULD END STIMULUS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, said that if forecasts for the country’s economic recovery are correct the bank could end its asset purchase scheme next summer, with the winding-down process due to start this year. () DOLCE AND GABBANA CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION The fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been convicted of tax evasion after being found guilty of failing to declare 1 billion euros in income. () The Times BT CHIEF EXECUTIVE IAN LIVINGSTON QUITS TO BECOME TRADE AND INVESTMENT MINISTER Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, the former HSBC Holdings chairman, will step down as Trade and Investment Minister and be replaced by Ian Livingston, the chief executive of BT Group.
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Business, labor groups urge Senate to pass immigration bill

Basketball gods. — bronze of these — – Kevin who wins. Green. Colby Bryant suites wish today more than ever these players are brands. Raking in millions of dollars. More than fifty in BA players made at least ten million dollars this past season. In salaries alone. I think this is the first time in — – history that — had this this big of a number of players that. You know are very marketable and are you know performing at such a high level. More and more fans are turning it on television.
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PRESS DIGEST – British Business – June 20

When the Senate Judiciary Committee debated the bill last month, another dispute flared over the visa program for high-tech workers. Discussions about a partnership between NAM and SEIU, which represents 2.1 million members, including healthcare workers, teachers and janitors, have been going on for months, said Joe Trauger, vice president of human resources policy at NAM. The letter comes as the Democratic-controlled Senate is seeking to pass the immigration bill before the July 4 holiday weekend, which would send the issue to the House of Representatives. The bill, which is backed by President Barack Obama, faces its steepest challenge in the Republican-dominated House.
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