February 6, 2016

By: Carolyn Winston and Addison Sims Hosts, Let’s Talk Biz

During an election year small businesses, nonprofits and individuals can play a key role in changing the political and economic landscape.  Candidates seek voting blocks to help ensure they are elected or re-elected.  It is a great time for all Americans to advocate for better and permanent change.  Let’s Talk Biz’s guests this week were Daniel Koh, Chief of Staff to Arianna Huffington and  Lance Gould , Executive Education Editor of the Huffington Post. We talked about their new national initiative, Opportunity: What Is Working – A Bipartisan Search for Solutions to the Jobs Crisis.

The Huffington Post is being proactive in seeking solutions to job creation with their new bipartisan strategic partnership initiative at the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC)  teaming up with LinkedIn, Starbucks, Microsoft, NBC News, and major foundations to shine a spotlight on job creation during the RNC, Tampa, Florida, August 27-30, 2012 with a panel/lunch/expo,  Wednesday, August 9th and the DNC, Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6, 2012 with a panel/lunch/expo, Wednesday, September 5th.

Such a strategic partnership can be important to the more than 20 million Americans whom are unemployed or under employed.   With an initiative tapping into job creation, creativity, ingenuity, and compassion perhaps the long wait to become employed will be shortened.   The Small Business Administration reported small businesses, in the past decade, created 60-80 percent of new jobs. Currently, 3.4 million jobs remain unfilled. Do Americans lack the necessary skills and/or do we need to better communicate where the jobs are?  If small businesses have slowed hiring because of a distressed economy and limited access to capital then where is the funding, where are the jobs, and where does one obtain training to fill the jobs? Let’s Talk Biz’s hosts will be watching and listening, so we can keep you abreast of all changes, opportunities and possibilities.  For more information visit: huffingtonpost.com.

Check out Let’s Talk Biz’s pick of the week at letstalkbiz.biz. Don’t forget to register for Let’s Talk Biz’s on-going marketing support seminars.  Next week wetalk with Congressman John Mica, Chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, about the new Transportation Law (MAP 21) and its impact on small businesses and job creation.  Until we meet next week, keep talking biz.

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