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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

White House Meets with Business Leaders for New Economic Design for U.S Recovery

With lingering difficulties for the economy, members of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) met with President Barack Obama's Economic Development teams last week to lay out innovative strategies and policies to build the U.S. economy.

ASBC met with Don Graves, from the President's Council on Jobs and Development, Greg Nelson, White House Office of Public Engagement, Ari Matusiak, White House Business Council, and representatives from the National Economic Council, Council of Economic Advisors and Domestic Policy Council, Department of Labor, Department of Treasury, and the Office of Science & Technology Policy.

The ASBC members presented their ideas and opportunities to help drive a new economy and put Americans back to work. Positions on issues include:

  • Small business access to capital
  • Realistic Tax Policy
  • Manufacturing in America
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Opportunity to grow businesses while growing goods and services that meet the needs of communities and the environment.

This important engagement was in response to their interests not being represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or the National Federation of Independent Business.

"ASBC represents over 100,000 businesses and more than 200,000 entrepreneurs, owners, executives, investors and business professionals committed to advancing a new vision and policies that build a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable economy, supporting the Administration and Congress to rebuild the economy," David Levine, Co-founder and Executive Director, said in a press release.

According to Allan Oliver, CEO of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, "The answer to today's stagnant economy is right in front of us: local communities taking advantages of the many opportunities of the clean energy economy. Our member businesses are already building profits and creating new jobs in these rapidly emerging industries."

"A key issue discussed during the meeting was guaranteeing small businesses access to affordable capital," said Frank Knapp with the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC). "Boosting local economies by helping small businesses create jobs is a high priority."

Connie Evans, CEO of the Association For Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) explained, "If the economy is going to bounce back it must happen on Main Street. 'Micro' or very small business, represents more than 80% of all businesses in the U.S. If just 1/3 of all micro businesses hired one employee, the U.S. would be at full employment."

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce is a member of the American Sustainable Business Council and represents over 1,100 businesses investing in people, protecting our air, land and water, and creating long-term profit. For more info, visit www.asbcouncil.org and www.nmgreenchamber.com.

June 7, 2011 at 09:27 AM in Business, Economy, Populism, Guest Blogger, Jobs, Obama Administration | Permalink


sounds like they are rehashing old outdated paradigms.
We do not need more "growth" we need to change our way of doing things to a more cyclic nature putting back what we take out. We need to get away from linear extraction, use and then throw away paradigm. Entropy, S, must be accounted for and minimized in every equation describing our systems.
Next, we have to design our systems to achieve humanistic goals rather than profit. These goals would be for quality of life, higher evolving culture, emotional maturity, intelligence, personal health and athleticism.
Population rate/increase exceeds our employment rate at present. That is unsustainable. Employment itself must be made more adaptable to meet the needs of a highly evolved population of people. For example, the work hours desperately need to be cut to 20 hours a week while doubling the minimum wage, and wages in general or more. That would solve unemployment and allow time for the cultivation of our human spirits. Profits should be capped at 2 percent or less. Profit represents parasitism on our self-sustaining systems. Human beings have been scientifically shown to be more productive and creative by intrinsic motivation rather than external drives like more money.
We need to drive more localized economies and stop shipping so much. Perhaps we could only ship raw materials and resources and have local economies generate goods and services from them. That would take care of unemployment and develop expertize and pride of craftsmanship. Our lives would be more meaningful and fulfilling as we make our own food, shoes, clothes and stuff at small local businesses and shops. Each productive individual must be guaranteed a decent and dignified livelihood.

Posted by: qofdisks | Jun 8, 2011 11:07:37 AM