How Are Strategic Partnerships Working To Bring Job Hiring Solutions To Individuals And Small Businesses In This Political Climate?

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. 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: www.huffingtonpost.com.

What is the Let’s Talk Biz’s Pick of the week?

Let’s Talk Biz’s pick of the week is Square (www.square.com), an electronic payment device.  Square allows small businesses and nonprofits to accept credit card payments anywhere with an iPhone, Android or iPad. There are two ways you can get started with Square: download a free Square app to manually enter credit payment details on the phone, or swipe Square’s card reader device, a small plastic card reader.  Square is a useful app for entrepreneurs, those in the service industry, traditional retailers, food trucks, etc.  President Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns use Square for fundraising.  Square allows customers to set up tabs and pay with their names. It also enables users to send electronic receipts.

Don’t forget to register for Let’s Talk Biz’s on-going marketing support seminars.  Next week we talk 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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