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This report focuses on the vital role that America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners play in strengthening the U.S. economy. The Obama Administration has put new initiatives and increased incentives in place to support small businesses – including seventeen tax cuts, improved access to capital and expanded support for high growth businesses – as they continue to out‐compete, and out‐innovate the rest of the world. Over the past two and a half years, President Obama has enacted sweeping changes to support, reinvest, and revitalize America’s economy in the wake of a major recession. As a result, large U.S. firms are now making powerful new investments, including building new facilities and buying new equipment. With regards to job creation, however, we know that America’s small businesses pack the biggest punch, creating two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. These small businesses are the cornerstone of our communities. They are the source of pride for working families. And, every day, we see America’s entrepreneurs continue to step out and take risks with new ideas in order to help us win the future. This report details the many investments this Administration has made since January 2009 to support small businesses, investments that include: expanding access to capital, supporting startups and high‐growth firms, training America’s workforce, reducing barriers to entrepreneurship, increasing small business exports, and much more.
by Kevin Watson 1 IMS Business Report 2014 by KevinWatson.net The IMS Business Report 2014 covers five different aspects of the industry 1 2 3 4 5 Music Sales of tracks by country and analysis of most popular tune DJs & Live Acts Profiles of leading artists, including social media following Clubs & Festivals Popularity of festivals and focus on Indian market Companies & Brands Key players in industry, recent M&A activity and partnerships Industry Overall Updated estimate of value and growth of Dance Music globally Hint: follow the sections through the report by looking for the starred number at the top of each page IMS Business Report 2014 by KevinWatson.net 2 1 Music In the USA, Dance was the only genre to achieve positive growth in digital track sales in 2013 USA Digital Track Sales by Genre (YoY % Change 2013) • For the second year in a row, Dance was the highest growing genre in terms of tracks sold
Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector: Transforming the Nation’s Electric Grid by Training Skilled Workers The deployment of a smart grid—modernizing the Nation’s electric power infrastructure—is currently in the public eye with attention paid predominantly to deployment of advanced equipment, technologies and applications. A less prominent but equally vital factor to the smart grid’s success is the need for a highly skilled electric power sector workforce. The current labor force is aging; a considerable number of the most knowledgeable workers are headed toward retirement. Furthermore, even the most experienced workers often lack the updated skills and training needed to successfully support the advanced systems, tools and devices that make up the smart grid. Critical electric power workforce challenges are highlighted in estimates provided by the U.S. Power and Engineering Collaborative.1 Approximately 45 percent of power system engineers will be eligible for retirement within five years [of the 2009 report date]. Electric utilities will need to hire over 7,000 new power engineers, and two or three times that number of professional engineers may be needed to satisfy the needs of the entire economy. In addition, about 40 percent of key power engineering faculty at U.S. universities will be eligible for retirement in five years. According to the Collaborative, “Few people doubt that, when they flip the switch, the power will be on. Aging trends in the electrical engineering workforce and in existing infrastructure will make it difficult to meet these reliability expectations unless action is taken today. Engineering workforce shortages are already occurring.” To address this need, the U.S.... infrastructure—is ...
Since 2001, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in Gaza have fired thousands of rockets deliberately or indiscriminately at civilian areas in Israel. Such attacks virtually stopped during a ceasefire that began in June 2008 but escalated in November 2008 after an Israeli military incursion into Gaza. The rocket attacks continued during and since Israel’s three-week-long military offensive in Gaza that began on December 27. Palestinian rocket attacks – which have killed three Israeli civilians and wounded dozens of others since November – are an ongoing threat to the nearly 800,000 Israeli civilians who live and work in range of the rockets. Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups have sought to justify the attacks as appropriate reprisals for Israeli military operations and the ongoing blockade against Gaza, and as a lawful response to the Israeli occupation of Gaza. As noted below, international humanitarian law (the “laws of war”) does not support these asserted justifications. While Hamas has at times significantly decreased the level of rocket fire from Gaza, including by pressuring other armed groups to stop unauthorized attacks, it has taken no apparent action to prosecute or otherwise hold accountable Hamas forces or other Palestinian armed groups for launching unlawful rocket attacks against Israeli civilian areas. The rockets fired by Hamas and other armed groups are primarily locally made “Qassam” rockets, with a range of 16 kilometers. A smaller number are Soviet-designed “Grad” rockets, with a 21-kilometer range. The rockets have hit Israeli cities and towns close to the 1949 armistice line between Gaza and Israel, primarily Sderot; in 2008, rockets also struck Ashkelon and Netivot. Since late December 2008, some longer-range rockets have struck as far as 40 kilometers inside Israel, including, for the first time, the cities of Beer Sheva and Ashdod.
http://www.fslandscape.com | Our employees are uniformed, trained, equipped properly for both safety and efficiency. Each crew writes a daily work report of their property of the day and takes pictures with camera phones to explain clearly a problem or condition that may need attention. All account managers and irrigators communicate by phone and email to all customers. Pictures of irrigation repairs are sent with estimates prior to work being done.
Dear Mr. Chairman: In August 1993, the Congress authorized the 10-year Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program to help selected distressed communities develop comprehensive approaches for dealing with their social and economic problems. In December 1994, over 100 communities were designated as federal empowerment zones and enterprise communities. These communities will receive about $1 billion in federal grants, as well as tax benefits for certain businesses located in the communities.1 In 1997, the Congress authorized the designation of 22 additional empowerment zones, 2 of which—Los Angeles and Cleveland—the administration has already designated. In addition, Members of the Congress have introduced legislative proposals to further extend this program or provide for similar programs.2 To learn how the program is working, you asked us to (1) examine the progress made by the federal empowerment zones in implementing the program, (2) describe the steps taken by the two responsible federal agencies—the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to monitor and evaluate the existing zones’ progress, and (3) describe the status of steps to designate the second group of empowerment zones. This report focuses on six zones that we visited—three urban (Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York City) and three rural (the Rio Grande Valley, the Kentucky Highlands, and the Mississippi Mid-Delta) empowerment zones, all of which were designated in 1994. As agreed with your office, the report focuses on the empowerment zones’ progress in implementing economic development activities.
(a) These rules are intended to supplement the Civil Local Rules of this District to facilitate the speedy, fair and efficient resolution of patent disputes. (b) These rules apply to all civil actions filed in or transferred to this Court which allege infringement of a utility patent in a complaint, counterclaim, cross-claim or third party claim, or which seek a declaratory judgment that a utility patent is not infringed, is invalid or is unenforceable. (c) The Court may modify the obligations or deadlines set forth in these Patent Local Rules based on the circumstances of any particular case, by stipulation of all parties, on motion of a party or on the Court’s own motion. The parties shall meet and confer prior to filing any motion seeking a modification of the obligations or deadlines set forth in these Patent Local Rules. Such meeting shall take place prior to the filing of the Joint Preliminary Report and Discovery Plan, and any such motion shall be filed no later than the filing of the Joint Preliminary Report and Discovery Plan. LPR 1.3.
The global baby food market comprises foods recommended for the special nutrition of babies and infants. The baby food market is categorized as baby formula, dried baby food, and prepared baby food.
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