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Earth Day Survey Shows Eco-conscious Companies are Growing on Job Seekers

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In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, TheLadders released a new survey revealing that job seekers go for the green when making a decision about their future employer. In fact, when offered two equal job opportunities, 72 percent of candidates would choose the more eco-conscious company versus 10 percent who said that they would not. Less than a fifth (18 percent) said it would not influence their decision. TheLadders surveyed more than 100 professionals in the following industries: construction, education, engineering, finance, human resources, law, marketing, medical/science, operations, real estate, sales and technology.

TheLadders Earth Day survey also revealed other key learnings:

New Intellectual Property Resources Available

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MBDA

IP Awareness AssessmentThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) Awareness Assessment Tool designed to help manufacturers, businesses, entrepreneurs and independent inventors easily assess their knowledge of intellectual property (IP). 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Seeks Comments On JOBS Act Rulemaking

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MBDA

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced it will begin accepting comments from the public as the agency sets out to make rules required under the recently-signed Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

Under a process first utilized with the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the public will be able to comment before the agency even proposes its regulatory reform rules and amendments.

SBA Announces Small Business Video Contest: Tell Your Story!

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SBA News

Do you have a small business story to tell? Every business has one. Tell your story to the SBA and your video may appear at National Small Business Week, SBA’s marquee event that attracts hundreds of small business owners, Fortune 500 company executives, Members of Congress and Obama Administration officials.

In celebration of National Small Business Week 2012, SBA is looking for creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been helped by an SBA program or service.  The contest will raise awareness of the importance of SBA programs, and the impact the small businesses that use them have in their local communities.  

Strategic Business Partnership

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MBDA

Strategic Business PartnershipForming strategic business relationships is a way to enhance the competitive advantage of a minority-owned firms and increase success in securing business that might otherwise go to another supplier.  Business relationships take on many forms, from simple contractual relationships to acquisitions. But overall, these relationships are enduring business arrangements falling somewhere on the spectrum between these two extremes.

MBDA Minority Business Development Centers can guide your business into the right arrangement based on your company’s direction, core competencies, and opportunities based on industry. 

The types of strategic alliances include:

  • Simple Contract – This is a basic transaction occurring when a business offer is accepted, and something of value is exchanged.  The contract is specific about what is expected by each party and does not obligate the businesses to any future deals.

  • Open-ended Contract – This arrangement is specific about the terms on which the companies will do business, but perhaps not specific about how much business will be done or when.   

  • Joint Contract – A company can contract with two or more entities to supply goods or services. Typically, two suppliers work very closely together and the contract's primary purpose is to communicate what the client expects of them.   

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