“Now is the time to work together to successfully implement evidence-based initiatives that will prepare all students to graduate high school with the skills they need to succeed in college and the workplace.” – Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State.
Margaret Spellings, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Education joined Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council yesterday to host the educational conference “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity”. The Business Council joined forces with U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the National Chamber Foundation to focus on career readiness for New York students. As part of a panel presentation, Paul S. Speranza, Jr., vice chairman, general counsel and secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and vice chair and treasurer of The Business Council, gave an impassioned speech about a number of educational initiatives that are currently underway in Rochester and Western New York. He outlined how these programs could be replicated around the state.
Approximately three million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled and major reforms are necessary to overcome the skill gap. After graduating from high school, students are often ill-equipped to become successful in college and the work world. Businesses, elected officials, parents, and education leaders need to work in partnership to ensure that students have all the skills they need for success in our communities.
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Breaking The Monopoly of Mediocrity
According to a survey conducted by the U.S Chamber of Commerce, more than half (53 percent) of all small businesses have not hired in the past year, and that 64 percent plan to keep the same number of employees in 2013.
Here’s a snap-shot of the survey:
- Eight-out-of-ten small businesses (82%) continue to think the U.S. economy is off on the wrong track. More than half, 54%, expect the small business climate to worsen in the next two years.
- 88% of small businesses are looking for more certainty, opposed to more assistance from Washington
Regulatory Uncertainty Impacts Hiring
- 86% of small businesses believe that regulations, restrictions, and taxes will negatively impact their ability to operate. Health care regulations cause the most concern, followed by labor rules and environmental laws.
- 75% of small businesses expect the Affordable Care Act to increase costs for their business; 5% expect the law to make health care coverage more affordable. In terms of hiring, 71% think that implementation of the health care law will make it harder to hire more employees.
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