SBA kicks off National Small Business Week 2011

first_img7:30 pm ‘ 11:00 pm      Champion Award Winners GalaMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Visa and AvayaSpeakers: Deputy Administrator Johns, Cathy Hughes Media Contacts:         Dennis Byrne                    Cecelia Taylor                                                 dennis.byrne@sba.gov(link sends e-mail)            cecelia.taylor@sba.gov(link sends e-mail)                                                  (202) 205-6567                  (202) 401-3059 Small Business Week 2011 sponsors and cosponsors include: Association of Small Business Development Companies, AT&T, AVAYA, CareerBuilder, Dun & Bradstreet, Google, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of Development Companies,  National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, National Association for the Self-Employed, National Small Business Association, Nomadic Display, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot, Raytheon, Sam’s Club, SCORE, The Neat Company, Verio, Visa, the Wall Street Journal, and Women Impacting Public Policy. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting sbw@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2011.# # # 10:00 am ‘ 12:00 pm     Forum #3: Exporting Tools for SuccessMandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom 12:30 pm ‘ 2:30 pm      National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeakers: SBA Administrator Mills, Valerie B. Jarrett 2:30 pm ‘ 4:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CaféMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas The nation’s top entrepreneurs will gather this week to be recognized for their entrepreneurship, growth and success during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week celebration, May 18-20, 2011, in Washington, DC.  Under the theme Empowering Entrepreneurs,’ the three-day event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center will highlight business owners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, whose business achievements have contributed to job creation, the economy and to the nation’s recovery.  The National Small Business Person of the Year will be named from this group on Friday, May 20.Awards will also be presented for notable achievements in disaster recovery, government procurement, small business advocacy, and to top-performing SBA resource and lending partners.Featured Speakers at National Small Business Week will include:Administrator Karen Mills, U.S. Small Business AdministrationDeputy Administrator Marie Johns, U.S. Small Business AdministrationValerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of theWhite House Council on Women and GirlsU.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-Louisiana)Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red CrossCathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One Inc., and Chair ofSBA’s Advisory Council on Underserved CommunitiesSteve Case, Co-founder of AOL and Chair of Startup America PartnershipBill Rancic, Reality Show Star, Executive Producer and AuthorSeth Goldman, President and TeaEO, Honest Tea National Small Business Week will also feature a series of small business forums that are open to the public.  The forums address real-world topics that affect small businesses, including Growing Your Business While on the Go, Social Media, Exporting Tools for Success and Strategies for High Growth, High Impact Firms. The public can register for the free forums onsite starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 18.  Events during National Small Business Week can be viewed virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting accessible online at www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/webcast.php(link is external).  Visit www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com(link is external) to register for forums, and for the full Small Business Week schedule.  A list of the 2011 state winners can be found online athttp://nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/index.php?page=winners(link is external). Nation Small Business Week 2011 Schedule of Events(Subject to Change)Wednesday, May 181:00 pm ‘ 6:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft2:30 pm ‘ 4:30 pm       Growing Your Business While on the Go – A Road Warrior’s PerspectiveMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by AT&T and SCORESpeaker: Bill Rancic Thursday, May 198:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Raytheon10:00 am ‘ 11:15 am      Forum #1: Social Media: Get Your Business Connected Mandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by Intuit11:30 am ‘12:45 pm      Forum #2:  Strategies for High Growth, High Impact FirmsMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by CareerbuilderSpeaker: Seth Goldman1:00 pm ‘ 2:30 pm       Phoenix Awards LuncheonMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeaker: Sen. Jack Reed 2:30 pm ‘ 5:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CafeMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas6:00 pm ‘ 8:00 pm       Congressional Reception Hart Senate Office Building, Room SH-902Speaker: Sen. Mary L. Landrieu Friday, May 208:00 am ‘ 2:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google 8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Northrop GrummanSpeaker: Steve Case last_img read more

Survey tracks corporate spending for outside counsel

first_img February 15, 2002 Regular News Survey tracks corporate spending for outside counsel How will U.S. corporations adjust their spending on outside legal counsel in 2002? Will the recession rein in spending, or will economic factors be less of a concern, as businesses call on outside firms more to help navigate a changing regulatory landscape and rising litigation?It turns out that companies may be headed in both directions, according to a new survey on law department spending by National Economic Research Associates.In its first annual “Legal Leading Indicators” survey, NERA found that more than a third of the country’s largest corporations (38 percent) say they plan on decreasing spending for outside lawyers, although the decrease is not expected to be dramatic. The percentage of spending on outside counsel, as a share of overall spending, is expected to slip from 53.5 percent in 2001 to 51.6 percent in 2002. At the same time, 23 percent of companies surveyed projected an increase in outside law firm spending.Even the projected decrease is not across the board. For a few key specialties, notably labor and employment and regulation, the percentage of companies that anticipate increasing outside legal budgets was greater than those anticipating a decrease. The same pattern emerged for international work — more companies than not expect to increase spending for legal work outside the U.S.Staffing changes and changes in regulation are the most important factors influencing outside counsel spending next year, ahead of changes in the economy, and far more important than “threats of terrorism,” which was cited as an important factor by only two percent of companies surveyed.For some, staffing changes simply mean more in-house hiring, according to the NERA.“We will be bringing in higher-level, in-house talent,” said one respondent to the NERA study. “More in-house counsel,” echoed another, with “more focus and closer review of outside billings.”The survey suggests that this past year found many corporate law departments at a crossroads. When asked to compare current legal budgets with 2000, 48 percent of companies reported there had been an increase, while only 18 percent reported a decrease.Looking ahead to 2002, 39 percent anticipated that outside legal spending would decrease “somewhat” or “a lot,” while 38 percent said that their outside legal spending would remain flat in the coming year.The NERA survey was based on interviews with 302 firms with annual revenues of $500 million or more. Sixty-two percent reported sales of least $1 billion, and 62 percent of respondents identified themselves as chief counsel.NERA, an economic research firm and an affiliate of Marsh & McLennan, provides economic consulting services to both in-house legal departments, as well as many private law firms.center_img Survey tracks corporate spending for outside counsellast_img read more

Stars aligning for Atletico with Champions League glory not so far away

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s triumph over Liverpool in March was a throwback to a more celebrated past under Diego Simeone but five months on and the Champions League offers them a very real opportunity in the present.Knocking out the holders at Anfield may prove to be the first glimpse of a new era under Simeone, where the likes of Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente, Jose Gimenez and Jan Oblak push Atletico to challenge for major honors again.Or it could be a last hurrah for the Simeone project, which some believe will never again scale the heights of their incredible La Liga title win in 2014 or their runs to the Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016.  They scored 20 goals and conceded six. If the season had started when the league restarted, Atletico would have finished second. “We did well and we know we’re on a really good streak but the Champions League is a different competition,” said Diego Costa last week.Atletico face Leipzig in Lisbon on Thursday as one of the form teams still standing, in a tournament that has gifted them the significantly kinder half of the draw. If they beat Leipzig, who labored to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga, they will face either Atalanta, the tournament’s minnows or Paris Saint-Germain, who have played two games in almost half a year. Meanwhile, in the other half, only one of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester City and Lyon can reach the final. Without doubt, Atletico’s opponents and potential semi-final opponents will be just as eager to capitalise, especially PSG, whose longing for success in the Champions League has come to define them. And it is unknown how Simeone’s squad will be affected by the club’s announcement on Sunday that Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko tested positive for coronavirus, with both players, who would likely have been on the bench, left at home. A required second round of tests on Sunday meant preparations had to be tweaked, including delaying the squad’s flight to Lisbon from Monday until Tuesday afternoon. But it is hard to shake the sense that as a team, Atletico are very well-placed, even if the club have always appeared more comfortable as under-dogs under Simeone than burdened by expectation. Even the new format could suit them, in single matches where game management is likely to be key and technical superiority has less time to win out than over the traditional 180 minutes. A riled Jurgen Klopp said after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano in February that Atletico’s backs-to-the-wall approach would not be as effective without their own fans. Yet they were able to frustrate Liverpool at Anfield too, before winning 3-2 in the second leg.”It’s important to accept the new format because once you accept it, you can adapt,” said Atleti’s Saul Niguez.Leipzig, meanwhile, were still in the title race in March and considered a threat even in the Champions League, on the back of destroying Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the last 16. But they have been less effective since the restart and will be less potent without Timo Werner, whose move to Chelsea cruelly prevents him from finishing what he started in the Champions League. It could be Atletico’s year.  Either way, few believed Llorente’s two goals in extra-time would be the start of something even more surprising, namely Simeone lifting the cup in May. Certainly nobody anticipated football shutting down completely the following week, as nervousness turned to indignation about Atletico fans travelling to Anfield, before matches behind closed doors became matches postponed indefinitely. And yet when football returned in June, Atletico were transformed. They went unbeaten in the 11 games after the resumption, to dispel concerns they could miss out on La Liga’s four. They won seven matches and drew four, one of them against Barcelona at Camp Nou, which helped Real Madrid clinch the title. center_img Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Serie A fixes restart date

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Serie A has announced it intends to resume competition on June 13, with Italy’s top-flight clubs set to return to group training from Monday.Like the rest of Europe, Italy’s top flight has been on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic but with the country emerging from lockdown after in excess of 30,000 deaths, football’s return is now on the horizon. Clubs voted on the June 13 date, which still requires government approval.A statement from Serie A confirmed: “Regarding the resumption of sporting activity, the date of June 13 June for the resumption of the championship was indicated, in accordance with government decisions and in accordance with the medical protocols for the protection qq wasof players and all professionals.”Clubs will be permitted to resume contact training from Monday but a new medical protocol is in place which means that even if one club employee tests positive for COVID-19, the entire club will have be quarantined for 15 days.The Premier League is currently working on plans to return under the banner of Project Restart, while the Bundesliga is set to make a return this coming weekend.The French top flight’s season was cancelled and PSG declared champions – while in Holland, the Eredivisie season was also concluded but no champion was anointed with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar joint top of the table. Serie A has been suspended since March 9.Juventus is currently on top of the table after 26 games played, one point ahead of Lazio.Tags: COVID-19ItalyResumptionSerie Alast_img read more

Westhill, Marcellus girls soccer both top Chittenango

first_imgEverything changed when, less than four minutes before halftime, Bears goalie Cassidy Kelly could not hold on to Rudnick’s initial shot from a cross by Ashley Bolesh and Rudnick tapped in the rebound.The 1-1 tie lasted all of 56 seconds in the second half before Bolesh, after Kelly’s spectacular diving stop on a Rudnick shot, sped in and converted the rebound. Then Erica Gangemi scored on a breakaway less than five minutes later, again assisted by RudnickThose three goals in a span of less than nine minutes proved decisive, though Gangemi would add a second goal, again off a feed from Rudnick, who had three assists on the night. Tags: girls soccerMarcellusWesthill When state no. 15-ranked Marcellus met Chittenango two nights later, it turned into a back-and-forth thriller that went deep into overtime before the Mustangs got the decisive goal and prevailed 3-2.Most of the first half was scoreless until the Mustangs’ Sara Milniecki scored in the 36th minute, assisted by Hannah Durand, and Sarah Fallon found the net less than five minutes into the second half.But the Bears showed lots of resolve, getting on the board when Moon’s corner kick was put home by Maryanna Garcia, and tying it 2-2 when another Moon corner deflected off several players before Shoemaker converted.So it went to overtime, and much of the 20 minutes went without a decisive goal. Then, with 2:10 left, Sarah Fallon’s cross was charged by Mielnicki, but she faked a shot and, instead, Katie MacLachlan put the ball past Cassidy Kelly,Back on Tuesday, Marcellus had fought past Cazenovia 2-1, with Fallon getting the first goal, assisted by Sam Wynne, and MacLachlan earning what proved to be the game-winner off a feed from Mei LaMarre. That offset the lone Lakers goal from Annie Baldwin.Then, after beating Chittenango, Marcellus faced Carthage Saturday, topping the Comets 3-0 as LaMarre scored less than two minutes into the game, Lily Locastro converted on a one-on-one breakaway in the 30th minute and Locastro struck again in the second half, this time assisted by Durand.As Marcellus was battling Chittenango, Westhill was rolling past Solvay 5-0, and the five goals came from five different players – Rudnick, Gangemi, Bolesh, Brooke Zollo and Mia Herrera. Lauren Holstein, Reilly Geer and Hannah Thayer earned assists.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img What the Westhill and Marcellus girls soccer teams had in common last week was offering challenges to a Chittenango side that had roared out to a 7-0 start this fall.Going first, the state Class B no. 9-ranked Warriors fell behind the Bears last Tuesday night, but used a midgame outburst to turn it around and, led by Ciarra Rudnick, prevailed 4-1.Though slow out of the gate, Westhill did have most of the early opportunities. Chittenango weathered them and, in the 27th minutes, took a 1-0 lead when Emily Moon’s free kick from the right corner was deflected in by Ally Shoemaker.last_img read more