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                                        sends e-mail)   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 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 is external).  Visit 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 at 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

Gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom added on USC campus

first_imgWhen transgender and gender-nonconforming students held a First-Year Advocacy Board event at the LGBT Resource Center, they used the women’s restroom on the same floor as a gender neutral restroom for the evening. At that time, faculty at the center noticed hostility from older, cisgender female faculty toward the students using the restroom.Kelby Harrison, the LGBT Resource Center director, and Michael Gorse, the LGBT Resource Center supervisor, brought this to the attention of Title IX when they realized it was a compliance issue.“Title IX received reports that transgender and gender nonconforming students did not have an easily accessible all-gender bathroom near the LGBT resource center,” said Gretchen Means, the executive director and coordinator of Title IX in an email to the Daily Trojan. “The closest all-gender restrooms to the Student Union are in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and in Bovard. Both required a 15-minute round-trip walk, and sometimes were not open. This created a barrier for students accessing the center’s resources and programming.”The administration first switched all of the single-stall restrooms to all-gender restrooms. However, there were still spots where restrooms were not accessible to transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. This is because in most of the buildings already constructed on campus there are only multi-stall restrooms, and switching these facilities into gender neutral facilities is much more difficult, according to Harrison.This prompted the LGBT Resource Center to collaborate with the Title IX Office of Equity and Diversity to establish the first multi-stalled gender neutral restroom on campus in the Student Union modeled  after the United University Church’s gender-neutral restrooms.Since transitioning to a gender-neutral restroom, the administration feels that it has made a positive impact on the transgender and gender-nonconforming students who frequent the LGBT Resource Center and the center itself.“We’ve already had many positive reactions from gender nonconforming staff and students on its presence, that it helps them feel safer,” Harrison said. “A couple of different individuals have noted that it’s really helpful to them in their transition and that it’s been a powerful and positive experience.”Transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals usually have to go to great lengths to safely go to the restroom. Some people will refrain from using the restroom throughout the day until they get home, or avoid drinking water when they go to public spaces, to avoid possible harassment when using public restrooms, according to Mary Andres, a professor of clinical education at the Rossier School of EducationAndres focused on these issues in her career at USC. In the past, she assisted transgender and gender-nonconforming students in making arrangements to use public facilities as a counselor at the counseling center. While working with these students, she noticed how mentally damaging these restrictions can be for them.“It is tiresome and actually unhealthy for someone to feel like they don’t want to draw attention to themselves and not be able to just go to the bathroom when they want to go to the bathroom,” Andres said.Mya Worrell, a freshman majoring in gender studies, identifies as agender and found comfort in the expansion of gender neutral restrooms.Warrell said that in the women’s restroom they do not feel comfortable and in the men’s restroom, they do not feel safe.“I love seeing a gender-neutral bathroom because it means that I don’t have to not go to the bathroom or force myself to go to a bathroom that makes me feel uncomfortable,” Worrell said.In front of the gender-neutral restroom in the Student Union, there are fliers explaining the purpose of establishing the restroom for those who are unaware of the issue. Some look at the gender-neutral restroom as a foreign threat, but the LGBT Resource Center is making efforts to inform those people through the fliers, according to Gorse.Worrell hopes that this expansion will inform cisgender individuals of the binary prevalent in most buildings and the necessity for inclusion in public facilities.“I hope that, first of all, seeing gender-neutral bathrooms broadens their idea of the gender binary,” Worrell said. “I also hope that they realize that they can use gender-neutral bathrooms too, because gender-neutral bathrooms are for everyone.”Harrison believed this expansion will help critics understand the issue and take part in creating a more accepting community at USC.“I’ve seen the difference that inclusive spaces can make for people struggling to align their gender expression and gender identity,” Harrison said. “I think it’s healthy for all people to have a more complicated understanding of gender identity and expression, and restrooms like these help to expand that understanding and conversation.”last_img read more