What can Businesses Expect?

The economic engine of America is fueled by businesses...and the American dream. Trump's administration and a Republican Congress have promised to strip regulations, lower taxes and enact policies that will make it easier for American businesses to grow. As 2017 brought in a new minimum wage for many states, as the Fed has its eye on inflation, and as Trump pushes for jobs to stay in the U.S., business owners are facing a point of flux. These HWA Speakers will help audiences seeking insights.


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Jack Lew - Secretary of the Treasury (2013-2016); White House Chief of Staff (2012-2013); Director Office Management & Budget (2010-2012)
Max Baucus - U.S. Ambassador to China (2014-2017); U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013); Chair, Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014)
Alan Krueger - Former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors and Chief Economist of U.S. Treasury   Steve Forbes - Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, Expert on the Global Economy, Monetary Policy and Politics
Many states started 2017 with a raise in minimum wages, a policy that intentionally is good, but may significantly impact a company's costs. Alan Krueger served as an economic advisor to multiple presidents, notably on labor and wage issues.  Krueger discusses the balancing effect of tax credits for the worker and the employee that could offset further increases in the minimum wage but still support workers. Krueger talks Trump's trade plans and their economic impact  >>    Steve Forbes has twice run for President of the U.S. and is an influential Republican economist, noted for his advocacy of a flat tax. He is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy.

Check out his latest op-eds in Forbes >>

Health insurance is one of the most expensive line items for businesses and their owners.  If Trump's administration makes significant changes to Obamacare, what choices will businesses have in the private sector to offer employees affordable care? Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, former Senator Tom Coburn and former Governor Howard Dean - all also physicians - have insight into what's next for American healthcare.
Elizabeth Duke - Vice Chair of Wells Fargo, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve   Karen Mills - Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
Governor Duke is a central bank economist who got her start in retail banking and small business lending. As a result, her practical understanding of the retail banking industry shaped the decisions of the Fed during the crisis and the recovery, as she became the Fed’s point person on housing, consumer and small business issues. Duke takes on one of the financial industry's biggest roles >>   Karen Mills has some advice for Linda McMahon as she is about to start her tenure in charge of Trump's Small Business Administration. Having held the position from 2009-2013, Mills knows the pieces of legislation to drive innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as specifics important to businesses such as taxes, access to capital, employment of skilled workers, and fewer regulations. Mills on Trump's needs to prioritize small businesses >>
Olympia Snowe - U.S. Senator from Maine (1995-2013) Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1979-1995)   April Rinne - Head of the Sharing Economy Working Group, World Economic Forum; Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab Global 
Senator Snowe is part of the team tracking the Healthy Congress Index to measure the productivity and bipartisan cooperation of Congress to get to the business of our nation's work. She has also recently written​ about quantifying The American Dream. The findings tell us in part how likely we are to start businesses and do the extraordinary work of growing them based on our confidence in the future.    Trump and the Republican Congress say they will favor deregulation. Yet our new fluid and digital economy - The Sharing Economy - makes it more difficult to protect workers and consumers in the same traditional ways, let alone tax and incentivize businesses. Sharing Economy Expert April Rinne discusses what businesses can expect, and points to trends such as the regulation in Europe of Uber, competition within the digital economy, and how businesses can make the most of the disrupting effects of the new economy. 

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