WhiteHouse and StLouis spur Immigrant Entrepreneurs


WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and member of President Obama’s Cabinet, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, will sign an agreement to have the local SBA office in St. Louis work with the City to engage in cooperative efforts to boost outreach on entrepreneurship training and counseling and small business development in St. Louis neighborhoods, with particular emphasis on immigrant and refugee communities. The Obama Administration recently released the New Americans Report, a strategic, government-wide effort on integrating these communities and the SBA is working with the city and the St. Louis Mosaic Project to promote this effort.

Following the signing ceremony, the Administrator will host a roundtable focused on immigrant entrepreneurship and inclusion with The Mosaic Project and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

In the afternoon, Administrator Contreras-Sweet will host a community conversation at Harris Stowe State University, focused on opportunities and obstacles in entrepreneurship, with students and school organizations. She will highlight the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the SBA’s work on this effort.

Later, she will visit two small businesses that have benefitted from SBA’s Microloan program and also give a local recognition to 2015 National SBA Microlender of the Year, justine PETERSEN, LLC. The organization will be recognized in Washington, D.C. at a White House ceremony the following Friday, May 8.

In the evening, she will deliver keynote remarks at the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Adelante Awards Dinner.

WHAT:  Media Availability

WHO: SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WHERE: 10:00 AM Signing Ceremony with Mayor Slay
World Trade Center-St. Louis
7733 Forsyth Blvd. 22nd floor
St. Louis, MO 63105

10:15 AM Roundtable
World Trade Center-St. Louis
7733 Forsyth Blvd. 22nd floor
St. Louis, MO 63105

1:15 PM Small Business Visit and National Award Presentation
Miss M’s Candy Boutique & Boutique Calla Lily
6193-95 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

2:30 PM My Brother’s Keeper Community Conversation
Harris Stowe State University
Board of Regents Room
3026 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

7:00 PM Keynote Remarks
Adelante Awards Dinner
The Doubletree by Hilton
1973 Craigshire Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63146

HOW:  Media can RSVP and request interviews via Miguel Ayala – Miguel.ayala@sba.gov 202-450-0148.
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Another BigBusiness Bailout in Missouri

$ buys Politicians More #BigBusiness financial support on the "backs" of the People

Only this time its a #DirtyCoal burner who gets the bailout and not the Banks, Wallstreet, or the Auto Industry.

What really irks me is that: MoLeg sells public to the same  Electric Company who doesn't want Missourian's to have #Solar

That's right more SOLAR + Energy Storage wouldn't require Ameren to buy it burn coal for 20years!

$80 million of one company's electric costs onto the backs of other ratepayers MBEF Statement on MoLeg PSC Vote 

Jefferson City, MO - Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future (MBEF) expresses sincere disappointment with the perceived bailout for Noranda Aluminum granted today by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).

Executive Director Irl Scissors released the following statement:

"To shift approximately  $80 million of one company's electric costs onto the backs of other ratepayers in Ameren's service territory is simply unfair and unjust."

"We remain encouraged that the order is expected to contain significant consumer protections to the benefit of Missourians.  The Commissioners' comments also indicated that this should be the last handout granted to Noranda and anything beyond this rate shift should be addressed by the General Assembly and the Department of Economic Development.”

News Tribune: Noranda gets rate cut, other Ameren consumers see increase

Post-Dispatch: Rates rising for Ameren Missouri customers, except Noranda

$ buys Politicians http://klou.tt/gdvk4y5 More #BigBusiness financial support on the "backs" of the People. 


I Imagine EarthDay 2015

Imagine on #EarthDay2015 that mankind followed Johns advice to share all the World...and live as one!

Yes I'm a dreamer and imagine a peaceful and sustainable world.  Very much like the great John Lennon sang about years ago.

+Imagine Lyrics by John Lennon

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You, you may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one

Do you Imagine like John and I do?  Then join me and build a Green StLouis Scotty


Solar Impulse- China Landing

Solar Impulse will land in Nanjing at 3:20PM UTC in the People's Republic of China

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who spoke ... about #futureisclean.

The aircraft is approaching Nanjing, where it will remain for an average of 10 days before the first possible takeoff to cross the Pacific, most challenging flight since the beginning of the #RTW.

Don’t miss the landing in Nanjing, click below!
Watch the landing LIVE!


Putting 2 and 2 together

In a post on Empeopled the topic was 8 foot Lizards eating peoples Cats and disrupting the norm.   

To combat the lizard invasion patrols were increased with orders to shoot or capture- twenty were reported dispatched in July.

Putting 2 And 2 together I speculate:

The rising ocean sea level will drive both mankind and animals to dry ground which will cause a migration up into Northern Florida, Panhandle (my birthplace), and what's left of the gulf region.

The only thing hindering this Reptile invasion are the cool temps.  But since the Earth has warmed enough to raise the Ocean levels; also means that the Southern States of the U.S. have also warmed enough to make a Reptiles new home habitable.  

Once the reptiles have reached the Florida Panhandle region there is nothing stopping the migration into the neighboring states and westward- as far away as California.  

To think that humans could keep an animal from crossing an imaginary boundary when we can't even keep Illegals on their side will be the jokes of many Late Night Comedians

So its into Mexico and down into South America- the reptile migration will continue.  Only this time in reverse- oh the irony!

The effects of Climate Change will effect us all- If a Monitor Lizzard will eat a Cat- it could eat a child from someone's yard or playground.

Lizard King song: This is the End

Midwest Solar News - via REWorld

With so much solar activity taking place on both sides of our nation, what’s happening in the heartland is going almost unnoticed. But it shouldn’t. Solar is beginning to grow like a prairie fire across the Midwest.

In a wide area stretching from Missouri to Ohio, the heavily-traveled Interstate 70 corridor, solar is beginning to catch on in a big way.  Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio now have a combined total of nearly 400 MW of installed solar capacity — enough to power about 80,000 homes. But here’s the real eye-opening statistic: solar in these states is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent this year, with roughly 180 MW of new projects coming online.    

Let’s look at Missouri as a case study. Showing strong growth over the previous year, Missouri nearly tripled its amount of installed solar capacity in 2014, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. What’s more, Missouri also had more than half, 55 percent, of its new electrical capacity last year come from solar energy.

In 2014, Missouri added 73 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity, bringing its total to 111 MW. That’s enough clean, affordable energy to power more than 12,000 homes. The report went on to point out that Missouri’s biggest solar gains came in commercial installations, but residential and utility-scale installations increased, too. Of the new capacity added, 37 MW were commercial, 20 MW were residential and 16 MW were utility scale. Together, these installations represented a $187 million investment across Missouri — a 63 percent increase over the previous year.

Today, Missouri also ranks #2 in the nation in the number of professional sports facilities with installed solar systems.  Among Major League Baseball teams, both the Royals and Cardinals have gone solar, while the Rams and Chiefs are among NFL teams to do so.

To put the state’s solar growth in some context, the 111 MW of solar PV installed today in Missouri is nearly as much as the entire country had installed by 2004. And frankly, the state is just scratching the surface of its enormous potential.

The same, of course, can be said for Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Today, there are more than 500 solar companies at work throughout the 4-state area, employing nearly 10,000 people, and bringing $339 million worth of new projects online last year. 

This steady growth across the heartland of America has helped the U.S. solar industry to grow to 174,000 workers nationwide — more than tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter combined — while pumping nearly $18 billion a year into our economy. This remarkable growth is due, in no small part, to smart and effective public policies, such as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). By any measurement, these policies are paying huge dividends for both our economy and environment.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/u/rhone-resch Author Rhone Resch Renewable Energy World see article here

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