Small business employs more than 60 percent of Vermont’s workers

first_imgWyoming66.2% WASHINGTON, D.C. Vermont’s economic recovery will depend on small business. That message is driven home in the newly updated Vermont Small Business Profile released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The most recent data show that the state has 18,937 small employers, and they employ 63.5% of the state s workforce, the third highest percentage in the country. Vermont depends on small business for jobs and economic growth, said Shawne McGibbon, Acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy. During this time of financial stress and economic instability, policymakers need to remember that the state s small businesses provide the economic base for its families and communities.To further highlight the importance of small business, the updated profile notes that small businesses created 51.7% of the state’s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005 (latest available data).Not only does the state s economy depend on the health of its small businesses, so too does the economy of the United States.The US has slightly more than 6 million small employers, or 99.7% of all employer firms, and they provide 50.4% of its private sector employment. These firms created 78.9% of the nation s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005, and they generated more than half of the private non-farm gross domestic product.The Office of Advocacy, the small business watchdog of the federal government, examines the role and status of small business in the economy and independently represents the views of small business to federal agencies, Congress, and the President. It is the source for small business statistics presented in user-friendly formats, and it funds research into small business issues.For more information and a complete copy of state and territory small business profiles, visit the Office of Advocacy website at www.sba.gov/advo(link is external).The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/advo(link is external), or call (202) 205-6533.State% Workforce Employed by Small BusinessesState% Workforce Employed by Small BusinessesAlabama49.7%Missouri49.7%Alaska55.6%Montana69.8% Arizona48.8%Nebraska51.4%Arkansas48.8%Nevada44.2% California52.1%New Hampshire54.9% Colorado51.7%New Jersey  51.1% Connecticut49.6%New Mexico57.0% Delaware48.3%New York51.7%  District of Columbia48.2%North Carolina48.6%  Florida44.0%North Dakota63.3% Georgia46.3%Ohio48.6%Hawaii56.1%Oklahoma54.0% Idaho58.6%Oregon57.2%Illinois49.2%Pennsylvania 49.9%Indiana48.6%Rhode Island57.1%Iowa   51.6%South Carolina50.0% Kansas 54.6%South Dakota 63.2% Kentucky50.0%Tennessee45.1%Louisiana54.1%Texas46.8%Maine60.6%Utah49.9% Maryland53.4%Vermont63.5%Massachusetts48.3%Virginia49.4% Michigan51.6%Washington 55.7% Minnesota51.0%  West Virginia 54.3% Mississippi50.1%Wisconsin    53.4%last_img read more

ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACK

first_imgROSSES community leaders and residents are taking the first steps in fighting back against those behind a crime wave in the area.A public meeting to discuss community safety will take place this Saturday in Kincasslagh Hall, following instances of intimidation and serious anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area.Community activist Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “The situation has been ongoing for a number of years but has escalated recently. “The petrol-bombing of an elderly lady’s home has sparked fury amongst the community and a feeling that we will no longer be intimidated. It is vital that the community of all the areas affected pulls together to deliver a community response.“It is not acceptable that people in our community live in fear. The ongoing anti-social behaviour and intimidation cannot be tolerated and this meeting will give the local community the opportunity to organise against it. It is vital that people turn out and encourage their neighbours to come. Think about offering a lift to someone who may need it for example. We need to stick together as a community.”The meeting starts 8.30pm. All members of surrounding Rosses ( e.g. Burtonport, Keadue, Mulladuff, Annagry, Dungloe, Belcruit, Drumnacart etc etc) communities are invited to attend. All Businesses and community groups are asked to send representation to this important meeting.“The issues are affecting everyone, and the HSE and the Gardaí shall be present at the meeting as well,” said Mac Giolla Easbuig.  ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACK was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACKlast_img read more

This Text Message Will Self Destruct In 60 Seconds

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The self-destructing message, whether a piece of paper that mystically disintegrates at the appropriate moment or the microfiche that goes up in a poof of smoke, is a staple of any spy movie and a childhood wish of my own. TigerText, a private SMS app, has made my childhood dream a reality.The company, which has had a free app available, has brought this spy-novel feature to the enterprise with this week’s release of an enterprise app. According to TechCrunch, the app lets users determine when and how the messages are deleted. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As we reported last year, TigerText’s mobile apps allows users to send text messages or photos that can then be deleted off both the sender’s and receiver’s phone after a selected period of time. Once a sender selects the message lifespan (from 1 minute up to 30 days), expired messages are not only deleted from both phones, but are not stored on any server and they cannot be retrieved once expired. Users can also select a “Delete on Read” option, which will delete the text 60 seconds after the recipient opens the message.The latest version of the app caters to businesses by allowing users to perform a one-time login to authenticate with the company. TigerText describes the app as “a cross-platform collaboration tool for your organization that allows you to deploy your own private, secure mobile network where your employees can safely communicate on their existing mobile devices within your company.”“Text messaging, just like email, can be used against your organization,” writes the company on its website. “If the messages no longer exist, there is no risk of data breach or exposure.”The app is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms and administrators can manage user settings from the Web. It enters an increasingly crowded space, with apps like Kik, Beluga and GroupMe entering the free message game, but this one has that special spin for the security-minded.From what we can tell, however, the app is missing one huge feature – the little whisp of smoke, wafting out the crack of your phone case whenever a message is deleted.last_img read more

Learn How To Create 2D Motion Graphics with After Effects

first_imgIf you are eager to learn more about After Effects, this tutorial will help jump-start your next 2D motion graphics project.The world of 2D motion graphics can be a fulfilling hobby and profession. It gives you the opportunity every day to tell a story without any limitations. However, understanding how to use the tools can take quite a bit of time, which can be daunting. No worries! This After Effects 2D motion graphics tutorial will set you up with the essential beginner’s knowledge to get started.If you are new to After Effects, try using the project file included in the download below to follow along. It includes all of the assets and files you need to get started!Download Now!Adobe After Effects is a huge application with endless menus of effects, tabs, tools, and so forth. In this tutorial, we focus on what you will use every day. We look at shape layers and how you can build your 2D motion graphics by stacking graphics and adding effects to create animation groups.What You’ll Learn From This 2D Motion Graphics TutorialTo cover the basics of 2D motion graphics, this tutorial will take you step-by-step through creating a logo intro. Here are just a few of the many unique concepts you’ll learn in this After Effects tutorial:Shape layersLinear and easy ease keyframesWorking in 3D spaceControlling your color paletteCreating stroke animationsUsing solid layers for motion graphicsRemember: your job as a motion graphics artist is not only to produce great animation but also to create animation that makes sense for the brand project or story you’re working on. It’s easy to go off track and create graphics just because you want to fill every inch of the composition. Do what makes sense, and try to find the motivation behind every graphic.Enjoy the tutorial and good luck!Need Inspiration? Check Out These After Effects Templates!Shapeshifter (via Rocketstock.com)Sigma (via Rocketstock.com)Tau (via Rocketstock.com)last_img read more

Eighty More Jamaicans Off To Canada under SAWP

first_img Another 80 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). Another 80 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).The workers, who comprise 80 per cent returnees, will be deployed mainly to Ontario and Nova Scotia.In her address to the workers at a send-off ceremony held at the Ministry of Labour’s Overseas Employment Services Centre in downtown Kingston on Friday (August 3), Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, encouraged them to be good ambassadors for Jamaica.“Ensure that you conduct yourselves in an acceptable manner, both on and off the job, and be your brother’s keeper. Be sure to perform your duties to the best of your ability, bearing in mind the importance of productivity and accountability,” the Minister urged.Mrs. Robinson further encouraged them to work hard, distinguish themselves, and ensure that they comply with the terms of their contract, and to make their family and country proud.“This will ensure that your employer continues to request not only your services but that of other Jamaican workers,” she said.She added that the programme represents a long-standing tradition of partnership between Jamaica and Canada and has positively impacted the lives of many Jamaicans, who have used the opportunity to improve their standard of living and that of their families.In the meantime, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, said the programme has been a success for both Jamaica and for Canada, “because it means such a boost to the livelihoods of Canadian farmers and Jamaican workers and, in fact, our economies”.“It is lovely to see not only the 80 per cent returnees who make this programme so successful, but also the 20 per cent of newbies who are perhaps starting a legacy or tradition for themselves and for their families,” she said.This was the second official send-off ceremony to be held since the start of the year. The first took place in January.The SAWP, which is part of the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme, involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons. Story Highlights The SAWP, which is part of the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme, involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons. “This will ensure that your employer continues to request not only your services but that of other Jamaican workers,” she said.last_img read more