Changing the Face of Entrepreneurship for Over 30 Years

As each other’s largest trading partners, the U.S. and Canada have a $1.3 trillion bilateral trade and investment relationship, which supports mutual economic growth and millions of jobs in both countries. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014, nearly 93,000 U.S. companies exported goods to the Canadian market, the vast majority of which (nearly 95 percent) were small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with fewer than 500 employees. However, many U.S. SMEs have yet to export or increase their current sales to Canada, and may be missing out on potential new customers in one of the top markets for doing business. In the below Q&A, Chris Quinlivan, minister counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada, discusses how U.S. exporters can leverage these opportunities. Quinlivan is part of the U.S. Commercial Service’s global network of 108 offices across the United States and in U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 75 countries that help U.S. companies export.

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America is at war with itself. The recently concluded election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States laid bare the significant differences in the American population between urban and rural, minority and non-minority, progressive and racist, nativist and globalist, misogynist and feminist, coastal and mid-American, science and pseudoscience, democratic and plutocratic, to name a few of the fault lines.

There is great consternation and outright fear among the supporters of diversity, particularly minority businesses, about what the Trump administration will bring. In political circles, it is often stated that personnel is policy. The recent identification of members of the Trump team only confirm the worst instead of assuaging those fears—and I say this as an eternal optimist

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It’s well-documented that the world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and told them he was speaking via a mobile phone. That particular phone took 10 hours to charge and only allowed for 30 minutes of talk time.Ten years later, Motorola released its first commercial mobile phone, known as the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, in the United States with a price tag of almost $4,000.

More than 40 years after Cooper’s groundbreaking call, mobile phones have become more than just devices with which to make calls. Apple’s iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2007 by offering customer-friendly features such as a touchscreen interface and a virtual keyboard, creating the first smartphone.

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In 2006, Henry Rock,founder and executive director of City Startup Labs (CSL), had an idea: to create a boot camp for ex-offenders and former gang members in New Jersey where he lived. He floated the idea to mayor of Newark Cory Booker’s administration at the time, but it was too busy trying to get oriented to really take this on, and Rock ended up putting it on hold.

A few years later, he was living in New York City, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg had established a program called The Young Men’s Initiative “to address the harsh present and future facing many young men of color from the ages of 14 to 24 years. The intention of the initiative is to focus on education, the criminal justice system, employment, and health care.”

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