NAM: Help us get out the Manufacturing vote next week!

On Tuesday, we need all manufacturing voters to head to the polls for the pivotal midterm elections to decide control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Thirty-six Senate and Governors’ seats and all 435 House seats are in play. Here are four quick things you can do today to ensure that you and your family, friends and co-workers are ready to cast a vote for manufacturing on Election Day: Visit the NAM Election Center and check out your Voter Guide. These zip code-searchable side-by-side comparisons of candidate’s positions on the issues are legally approved, can be co-branded with your company’s logo, and distributed to co-workers. Check out the NAM’s 2014 GOTV video. The NAM GOTV Facebook app will help you quickly and easily share it with your friends and co-workers. Sign up for Election Day reminders via email or text message on the NAM’s TurboVote partner site. Share the link (www.nam.turbovote.org) with your friends and co-workers, and let

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ON- THE- JOB TRAINING: You Hire, You Train, We Pay!

What is On-the-Job Training? The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program provides an opportunity for employers to work with their local Missouri Career Center to recruit, pre-screen, hire and train new employees. The OJT program matches businesses with well qualified job seekers who are eager to work, but need the specialized training only an employer can supply. The OJT program offers cost savings by reimbursing up to 50 percent of the wages paid to a new employee for the first several weeks on the job, while you get your new hire up to speed. How Does it Work? An OJT representative from the local Missouri Career Center assists with identifying eligible candidates, developing a training plan and completing the minimal paperwork needed to get started. What are the Benefits? Wage reimbursements to off-set hiring and training costs Applicant skills assessed to meet specific job specifications Training takes place on-site, under the supervision of the employer Minimal paperwork Consultation and technical assistance throughout all phases of the program

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Royals run good for Kansas City business

No matter who wins tonight’s game 7 of the World Series, Kansas City is coming out a winner. Just how much is the Royals’ run in baseball’s World Series worth? Priceless, according to this article from the Kansas City Business Journal. Although the series ends tonight, the images of Kansas City broadcast all around the globe, the passion of its sports fans, and the commitment of the Royals ownership team are all positive story lines that can touch sports fans and businessmen alike.

Manufacturers invest heavily in STEM education to fight skills gap

The AP (10/22) reports that Chevron is spending $20 million on the launch of a STEM-focused program dubbed the Appalachia Partnership Initiative. The program is designed to “improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/21) reports that the project will fund scholarships for community college programs and pay for energy labs in two PA school districts that will have graduate student staff from Carnegie Mellon University. Chevron Appalachia president Nigel Hearne explained, “An educated and skilled workforce leads to economic success.”

Join Master Your Card for a webinar!

Start Taking Online Payments Join us for a webinar on October 29! Start accepting electronic payments now. No long-term contracts, no monthly fees, and no set-up fee. Just a simple, competitive, flat rate per transaction. Learn how easy it can be to accept online payments in this 30-minute free webinar using Simplify Commerce from MasterCard. Pre-registration is required and questions will be answered. Simplify Commerce (www.simplify.com) enables a business to accept electronic payments of major credit card brands, online or in person, in a matter of minutes. Master Your Card (masteryourcardusa.org) is a public education program from MasterCard which helps consumers, small businesses and governments get more from their money by learning how to use prepaid, debit and credit cards to their advantage. Title: Simplify Taking Online Payments Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/396139609

Administration of tax code high on legislators’ list of priorities

Now that legislation enacting a tax cut in Missouri is on the books, it’s time to make sure the administration of the taxes that are in effect is as even handed and transparent as possible. Legislators on a panel at Associated Industries of Missouri’s Tax, Business & Manufacturing Conference this week seemed to be in unanimous agreement that something has to be done to give guidance to the Missouri Department of Revenue and certainty to business when it comes to what is supposed to be taxed…and what isn’t. “(Legislators need to) provide predictability, stability, accountability and transparency to our tax structure,” said Eric Jennings, Chief of Staff for State Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield. “That’s important so that an inordinate amount of your time, of your businesses’ time, is not taken up dealing with the Department of Revenue, but doing what you do best.” Jennings, State Senator Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit and State Representatives Andrew Koenig, R-St. Louis and T.J. Berry,

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AIM conference draws large crowd

More than 100 professionals from across Missouri descended on Columbia this past week for the Associated Industries of Missouri Tax, Business and Manufacturing Conference. Attendees gathered information on the latest in tax policies and court cases, manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, ethics, state legislation and even public relations over a two-day period. Panels were lead by some of the top professionals in their fields from Missouri and nationally-known firms. Highlights included a final address from outgoing AIM chairman Tony Reinhart, an impressive list of legislators participating in a panel discussion and question and answer session, and the latest on health care and the Affordable Care Act.  Legislators participating in the event included Senator Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), Representative Andrew Koenig (R-99, Manchester), Representative T. J. Berry (R-38, Clay County), and Eric Jennings, Chief of Staff for Senator Bob Dixon (R-Springfield). “This was one of our best conferences ever,” said Ray McCarty, president of AIM. “Our sessions were informative, timely and lively. I

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New poll finds Americans, Missourians concerned about proposed EPA power plant regulations

WASHINGTON – Polling data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that voters in Missouri and nationwide have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a dollar more for energy in exchange for these new rules. Findings from a national survey of 1,340 likely voters and a statewide survey of 790 likely voters in Missouri conducted earlier this month by Paragon Insights include the following: A majority believe the United States cannot afford new costs and potential job losses resulting from the EPA regulations. Nearly half of those polled say they are not willing to pay a single dollar more in their energy bill to accommodate the new EPA regulations. 45 percent of Missouri voters are less likely to cast their vote for a candidate that supports EPA’s Clean Power Plan, versus just 16

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Amendment 10 prevents our kids from becoming political footballs

Constitutional Amendment 10 will be on the ballot November 4, 2014.  If voters approve the measure, the people’s elected representatives will have a check and balance over spending decisions that does not exist today.  As the only group that supported this constitutional amendment as it was proposed in the Missouri General Assembly, Associated Industries of Missouri hopes voters understand the importance of this bill in bringing honesty to the political process. The state budget works like this: 1. Governor proposes a budget and sends to House; 2. House considers, adds to and subtracts from budget and sends to Senate; 3. Senate considers, adds to and subtracts from budget and sends back to House; 4. Differences are worked out and the result is approved in both the House and Senate and the budget is returned to the Governor; 5. The Governor may approve or veto individual spending items. If he/she vetoes the items, they are returned to the House and Senate for reconsideration.

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