Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker of Monticello, speaks during a civics event at the U.S. Chamber Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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On November 7, 2019, Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson joined the Chamber Foundation for a forum to discuss the state of civic knowledge, civic engagement, and civil discourse in America. This is an excerpt from his remarks to the audience.

Korean Peninsula at night from space
© NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
A strong business community matters to the nation because the private sector produces the goods, services, and jobs that society needs to survive and thrive, individually and collectively. Moreover, the private sector-led economic activity provides the revenue to fund the public sector in its vital role in the country.  
Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker of Monticello, speaks during a civics event at the U.S. Chamber Foundation in Washington, D.C.
© Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

George Washington once described “the education of our youth in the science of government” as one of the most important priorities for the young republic. 

Military Spouses at AMPLIFY
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and Grow with Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity effort, announced a collaborative effort to identify specific challenges military spouses face participating in entrepreneurial endeavors; growing small businesses, participating in remote work; and reskilling to growth industries.  
Bon Me
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Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong launched Bon Me, an Asian cuisine food truck, in 2010 after participating in Boston’s food truck contest. Their business, which became profitable in its first year, has since expanded to include eight food trucks, two food carts, and seven restaurants with 230 employees. Patrick spoke with the Foundation about his experiences as an entrepreneur in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.
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Ben Schiesl, a summer intern for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, writes about the leadership skills he’s gained as a Division I diver and coach. He highlights three distinct qualities that are applicable in sports and any leadership position.

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