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Economic Development: The Great Equalizer
Question: How familiar are you with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)? I hope the answer is “very,” because it is a powerful organization that’s enabling professionals to build and maintain careers in economic development.

As a voracious seeker of knowledge about all things commerce, I love IEDC’s mission so much that I accepted a position as its director of marketing last fall. While many professionals build businesses in communities, economic development professionals focus on the community itself, and increasing its overall value to employers who might bring new jobs to its citizens.

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On January 12, 2016, the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce issued a detailed statistical report( highlighting the disparity between the number of women business owners in America and their business revenues. This report, derived from the recently released2012 U.S. Census Survey of Business Ownerspoints out that women business owners are failing to achieve revenues on par with male-owned firms.


After 25 years of dedicated service, Suzette Eaddy, vice president, Conferences, Meetings and Events at NMSDC retired on January 7.

Eaddy is a stalwart in the meetings industry whose career has spanned for more than 43 years. She was honored by Meeting News as one ofThe 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, and with the 1993 Meeting Planner and 2004 Pioneer Awards from the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners.

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