This Week on America’s Business

By April 20, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickApril 23-27 marks National Small Business Week, and in this “America’s Business” host Mike Hambrick talks with Steven C. Preston, administrator of the Small Business Administration. The SBA’s Preston celebrates the contributions small business makes to U.S. economy and society; for many, owning a business means realizing the American Dream.

North Carolina is deep in a debate about whether high school graduation requirements should direct all students toward a four-year university education. Mike explores the topic and the comparative value of technical training and trade courses in interviews with Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College; George Leef, vice president for research at the North Carolina-based John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, who warns against overselling a university education; and Marti Maguire of the Raleigh News & Observer, who reported on the push for new graduation requirements.

We’ll hear the second part of “Both Sides Now” segment on Internet regulation, aka “net neutrality,” featuring Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, the on-line classified ads site, and Scott Cleland, chairman of, an e-forum supported by the broadband companies. This is the first time the two frequent opponents on the topic have appeared on the same program together.

This week, “America’s Business” begins a new series profiling women in manufacturing, highlighting the career of Ingrid Brase, global marketing manager for National Starch and Chemical.

Renee Giachino of The American Justice Partnership tackles tort reform, and in our regular segments, Robert Fritz of Avtron Manufacturing in Independence, Ohio, steps up on “The Soapbox”; the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was”; and NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word” commentary.

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