|[April 16, 2012]
Orlando Rally to Save the American Dream
ORLANDO, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
A public rally will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 6 p.m.
at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando-Kissimmee,
Fla. to save the American Dream. Approximately 1,500 people are expected
to attend the rally including area business leaders, community banking
and credit union leaders, taxpayers and civic leaders among others.
Many Americans and small business owners are feeling left out of the
nation's recovery. The very tenets of the American Dream - the
opportunity to own a home, get an education, have a good job or start a
business - are at risk this very moment because of a fundamental
disconnect between our public policy and the conditions needed to
achieve the American Dream.
It is a simple equation: over 65% of net new jobs are created by
entrepreneurs and small businesses. Community-based institutions provide
almost 60% of loans to these small businesses. Therefore, small
businesses, and the community banks and credit unions that fund them,
drive our nation's economic growth and stability.
Our more than 14,000 community-based financial institutions provide a
financial foundation for the creation of new businesses, new jobs, new
opportunities and, most importantly, a strong economy. The road to
economic recovery begins and ends with Main Street America through
support of small businesses and community financial institutions. Policy
makers need to support small business job growth, not stifle it with
Tuesday's rally will feature a keynote address from Louis Hernandez,
Jr., an author, award-winning entrepreneur, policy advisor and highly
respected business executive who serves as Chairman and CEO of Open
Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-wide enabling
technologies for financial institutions. Mr. Hernandez's most recent
the American Dream: Main Street's Last Stand, is a
provocative and thoughtful account of how our nation's ideals of
equality and the pursuit of happiness emerged as a beacon of hope for
the entire wold; and how politicians, Wall Street and our own sense of
entitlement have gradually eroded this Dream to the point of endangering
"The key to a robust job market in Orlando and local communities across
the country is growth in the small business sector. When small
businesses are able to innovate and grow with the support of
community-based financial institutions, jobs are abundant and consumer
confidence is high, leading to economic growth and stability," said
Additional speakers at the Orlando rally include:
Dennis Dollar, former chairman of the National Credit Union
Administration, former two-term member of the Mississippi House of
Representatives, and principal partner in Dollar Associates, a
consulting firm focused on public policy.
James Robinson, partner with Human Capital Management, a
company that designs training platforms and mentors entrepreneurs and
small businesses in the Orlando area.
Christopher Rivera, capacity building manager for health &
safety programs with the Association of Farmworker Opportunity
Programs, an organization focused on developing highly skilled
occupational safety and health educators for agricultural workers and
Christopher Rivera, former interim director of the Florida
Farmworker Jobs and Education Program and current vice president of
business development for AEG Communications Inc. Rivera has
direct experience with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA Section 167)
program and partnerships and expertise with at-risk populations.
To learn more about the rally, visit www.SavingTheAmericanDream.org. While
you're there, sign our petition
and learn what you can do to Save the American Dream.
Open Solutions Inc.
Open Solutions Inc.® helps community-based financial institutions around
the world enrich their local economies by providing innovative
technologies and insights that enable them to operate more profitably,
efficiently and collaboratively.
Industry pioneers, Open Solutions revolutionized enterprise technology
with DNA™, the first open, relationship-centered core banking platform
built for global collaboration. This radically different approach to
enterprise technology enables banks and credit unions around the world
to leverage the power of community through DNAappstore™, the first-ever
collaborative marketplace for user-created core enhancements.
Extending the power of DNA further, Open Solutions offers a full range
of complementary payments, item processing, distributed capture,
internet banking, mobile banking, CRM, business intelligence, loan
origination, financial accounting, account analysis, wealth management,
digital document, interactive voice response, and hardware solutions,
plus independent industry insight and guidance from Raddon Financial
For more information about Open Solutions, visit www.OpenSolutions.com,
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