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White House Business Council Meeting Nov. 20, 2012 | photo courtesy of Business Forward

"With confidence restored, business owners, large and small, can get to work growing their businesses and put more Americans back to work as a result."

NEWPORT BEACH, CA----The fiscal cliff is a hot topic in the news, and was the principal item on the agenda at Tuesday's White House Business Council Business Leadership Discussion, held November 20th in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. FirmGreen, Inc. CEO Steve Wilburn and other business leaders joined Jeff Zients, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget, The White House, and a number of President Obama's Senior Administration officials to discuss the fiscal cliff and economic competitiveness.

Senior Administrative staff presented the President's position on the budget negotiations, emphasizing their united focus on finding a viable path away from the fiscal cliff, and sensitivity to concerns of small business owners regarding any potential tax increases. Business leaders and the administrative officials then discussed the President's budgetary framework to avoid the looming sequestration—a set of mandatory government spending cuts and tax increases—that occurs January 1, 2013 if a budget deal is not reached in advance.

"I support the effort on both sides of the budget negotiation process to arrive at a fair resolution that restores public confidence in the government's ability to get its monetary house in order for the foreseeable future—not just kick the can down the road," stated FirmGreen CEO Steve Wilburn. "With confidence restored, business owners, large and small, can get to work growing their businesses and put more Americans back to work as a result." Mr. Wilburn was recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) for 2013.

The meeting was hosted by Felice Gorordo, White House Business Council and Patrick Hidalgo, Deputy Director, White House Business Council. Participants included Jeff Zients, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget, The White House; Alan Krueger, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, The White House; Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the U.S. Export-Import Bank; Tony Miller, Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Education; Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce; Portia Wu, Special Assistant to the President, Domestic Policy Council, The White House; and Ari Matusiak, Executive Director, White House Business Council.

The Obama Administration established the White House Business Council to provide an opportunity for senior officials to hear directly from business leaders and engage in meaningful discussion about the needs of their region(s) and how best to support domestic innovation, manufacturing, and export.


About FirmGreen:
FirmGreen Inc. is a privately held, integrated energy company that participates in virtually all aspects of the global green-energy business.  FirmGreen identifies, develops and commercializes new and emerging technologies and alternative fuels. Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., the company has 37 employees in it management and manufacturing facilities.  The company also has U.S.-based employees in Brazil.  For more information on this privately held, entrepreneurial organization, please visit, Facebook and Twitter.

For interviews requests with FirmGreen’s CEO Steve Wilburn, please contact Corporate Office Manager, Margaret von Tiesenhausen, at 949.270.2941,

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