Member spotlight 12.11.13: MasterCard, Bechtel, Microsoft, Opower, Loop Media Hub

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Wed, 2013-12-11 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

MasterCard spotlights "cashless pioneers:" As part of its vision of moving toward a world beyond cash, Council Lead Partner MasterCard is highlighting the impact that electronic payments have had on the lives of small business owners and their businesses. Its latest stories reflect how microbusiness owners from Colombia, Brazil and Costa Rica have leapfrogged their competition and strengthened their business by accepting cashless payments.

Bechtel sites lauded for sustainability excellence: Three national security sites managed and operated by teams that include Council Lead Partner Bechtel have earned 13 National Nuclear Security Administration Sustainability Awards for 2013. The awards recognize exemplary performance in advancing sustainability through innovative and effective programs and projects that increase energy, water and vehicle fleet efficiency as well as reduce greenhouse gases, pollution and waste.

Microsoft gives students an advantage: The software giant, a Council Lead Partner, launched its Student Advantage program that means K-12 schools and universities that license Microsoft Office for staff and faculty can now offer Office 365 subscriptions free to their students.

How Opower sells energy efficiency: Don't miss the great interview with Dan Yates, CEO of Council Associate Partner Opower, on the Utility Dive website. Yates talks about why utilities, which after all are in the business of selling energy, partner with Opower, which uses behavioral science to encourage consumers to save energy. It's a good read.

All aboard The Loop Data Rail: The Loop Media Hub, a St. Louis-based Council Advisor, just announced that The Loop Data Rail will bring high-speed gigabit Internet access to businesses and residents in focus neighborhoods that are part of its economic development effort.

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