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President Barack Obama (center), National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients (left) and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett meet with more than 40 company executives and their small business suppliers in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 11 in Washington

Corporations Promise Obama They'll Pay Small Businesses Faster

Payment times stretched out after the recession and never quite recovered. Twenty-six big companies now say they'll speed up payments to suppliers

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