Op-Eds and Articles

September 7th, 2016 by

Congress is back on Capitol Hill following the August recess. As a September 7, 2016 AP story by Joyce Rosenberg points out, “small business owners are hoping issues they care about like tax reform or health care will get some attention.” Major reforms are certainly not doable as both the House and Senate will need […]

August 17th, 2016 by

A Small Biz Daily Oped by SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) chief advocate Ann Sullivan covered the “10 Things” the two groups developed as a guide of sorts for candidates running for elected office. As noted by Kerrigan and Sullivan in the piece: Job creation and economic […]

August 11th, 2016 by

In a Morning Consult Op-ed (August 11), SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan and WIPP Chief Advocate Ann Sullivan write about the power of women and women entrepreneurs in our country and economy. To encourage entrepreneurship and strong small business growth, they urge the presidential candidates to focus on improving and reforming the regulatory […]

July 25th, 2016 by

The Big Sky State has some work to do to become more small business friendly. As the Big Sky Business Journal noted in a recent article, Montana ranks 30th on SBE Council’s Small Business Tax Index 2016.  The article reviews the rankings of the best and worst states, what other states have done to reduce taxes, […]

July 23rd, 2016 by

In a July 23 Op-Ed in the Bellefontaine Examiner, SBE Council member and serial entrepreneur Jason Duff captured the sentiment and concern of many small business owners when he wrote about burdensome and complex regulations and the need to make changes to the massive federal regulatory system. As Jason writes in his piece: The regulatory […]

July 18th, 2016 by

The great recession followed by the weak economic recovery have been tough on small businesses. And, as reports, New Jersey “lost more than 9,500 of its roughly 180,000 small businesses from 2004 to 2014 as it struggled to recover from the downturn. Every county besides Ocean lost small businesses over the decade.” The article digs into some […]

July 13th, 2016 by

Nebraska has many positive attributes, but the state’s tax system is not one of them. An editorial in The Grand Island Independent ponders whether Nebraska’s non-competitive tax system is why the state is falling behind with regard to growth: “Nebraska ranks near the top in terms of how the state fared through the recession, but, […]

June 8th, 2016 by

In a June 8 Grand Junction Business Times Op-Ed, SBE Council Chief Economist Raymond Keating wrote that even though there is a lot of focus on the 2016 elections and the presidential race “there’s still much left to do on the congressional calendar.” One pressing item is the future of the nation’s energy legacy, where […]

May 31st, 2016 by

In a May 31 Op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council’s Karen Kerrigan looks at the recent price drop in postal stamps, which she says is welcome news for small businesses. She writes that the U.S. Postal Service needs to continue to focus on its core mission rather than expand into new forms of business that […]

May 12th, 2016 by

On May 11, THE Small Business Expert and SBE Council Advocate Susan Solovic testified before the House Small Business Committee at a hearing titled “Inspiring Entrepreneurs and Learning from the Experts.” Solovic joined an esteemed panel, which included MSNBC “Your Business” Host JJ Ramberg, Smart Hustle Magazine Editor Ramon Ray, and Small Biz Lady Melinda […]

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