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February 5th, 2016 by

By Raymond Keating- On Friday, February 5, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its first look at January employment data. And amidst other negative economic reports – such as poor GDP growth, sad industrial production numbers, declining productivity, and a slowdown in the service sector according to the latest non-manufacturing report – the jobs […]

January 6th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- It’s the New Year, and Congress is getting back to work. Some believe that the last-minute passage of a tax-extender package in December may have cleared the way for tax reform to move closer to reality in 2016. Of course, this would be great from a small business perspective. The Hill […]

December 30th, 2015 by

Can you guess which of these states offer a more favorable policy environment for entrepreneurs and small business? by Raymond J. Keating- The four largest states are split on the direction people are moving. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, the four largest states in the U.S. are California (39.1 million residents), […]

December 23rd, 2015 by

In a December 23 story in Small Business Trends, SBE Council chief economist is interviewed by Anita Campbell on his Economic Outlook Report for 2016, specifically about the trend in self-employment. As noted by Campbell in her interview with Keating, he explained “the number of self-employed is an important indication of the status of startups and entrepreneurship. […]

December 9th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On December 7, the fourth quarter Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, a survey of small business owners, was released. It revealed a less-than-optimistic and declining outlook. Thumbtack also released new data with economists at Bloomberg this week, which found the economic outlook among small business owners in November was down nearly […]

November 19th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Earlier this month, the Fed released its latest Senior Loan Officer Survey. So, does the survey tell us anything of interest for small businesses and the overall state of business lending? There are 5 key points to consider. 1) Overall business loan demand flat. The demand for commercial and industrial loans […]

October 25th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Updated December 17, 2015 The importance of entrepreneurship and small business to the US economy should not be underestimated. At the same time, the US economy has been struggling for nearly nine years – or arguably for almost 15 years now. Consider that real annual GDP growth averaged 3.8 percent from […]

October 13th, 2015 by

By Susan Solovic- A Creative Way to Get Products in Front of Willing Buyers Twitter is adding buy buttons. Instagram is doing the same. Amazon offers same-day grocery delivery in several markets. All of these are retail experiments to discover the ideal strategies that use technology to connect buyers to products in the systems that […]

October 8th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On October 6, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released trade data for August. The export numbers were grim, to say the least. Consider 5 key points: One: Total exports fell in August versus July, with exports falling in seven of the last ten months. Two: Exports were down by 6.4 percent […]

October 6th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On October 5, the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – announced agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade accord. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) noted, “The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, […]

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