PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Keating’s CyberColumn

April 19th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Entrepreneurship long has been viewed as part of the American Dream, part of the DNA of Americans, and embedded in our culture. And U.S. entrepreneurship has been a key competitive advantage in the global economy. But are things changing – for the worse? Millions of “Missing” Businesses Well, there are […]

March 29th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Throughout its eight years, the Obama administration was relentless in its opposition to carbon-based energy resources, leading many observers to refer to a “war on coal” and a “war on energy.” That war is coming to an end. Not only has President Trump reversed the Obama White House by approving the […]

March 3rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- There are rare moments when government establishes a regulatory framework that works pretty well. That had been the case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the regulator of online privacy for the past two decades. As U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Z) explained in an oped in the March 1 Wall […]

February 22nd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The 21st annual Small Business Policy Index, which ranks the 50 states based on their policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship, was just published by SBE Council. The Inex arguably is the most comprehensive assessment of state policymaking toward small business, and is based on 55 different policy measures. We’ve […]

February 1st, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- It verges on the cliché. But, in fact, businesses and investors do not like uncertainty. And given such anathema toward uncertainty, entrepreneurs, businesses and investors should support President Donald Trump’s selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the past decade, the existence […]

January 27th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Economic growth during the last quarter and final year under President Barack Obama was, unfortunately, dismal. A Story of Weak Economic Growth Real GDP in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to data released on January 27 by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, came in at a mere 1.9 percent, […]

December 17th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve provided another sober reminder regarding the state of our economy with the release of November industrial production data on December 14. Industrial production – which measures the real output of the manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities industries – declined in November by 0.4 percent. That’s the […]

December 14th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- So, on December 14, the Federal Open Market Committee raised the federal funds rate from the 0.25%-0.5% range to the 0.5%-0.75% range. And guess what? The sky didn’t fall. Should small businesses care? Well, yes and no. Consider a few key points. First, it’s important to recognize that the fed funds […]

December 1st, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Since officially moving from recession to recovery in mid-2009, the story on the U.S. economy has changed very little. And two new reports indicate that the challenges will not change as a new presidential administration and new Congress take power. The State of GDP Growth On November 29, the U.S. […]

November 21st, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Americans usually mark the beginning of Thanksgiving – or a national day of thanks – to a three-day gathering between the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. It was Abraham Lincoln in 1863 who proclaimed an official Thanksgiving Day. As people across the nation settle in […]

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