Global Markets & TPP

September 19th, 2018 by

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – Canada’s top trade negotiator is currently in Washington for high-level talks on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to hammer out the key areas of contention. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) […]

August 10th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the strong 4.1 percent real GDP growth rate in the second quarter of this year was fed, in part, due to strong export growth (+9.3 percent). But can we expect that to last given the impact of tariffs being pushed by the […]

July 2nd, 2018 by

The Honorable Wilbur Ross Secretary of Commerce U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.  20230   Subject: Section 232 Automobile and Automotive Parts Imports Investigation, docket number DOC-2018-0002 Dear Secretary Ross, The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the investigation into the effects of national […]

June 11th, 2018 by

There is a lot of activity on the trade front. Here is the latest update. by Karen Kerrigan- Since our founding nearly 25 years ago, SBE Council has be a big supporter of trade and opening global markets for small businesses. Of late, our members have expressed deep concerns about the impact of tariffs on […]

June 7th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Compared to the same time last year, U.S. international trade has shown growth – though with some concerns in the most recent months’ numbers. Exports As detailed in the latest trade report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, real U.S. exports over the period of January to April 2018 were […]

May 21st, 2018 by

by Karen Kerrigan- May is Global Trade Month, which serves as a great reminder that 95% of the world’s consumers live outside of U.S. borders. America’s small businesses already dominate the global marketplace. Did you know that 76.2 percent of U.S. exporters have fewer than 20 employees, and 86.7 percent have fewer than 50 workers? […]

May 7th, 2018 by

In a March 7 Fox News op-ed, SBE Council chief economist Raymond Keating reviews the big benefits of NAFTA for entrepreneurs and small businesses and urges negotiators to maintain the agreement – including key provisions – that have boosted commerce across borders and certainty for business. As he notes in the piece: “The investor-state dispute […]

May 1st, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Given that trade is such a hot policy topic right now, and considering that this is National Small Business Week, let’s take a look at key points on trade from a small business perspective. First, it’s critical to provide a reminder that trade is not just about the “big guys,” but […]

April 20th, 2018 by

  In a CNBC Nightly News report and article, reporter Kate Rogers talked with small business owners about the impact of President Trump’s proposed tariffs on their operations and livelihood. A soybean farmer from Nebraska said the proposed tariffs “might mean make or break for the farm that’s been in her family for more than […]

April 19th, 2018 by

Raymond J. Keating Chief Economist Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council   Submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative   Docket No. USTR-2018-0005 Public Hearing Date: May 15, 2018 The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is pleased to submit these comments. My name is Raymond J. Keating, and I am the […]

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