Global Markets & TPP

May 26th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- May is World Trade Month, and there is a lot to focus on with respect to the role of small business in global markets and the importance of trade for the U.S. economy. Indeed, trade has become increasingly vital to healthy job creation, innovation, small business growth and the health of […]

May 25th, 2016 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – With May being World Trade Month, and various World Trade Days being celebrated this week across the United States, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) released its “Top 5 Facts About Small Business and International Trade.” Top 5 Facts About Small Business and International Trade ONE: Small […]

May 3rd, 2016 by

Over the long run, trade has been an unmistakable plus for the U.S. economy, including for American small businesses. However, the numbers, as well as campaign declarations, on trade recently have been troubling. Consider four overarching points on the trends in trade and trade policy: The Decline in Exports and Imports According to the latest […]

April 22nd, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to China vs. the U.S. on economic matters, there’s a great deal of bad economics and fear mongering going on in the political arena. Just look at what’s being said on the trade front. Besides trade, another issue that pops up on occasion – and generating a wide […]

March 4th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows more bad news on trade. In fact, the fall off in both exports and imports for the past year-plus has been quite dramatic. Exports Down for 4 Straight Months On the export side, January exports declined versus December levels, and […]

February 6th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- With the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis release of December’s trade data, the bad news on trade for 2015 was confirmed. U.S. exports for all of 2015 declined versus 2014. That was the first annual decline in exports since 2009, in the depths of the recent recession. Looking at data since […]

January 20th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- As many small business owners will attest, Washington has produced a boatload of bad policies that have burdened entrepreneurs and have worked against risk taking and strong business growth. For example, increased taxes, the regulatory explosion, loose money creating uncertainty, and more government spending and debt are the type of policies […]

January 14th, 2016 by

As exporters, importers and consumers the proposed tariffs – and ending NAFTA – would “impose serious costs on U.S. entrepreneurs, and undermine economic opportunity.” By Ray Keating- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not very big on free trade – though he says that he is. In reality, Trump seems to be rather protectionist when […]

January 7th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest trade data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis continues to tell a troubling economic tale of declining exports and imports. Exports fell for the second consecutive month in November 2015, and were down by 8 percent compared to the recent high set in October 2014. The November level […]

December 14th, 2015 by

by Karen Kerrigan- In a letter on December 10 to all members of the United States Congress, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan urged House and Senate members to vote “yes” on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act conference report, which includes important customs modernization and trade enforcement provisions and makes […]

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