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April 28th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The topline story on the economy from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis notes that real economic growth continued to badly under-perform in the first quarter of 2017. But there also are some positives in the data that provide hope for faster growth lying ahead. Slow Topline Growth Overall, real […]

April 25th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- World IP Day is April 26th. As the World Intellectual Property Organization points out: “Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.” Small Business and IP From a small business perspective, […]

April 24th, 2017 by

by Susan Solovic- While there is a lot of good general information in this week’s batch of curated content, I think anyone involved in e-commerce is going to be especially pleased with many of the offerings. Leadership, Management, and Productivity The best sure-fire way to boost the bottom line is to reduce costs. If you’re […]

April 23rd, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The previously unfathomable revolution experienced over the past roughly dozen years in the U.S. energy sector has been all about investment and innovation. Indeed, it’s private entrepreneurship, investment and innovation that has taken the U.S. from assuming extensive energy dependence on other nations to being the globe’s top petroleum and […]

April 23rd, 2017 by

   by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Ohio ranked 10th among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2017” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2016: Ohio ranked 8th […]

April 22nd, 2017 by

  The past week’s roundup of “How To” articles, educational resources and events, business news and success stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6 The weeklong celebration features events and opportunities for online participation. View the schedule of events here.  BRANDING & MARKETING 20 YouTube Video […]

April 21st, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Two notable takes on the economy were served up this week. Let’s take a quick look at key points from each. Manufacturing Production Off. For March, industrial production (which measures the real output of the manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities industries) rose by 0.5 percent. But that was […]

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 […]

April 18th, 2017 by

By Karen Kerrigan- Tax Day 2017 is a painful reminder that the U.S. tax code is an outdated mess. For entrepreneurs and small business owners, the complexity and inequities are especially onerous. So politicians who promise to fix America’s tax system are very appealing to entrepreneurs and the small business community. However, the “talk” is […]

April 17th, 2017 by

By Susan Solovic- I was really pleased to find some good guidance on market research to share with you this week. It’s a topic that doesn’t get much attention, but one that can make or break a startup or any plans for expansion. Marketing and Sales Need a DIY guide to market research? In his […]

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