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August 19th, 2017 by

The past week’s roundup of “How To” articles, educational resources and future events, business news and success stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. Current Events and Key Data U.S. Business Sectors Gain or Hold Steady in Public Esteem, Gallup. “…a majority of Americans rate nine business sectors positively this year — the […]

August 18th, 2017 by

by Susan Solovic- I was reviewing a calendar of various “special days” recently and I noted that a few weeks ago it was “National Simplicity Day.” I guess things were a bit too hectic in my life to notice it at the time… Sorry. Generally, I load these pages up with things you need to […]

August 16th, 2017 by

A Tax Roller Coaster Ride in the Pine Tree State Ends Up Being No Fun by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Maine ranked 44th 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 […]

August 15th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Census Bureau’s advanced look at July retail sales, along with positive revisions for June, make for a positive take on the consumer. In July, retail sales increased by 0.6 percent, which basically doubled market expectations. In addition, a decline of 0.2 percent for June was revised up to a gain […]

August 14th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Tax relief and reform is critical for entrepreneurship, small business, U.S. competitiveness and our economy. And it’s important for any reform effort to permanently end the estate, or death, tax. The Death Tax: A Brief History The current U.S. death tax was first imposed in 1916 at a rate of 10 […]

August 14th, 2017 by

                by Susan Solovic– Jo Malone’s fragrance company story passes the smell test, Joleena Louis recommends a prenup, and Jessika Phillips gives delivers some harsh marketing truths in this week’s collection of curated content. Dig in! Leadership, Management, and Productivity If you’re a local merchant, you need to […]

August 14th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- A new study serves up details on the economic contributions from a good news sector – that is, the oil and natural gas industry – during a period when the overall economy has under-performed. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP authored Impacts of the Natural Gas and Oil Industry on the U.S. Economy in 2015 […]

August 12th, 2017 by

The past week’s roundup of “How To” articles, educational resources and future events, business news and success stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. Featured Resource Cultivating a Business, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. It’s National Farmer’s Market Week, and in a blog post Administrator McMahon shares her insights into how some brick-and-mortar stores […]

August 11th, 2017 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER by Karen Kerrigan– The National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB’s) “joint employer” standard issued under the Obama Administration has been a big headache and source of uncertainty for many small businesses.  SBE Council has repeatedly pointed out the harm the new standard has imposed on U.S. entrepreneurship, small business franchising, and any small […]

August 11th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Productivity in the second quarter of this year climbed at an annualized rate of 0.9 percent, which was up from a revised slight gain of 0.1 percent in the first quarter. Nonfarm business sector labor productivity (as the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, productivity is output per hour, “calculated by dividing […]

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