Small Business Insider

September 21st, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Americans have great confidence in small businesses. Gallup has reported that “70% of Americans have ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in small business, more than three times the 21% confidence rating for big business.” On the small business level of confidence, it was noted, “This year’s 70% […]

September 20th, 2017 by

by Susan Solovic- We’re surrounded by the cyber-sphere today almost as much as we are surrounded by the air we breathe. And, for many, maintaining a constant connection to this digital reality is almost as important as inhaling and exhaling. While this is true for members of every consumer demographic, it’s especially true for today’s […]

September 20th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- From at least 2007 to 2016, U.S. entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and workers were beaten down thanks to misguided and costly government actions, including tax hikes and increased regulatory costs. (The policy ills, along with proposed remedies, were spelled out in a November 2016 SBE Council report.) The U.S. desperately needs […]

September 18th, 2017 by

By Susan Solovic- Whether you think of it as your “daily grind” or simply your daily schedule, you’ll find a lot of tips to help you get it under control and maximized for success and productivity among this edition of our carefully curated content. Leadership, Management, and Productivity Even when you’re chasing your dreams you […]

September 15th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The August retail sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau was a disappointment. Not only did retail sales decline by 0.2 percent in August, but July’s positive growth rate was revised down from 0.6 percent to 0.3 percent, and June’s went from a gain of 0.3 percent to a tiny […]

September 13th, 2017 by

   by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Texas ranked second best among the 50 states. Florida ranked fifth best 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 […]

September 13th, 2017 by

By Karen Kerrigan- On September 13, the House Education and Workforce Committee hosted a joint legislative hearing on the Save Local Business Act, H.R. 3441, a legislative solution to fix the expanded joint employer rule that is generating deep uncertainty and operational havoc for many entrepreneurs and small businesses. The legislative fix is needed for […]

September 9th, 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. Hurricane Disaster Assistance and Emergency Preparedness SBA Disaster Assistance: Who Can Use a Low-Interest Disaster Loan? And more of your questions answered here. FEMA Rumor Page There is a […]

September 7th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) publishes lending data, including bank loans for small businesses. According to the latest numbers from June 2017, both small business loan balances and the number of small business loans continue to grow. However, small business lending still has not recovered to levels before the 2008-09 […]

September 7th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. trade numbers, as released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on September 6, were troubling. Exports of U.S. goods and services declined slightly in July relative to June – from $194.9 billion to $194.4 billion. Keep in mind that the story on exports has been disappointing for more […]

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