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May 11th, 2017 by

           Weigh in to Reduce Red Tape! By Karen Kerrigan- President Trump has issued various executive orders on reforming and streamlining the federal regulatory system. This is a critical issue for small businesses and entrepreneurship, and a top concern for business owners. The cost and burden of regulation disproportionately impacts small firms and remains a […]

May 10th, 2017 by

by Susan Solovic- One of the most important concepts to understand when promoting your business is the natural tensions between brand advertising (branding) and direct response advertising. When you receive a mailer telling you that your local Ford dealer is having a year-end clearance sale, that is direct response advertising. After the sale is over, […]

May 9th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve released its latest Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices on May 8, which looks at “changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to businesses and households over the past three months.” A few key points regarding small business: Easing Terms […]

May 7th, 2017 by

  How NOT To Do Tax Reform by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Louisiana ranked 22nd 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 […]

May 6th, 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 Webinars, U.S. Small Business Administration. This past week, SBA hosted various webinars to help small businesses grow and fine-tune their business. Five different webinars were […]

May 5th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The Bureau of Labor Statistics served up April jobs numbers on May 5, 2017, and the numbers were a mix of some positive news as well as some persistent concerns. Let’s consider 5 key points: 1)Nonfarm payrolls increased by 211,000 in April. That was up from a poor showing of […]

May 4th, 2017 by

by Susan Solovic- Coming up with marketing blog topics – ideas for your blog to market your business – week in and week out is difficult, to say the least. Quick tip: Have Evernote or a similar app always nearby so when that killer blog topic idea strikes you from out of the blue, you […]

May 3rd, 2017 by

By Susan Solovic– In today’s diverse marketplace, successful small business owners offer products and services that appeal to a wide range of people. You probably know that. But success also requires attracting and retaining loyal employees. Small business owners who offer flexible benefit programs will have a competitive edge in recruiting the strongest candidates for […]

May 3rd, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Week 2017 was held April 30-May 6.  It is one focal point on the yearly calendar to celebrate and appreciate entrepreneurs, small businesses and their employees, and all that they accomplish in terms of innovation, job creation and economic growth. It’s also an appropriate time to take an […]

April 30th, 2017 by

National Small Business Week Educational Series   Most small business owners dream of becoming the next Uber or Airbnb— unicorns with multi-billion valuations and adored by venture capitalists. While dreaming big is fine (and we highly encourage it!), keep in mind that most small businesses won’t ever qualify for VC, and it is very difficult […]

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