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August 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- It’s actually hard to imagine a more positive declaration on the economy than the monetary policy statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee on August 1. The opening paragraph speaks of strong growth, solid job gains, and strong growth in business and consumer spending, along with tame […]

July 31st, 2018 by

…real per capita disposable income has now increased for 12 straight months. That’s an impressive period of growth – rising from $42,726 (in 2012 dollars) in June 2017 to $43,730 in June 2018. by Raymond J. Keating- The June report on personal income from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis continued with good news on […]

July 27th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider: Business Success Strategies By Barbara Weltman- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created new tax incentives in “qualified opportunity zones” (QOZs, or Opportunity Zones). These are areas designated by a state (and approved by the IRS) as economically-distressed communities for which the new tax incentives apply. The tax incentives are designed to […]

July 27th, 2018 by

Lawmakers Aim at “Big Tech” and Hit Small Businesses with New Regulations   by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: California ranked worst – number 50 – among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of […]

July 27th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider: The Economy by Raymond J. Keating- Second quarter real GDP growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, grew at a strong 4.1 percent annualized rate. That was the fastest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014. It also was a sharp step up from sluggish growth over the previous […]

July 26th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- The Paychex Business Sentiment Report released on July 25th showed confidence among small business owners in terms their business outlook and the economy. Specifically, on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the most optimistic, small business owners (firms with less than 500 employees) gave […]

July 26th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider: The Latest Economic Data   by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau’s June durable goods report pointed to a bounce back in durable goods. After two months of decline, durable goods orders grew at 1.0 percent in June. The Importance of Durable Goods Durable goods orders are a leading indicator on […]

July 25th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- First quarter real GDP growth in the U.S. was lackluster, with growth registering a meager 2.0 percent. However, that, of course, does not mean that growth was the same across the nation. Indeed, as we see in the state GDP report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic […]

July 24th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider    by Raymond J. Keating- Strong economic growth for the second quarter of 2018 is expected when the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its latest GDP data on Friday, July 27. If that turns out to be the case, then a significant chunk of the American public will not be surprised, […]

July 22nd, 2018 by

Small Business Insider By Karen Kerrigan– On July 19, President Trump announced his “Pledge to American Workers” and signed an Executive Order (EO) on workforce development. The EO establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will “convene voices from the private, education, labor, and not-for-profit sectors to enhance employment opportunities for Americans of […]

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