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February 4th, 2018 by

There were 200,000 jobs created in January, which is a very solid number. In addition, wage growth is stronger with average hourly earnings up 2.9 percent on an annualized basis (the best gain since 2009).  The good news doesn’t stop there. New business creation and entrepreneurship are steadily rising.  The climate for starting and expanding […]

February 2nd, 2018 by

Good News Continues on Entrepreneurship by Raymond J. Keating- The January jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offered up solid news in terms of maintaining the positive trend in entrepreneurship. But first, in terms of jobs, employers added 200,000 to payrolls in January. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent. Wages […]

February 2nd, 2018 by

by Karen Kerrigan- Small business optimism continues to hit record highs, and President Trump channeled that buoyancy in his State of the Union (SOTU) address on January 30.  In fact, a January 25 Gallup/Wells Fargo Small Business Index survey reports that optimism is at an eleven-year high.  And, “Owners’ ratings of their future financial situation now match levels from December 2007 […]

January 31st, 2018 by

by Susan Solovic- The other day on Fox Business, Charles Payne noted how the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation changed its name to include the word “blockchain” – it’s now The Long Blockchain Corporation – and its stock price tripled overnight. Such is the power of blockchain. Okay, I’m kidding about the “power” of blockchain; […]

January 27th, 2018 by

The latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index finds that business owners are the most optimistic since early 2007. They have a healthy outlook on cash flow, capital spending and expect that obtaining credit will ease. The top business concerns all sound familiar – attracting customers and finding new business, finding and retaining high quality staff, […]

January 26th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating, Chief Economist The latest topline number of GDP growth from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis was a little disappointing given the strong two previous quarters and positive momentum in the economy. Our optimism now means we have higher expectations for great numbers and performance, which, in itself, […]

January 22nd, 2018 by

by Susan Solovic- Sometimes I think Mark Zuckerberg sees the people and businesses who inhabit his world – aka Facebook – like dolls at a 4-year-old’s tea party. He sits us where he likes. He makes us interact with each other however the mood strikes him on any given day. Currently, Zuckerberg is in the […]

January 21st, 2018 by

By Karen Kerrigan- Incentivized by key provisions in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” many large companies have announced new investments and large-scale spending plans for U.S.-based projects.  Apple’s recent announcement to invest $30 billion in U.S. facilities over the next five years, create 20,000 new jobs, and pay $38 billion in new taxes was the […]

January 19th, 2018 by

January is National Mentoring Month By Karen Kerrigan- Mentors have played a very critical role in my life and career. Oftentimes these mentoring relationships were informal interactions or get-togethers where I simply wanted to learn “tips of the trade,” acquire feedback about ideas, or seek advice and counsel. But other times they were more structured, […]

January 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Industrial production – the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities – finished 2017 on a strong note, expanding by 0.9 percent, even though manufacturing output barely inched ahead, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. Overall industrial production was up for the year, growing […]

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