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June 11th, 2021 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – Today, House Antitrust Subcommittee leaders introduced five bills aimed at “reining in” America’s biggest technology companies. Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response to the proposed legislation: “As we continue to read the detailed text of the […]

June 11th, 2021 by

In this week’s Growth Without Barriers podcast, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan covers some of the key issues being debated and discussed in the nation’s capital. In the podcast, she also highlights an Alignable survey, which finds that 35% of small business owners report they are still at risk of permanent closure this […]

June 9th, 2021 by

by RAYMOND J. KEATING- Some groups and people seem to have a difficult time with keeping matters straight when the public policy focus turns to raising taxes on high-income earners and business. That becomes evident in a recent analysis of polling on taxing the wealthy from Gallup. For example, the author, Frank Newport, wrote, “The […]

June 8th, 2021 by

by RAYMOND J. KEATING – It’s not unusual for politicians to deal in economic fictions. Indeed, many politicians build entire careers by contradicting basic, sound economics. Nonetheless, there’s something particularly fanciful about the antitrust lawsuit being brought by Karl Racine, the District of Columbia’s attorney general, against Amazon. Amazon and the Retail Market It’s important […]

June 4th, 2021 by

The last time that the number of unincorporated self-employment hit the 10 million mark was in August 2008 – nearly 13 years ago. by RAYMOND J. KEATING – As highlighted in the latest employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobs recovery continued in May. But most interesting was a major spike […]

June 3rd, 2021 by

RE: What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware In a memo sent to business association leaders including SBE Council, a June 3 Memo from Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology is urging CEOs and the business community to […]

June 3rd, 2021 by

  by RAYMOND J. KEATING – The survey information served up in the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book pointed to a slightly accelerating economy during the period from early April to late May, along with businesses continuing to wrestle with constrained inputs. “Moderate” Growth The Fed pointed to “moderate” growth, which was slightly faster than […]

June 2nd, 2021 by

During the debate on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (formerly, the Endless Frontier Act) in the U.S. Senate, scores of amendments were being pushed or considered. One of them was the “INFORM Act,” which as SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan noted in a Morning Consult Op-ed would end up undermining small businesses […]

June 1st, 2021 by

by RAYMOND J. KEATING – Given the impact of the pandemic and assistance that has been shoveled out the government’s doors to individuals, it’s been hard to take away anything of substance from monthly personal income reports. Big Fluctuations For example, in the latest report for April, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports […]

May 27th, 2021 by

by RAYMOND J. KEATING – The second estimate of first quarter GDP from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis saw no change in the reported topline growth rate – real GDP grew at 6.4 percent (seasonally adjusted annualized). But the report did offer changes to internals that are worth noting. First, the good news. Two […]

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