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January 17th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: New Hampshire ranked 30th 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 tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. When it comes to its public policy climate […]

January 15th, 2019 by

By Karen Kerrigan- Entrepreneurs have entered 2019 with confidence about their businesses.  Business owners ended the year with record-level optimism, according to key surveys, but see red flags when it comes to the direction of policy given the new political dynamics on Capitol Hill.  While some news headlines are expecting doom-and-gloom for the economy in […]

January 12th, 2019 by

The Tar Heel State Kicks Off the New Year (Again) with an Improved Business Environment   by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: North Carolina ranked 17th 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 tax, […]

January 11th, 2019 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- More good economic news emerged on Friday (January 11) with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) actually declined by 0.1 percent in December. For good measure, from December 2017 to December 2018, CPI inflation ran at only 1.9 percent. The […]

January 9th, 2019 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- While measures of consumer confidence are worth factoring into assessments on the economy, data on consumer actions is what matters. The same, of course, can be said of surveys about what business owners and executives say they are going to do regarding investment versus the actual investment numbers. […]

January 4th, 2019 by

The best year for U.S. job growth for some time by Raymond J. Keating- Employment growth in the U.S. finished strong in 2018, according to the December jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. First, according to the establishment survey, nonfarm payrolls increased by a robust 312,000 in December. Payroll growth was particularly […]

January 3rd, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Nine states actually experienced a decline in population in 2018, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, eight of those states have now suffered an uninterrupted streak of multi-year population losses. Consider the numbers regarding these eight states:  ● West Virginia has now lost population for six […]

December 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- No matter the short term price changes and accompanying reactions in the market, the story of American energy production has been the most significant economic plus for the U.S. economy for some 13 years now. For good measure, while trade has been an area of policy indifference or troubling protectionism for […]

December 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Oregon ranked 42nd 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 tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2017: Oregon ranked 42nd among […]

December 14th, 2018 by

SBE council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan appeared on Newsy.com to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship to the U.S. economy and the challenges facing millennial entrepreneurs. There has been a big drop-off in new business creation among this cohort, and this Newsy feature explores what that could mean for the U.S. economy. Watch the segment […]

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