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December 2nd, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Arizona ranked sixth best 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: Nevada ranked 11th […]

November 20th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small businesses play a key role in helping to bring food to the Thanksgiving tables of Americans.  Make no mistake, the roles, as noted in the information below, are substantial in ensuring that  Thanksgiving Day festivities are enjoyed by all. Consider, for example: Grocery stores. Most of us purchase the main […]

November 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Industrial production in October edged ahead by 0.1 percent compared to September, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. Compared to a year earlier, industrial output was up by a solid 4.1 percent. The lone growth area among major industry groups in October was manufacturing production, which was up […]

November 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest state employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pointed to nonfarm employment in October being up in 9 states, and effectively unchanged in 41 states. However, over the past year, 36 states added jobs, with 14 basically unchanged. So, which states were the top gainers? During October […]

November 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- Consumer confidence rides high, according to the latest take from the Conference Board. The board’s consumer confidence measure improved in October to 137.9 (1985=100), up from the September level of 135.3. Breaking this down further, the Conference Board reported: “The Present Situation Index – based on consumers’ […]

October 25th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Georgia ranked 20th 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: Georgia […]

October 16th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Strength in the U.S. industrial sector continued in September, according to the latest report on industrial production from the Federal Reserve. Total industrial production – i.e., the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities – grew by 0.3 percent in September. And keep in mind that the […]

October 16th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider: The Economy by Raymond J. Keating- On October 11, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that real average hourly earnings on private nonfarm payrolls grew solidly by 0.3 percent in September versus August. In addition, real average hourly earnings have increased in six of the last seven months. That’s welcome growth. Of […]

October 12th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: 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: SBE Council’s “Small Business Tax Index 2017” ranks the states […]

October 4th, 2018 by

Measures from the Institute for Supply Management Show Continued Economic Growth by Raymond J. Keating- Good economic news came from the Institute for Supply Management’s reports this week. First, the ISM manufacturing Index came in at 59.8 percent for September. Now, that was down from 61.3 percent in August. However, it needs to be pointed […]

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