Op-Eds and Articles

January 25th, 2024 by

In a January 24 Townhall Op-Ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan writes that President Biden is undermining his Cancer Moonshot Initiative – announced with great fanfare recently, along with a commitment of $300 million in taxpayer dollars – through “the damage currently being inflicted on private-sector investment in pharmaceutical research as a result […]

January 17th, 2024 by

71% of small business owners are actively planning or taking steps to prepare for a recession. ● Small business owners are concerned about future economic conditions, particularly inflation, and are actively preparing for a potential recession ● Inflation and economic uncertainty are challenging small businesses, affecting their ability to invest capital confidently ● The Federal […]

January 9th, 2024 by

In a Fox Business Op-Ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan details the innovative disaster that could result from new “guidance” being issued by the federal government that proposes to change the rules on when government could “march in” and seize patents and discoveries seeded with federal dollars or grants. Kerrigan writes: “Specifically, the […]

December 9th, 2023 by

In a December 6 Real Clear Policy Op-ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan conveys the importance of needed congressional action on key tax measures for small businesses that need to be restored, extended or made permanent. Those incentives include restoring immediate expensing of research and development (R&D) investments, allowing for the immediate write-off […]

November 27th, 2023 by

In a November 22 Boston Herald Op-Ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reminds readers about the competitive and economic dangers of President Biden’s support for waiving intellectual property (IP) rights on U.S.-made COVID vaccines and expanding the waiver to include COVID therapies and tests. The give-a-away would waive aspects of the World Trade […]

November 16th, 2023 by

83% plan significant AI investments in the coming year ● Small businesses embrace AI for a competitive edge in a challenging economy ● AI helps business owners address challenges like inflation and labor shortages, driving profits, resource redirection, new investments and growth ● AI is being widely used in financial management, email marketing, cybersecurity, and inventory management, along […]

November 9th, 2023 by

Federal Reserve Board actions and policies are taking a painful toll on small businesses. First, the consequences of unprecedented loose monetary policy have come home to roost. Rather than vastly reigning in supply, the Fed quickly jacked up interest rates, which is causing angst and financial pain for small businesses. Furthermore, in response to the […]

October 18th, 2023 by

An October 18 International Business Times Op-ed by SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews the harm that the Inflation Reduction Act imposed on small bio-pharmaceutical companies and how expanding the price controls in that legislation through the “Smart Prices Act.” As Kerrigan notes in the piece, the legislation is far from being smart: […]

September 20th, 2023 by

In a TippsInsights blog post, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reports on the latest “Small Business Check Up Survey Q3” and points out that Amazon small business sellers are quite worried about potential Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action that would impose “structural remedies” on (and possibly break up) Amazon, according to the survey. […]

September 15th, 2023 by

In a blog post for Tipps Insights, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews the latest SBE Council “Small Business Check Up” survey for the third quarter of 2023, and reports that small business owners are dealing with significant economic and business challenges. Kerrigan notes that external factors like diminished access to capital and […]

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