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December 1st, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – As we’ve experienced since the start of the Great Recession at the end of 2007 (that’s right – for 15 years now!), during tough and/or sluggish economic times, the near-constant feed of information coming forth on the economy turns out to be inconsistent or uneven. There are a few positives […]

November 29th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  According to the measure of consider confidence from The Conference Board, American consumers are a down-in-the-dumps bunch with the Christmas holiday shopping season getting into full swing.  The Conference Board reported that after recovering in August and September, the Consumer Confidence Index has now declined in both October and November. The […]

November 22nd, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – In the most straightforward terms, the interest rate on a loan is the price that borrowers, including small businesses, have to pay to get money now for whatever purpose, such as investing in new equipment. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see that a recent poll of small business owners conducted […]

November 4th, 2022 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – It’s the weekend before the 2022 midterm elections, and candidates for Congress will be making their final pitch to voters out on the campaign trail.  The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) notes that these politicians will no doubt be stopping by Main Street to profess their […]

October 27th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  Upon seeing that real GDP grew at 2.6 percent in the third quarter, according to the first estimate released on October 27 by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, my first thought was: Well, at least it’s not negative. After real GDP declined by 1.6 percent in the first quarter […]

October 20th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  The latest edition of the Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book” pointed to a messy economy. That’s anything but surprising. This survey of various contacts outside the Fed pointed to an economy growing “modestly,” but that assessment varied considerably across the economy. Indeed, the term might be a bit optimistic based on […]

October 19th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  The latest report on residential construction from the U.S. Census Bureau showed both housing starts and permits taking hits in September. This raises more questions about recession, as well as putting attention on the need for sound policymaking. Housing starts (annual rate) were down by 8.1 percent in September versus […]

October 18th, 2022 by

“The U.K.’s CMA has taken direct aim at America’s startup ecosystem through its brash overreach.”  For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – Today, Meta announced that it will sell GIF-sharing platform Giphy in response to a final decision reached by the United Kingdom’s Competition and Market Authority (CMA), which asserted the acquisition could reduce competition among […]

October 13th, 2022 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – According to the latest data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, high inflation continues its punishing run.  The inflationary pressure continues to tear at the financial health of small and local businesses, according to Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan. She issued […]

October 11th, 2022 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington., D.C – Today, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that will make it more costly, complex and difficult for individuals to enjoy flexibility and economic opportunity through independent contractor work. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement on […]

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