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December 14th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- At first glance, the topline growth number of 0.2 percent on retail sales for November would seem a bit underwhelming. But digging just below the surface, one discovers a better story. When you factor out volatile gas station sales, retail sales in November grew by 0.5 percent. That points to […]

December 12th, 2018 by

The Airband Initiative by Karen Kerrigan- On December 4, I attended an event hosted by Microsoft president Brad Smith where he provided an update on the company’s “Airband Initiative.” This important project is a five-year commitment made by Microsoft to bring quality broadband access to 2 million unserved rural Americans by July 2022, utilizing unassigned […]

December 12th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest news on Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was good. After a blip up (+0.3 percent) in October, the CPI remained unchanged in November. And over the past year, CPI inflation ran at only 2.2 percent. Sometimes people forget that low inflation is […]

December 10th, 2018 by

By Karen Kerrigan- On December 4, SBE Council hosted an event with the Small Business Roundtable (SBR) and the Connected Commerce Council (3C) on the importance of advancing a national privacy framework.  California enacted a complex and cumbersome state privacy law this past October, and twenty-six states are looking to adopt their own privacy and […]

December 8th, 2018 by

Tips, Trends and Resources for Entrepreneurs While small business owners and entrepreneurs are working hard to finish 2018 strong, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan is looking ahead to help them prepare for 2019. Here are some highlights and insights on what’s to come, what to watch and how to respond. Your Best Year […]

December 7th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wasn’t poor, nor was it robust regarding overall employment growth. It was a respectable month. However, concerns continued regarding self-employment as a measure of entrepreneurship. The establishment survey pointed to a gain of 155,000 in payrolls. That was down notably […]

December 6th, 2018 by

\\ by Raymond J. Keating- According to the Federal Reserve’s survey of various contacts in its latest Beige Book released on December 5, the economy from mid-October to late November grew at “a modest or moderate pace.” However, “Dallas and Philadelphia noted slower growth compared with the prior Beige Book period,” and “St. Louis and […]

December 5th, 2018 by

New HHS Reports Identifies Costs Drivers, and Reforms by Raymond J. Keating- When an undertaking in our economy or society isn’t working as expected or faces challenges, the answer too often from politicians is to have government do something about it. That usually means government throwing tax dollars at and/or imposing regulations on the real […]

December 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating The latest report on personal income from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis was rich in good news. Personal income grew by 0.5 percent in October, and disposable personal income (i.e., personal income less current taxes) increased by 0.3 percent. It was noted that a good chunk of […]

November 28th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- When talking about the retail business, you’re talking small business. According to the latest Census Bureau data, for example, among employer firms in the retail trade business, 80.4 percent have fewer than 10 employees, 91.1 percent fewer than 20 employees, and 98.4 percent fewer than 100 workers. Retail […]

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