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April 6th, 2019 by

Tips, Trends and Market Intelligence for Entrepreneurs Change in Leadership at SBA The Small Business Administration (SBA) is losing a seasoned entrepreneur and strong small business advocate at the helm. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced her resignation effective April 12.  A few days later, President Trump announced that he plans to nominate Jovita Carranza to […]

April 3rd, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating– Some of the news on the economy has become more mixed of late, raising some questions as we look ahead. For example, the latest take on fourth quarter real GDP growth was downgraded to 2.2 percent. That was revised from an earlier 2.6 percent estimate, and marked a slowdown from solid […]

March 28th, 2019 by

Small Business Insider On March 27, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted affirmatively to advance the nomination of David Tryon as Chief Counsel for the SBA’s Office of Advocacy. His nomination was approved by the committee in the 115th Congress, but action must be taken again in the 116th. SBE Council will […]

March 27th, 2019 by

Small Business Insider At the premier national event (The Forum) this week in Washington, DC where America’s workforce community gathers annually, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan spoke about the challenges and opportunities that small businesses face given tight labor market conditions on top of disruptive forces that are impacting the marketplace.  The Forum […]

March 27th, 2019 by

Tips, Trends and Market Intelligence for Entrepreneurs Finding and retaining qualified employees is the #1 concern of small businesses. The labor market is very competitive, and there are simply not enough appropriately skilled workers who fit the wide range of job openings currently available. There are more than 7 million job openings, and while more […]

March 27th, 2019 by

Growth in housing is always good news for small businesses, as 97.4 percent of employer firms in residential construction have fewer than 20 employees. by Raymond J. Keating- Residential housing continues to be a drag on the economy, as confirmed, once again, in the latest housing permits and starts data from the U.S. Census Bureau. […]

March 22nd, 2019 by

Small Business Insider By Karen Kerrigan- The 2019 Economic Report of the President was released by the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) on March 19. The purpose of the report, mandated by the Employment Act of 1946, is to provide Congress with “timely and authoritative information concerning economic developments and economic trends.” This year’s edition […]

March 21st, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve issued its latest statement on monetary policy on March 20, along with its economic projections. In its statement, the Fed summed up it take on the economy this way: “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that the labor market remains strong but […]

March 16th, 2019 by

Wow – the end of first quarter of 2019 is almost here! Hopefully you are hitting your revenue goals so far, and utilizing all the innovative technologies and practices to more effectively service and grow your customer base. This week’s Small Business Accelerator is packed with solid ideas and content to strengthen your marketing and […]

March 14th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Census Bureau’s durable goods report for January was positive, beating market expectations. While economists and other watchers expected a decline in durable goods orders for January, orders actually increased by 0.4 percent, which was the third consecutive monthly increase. Drilling down, transportation orders, which can be very volatile from month […]

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