Small Business Insider

September 20th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- There’s nothing new about politicians attacking something they call “Big” – like “Big Oil,” “Big Pharma,” and now, “Big Tech.” It’s almost like certain politicians toss aside sound economics and policymaking in favor of playing political games in order to flex their legislative power or energize their respective bases. There’s also […]

September 18th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Housing has had a tough time in 2019, that is, until we hit August, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau on both housing starts and permits. In August, housing starts jumped by 12.3 percent compared to July (at a seasonally adjusted annual rate). In fact, housing starts […]

September 18th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- For much of 2019, industrial production (i.e., the real output of the manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities) has not fared too well. That’s why growth in August, as reported by the Federal Reserve, is most welcome. Specifically, industrial production grew by 0.6 percent in August. That included manufacturing output […]

September 14th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Economic data on inflation and retail sales point to good news for and from consumers. First, on September 12, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index increased at a mere 0.1 percent in August. And over the past year, CPI inflation only ran at 1.7 percent. Low […]

September 12th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Entrepreneurship matters … a lot. If you’re concerned about economic, income, and job growth, then you better be in favor of policies that reduce the governmental burdens on starting up and operating businesses, as well as on financing those businesses. After all, entrepreneurs operating within a free enterprise system serve as […]

September 12th, 2019 by

 by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Vermont ranked 45th – or sixth worst – among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2019” ranks the 50 states according to 62 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index […]

September 3rd, 2019 by

September is National Preparedness Month Visit SBE Council’s website for the latest planning and preparedness tips. Businesses that have a plan and engage employees in preparation improve their odds of business survival following a disaster. Get a plan!   Branding, Marketing and Sales How New Ventures Can Avoid Conventional Media Costs, Startup Professionals. “The power […]

September 2nd, 2019 by

by Karen Kerrigan- Hurricane season is in full swing, but a disaster can hit your business at any time. Developing a plan and getting employees engaged will improve your business’s odds of survival. Here are some resources to help. Have a plan! Disasters can be devastating for a small business – 40% to 60% permanently […]

September 2nd, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Labor Day was launched by the labor movement in the 19th century, with some 10,000 people assembling in New York City for a parade on September 5, 1882. It was President Grover Cleveland in 1894 who signed into law legislation proclaiming that the first Monday in September be recognized as “Labor […]

August 28th, 2019 by

Small Business Insider by Karen Kerrigan- Congress will be back in session the first week of September. SBE Council is gearing up for a big push on several key issues including passage of USMCA, action on key health care issues like a solution to surprise billing and fixing the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), movement on […]

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