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March 11th, 2020 by

By Karen Kerrigan- Effective communications and engagement with customers are critical differentiators in a competitive economy, and this is especially important now.  If you want customers to keep purchasing from your business during this time of uncertainty, and to maintain their loyalty for the long-term, you need to tell them what you are doing to […]

March 5th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest edition of the Fed’s Beige Book points to an economy expanding at “a modest to moderate rate” in a majority of Federal Reserve districts. However, the St. Louis and Kansas City Districts reported no growth. As for the horizon, worries focus on the coronavirus and the presidential election. As […]

March 4th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- If you’re a self-proclaimed socialist running for president, then you’re probably going to be proposing a staggering expansion in the size of government, and with major tax increases to pay for it. That certainly is the case of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent socialist seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for […]

March 3rd, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Government sometimes takes action just for the sake of looking like it’s doing something. It may not matter if the action makes sense or not, it’s simply that an elected official or a bureaucrat wants to look like he or she is doing something … anything. That’s what the Federal Reserve’s […]

March 3rd, 2020 by

BY BARBARA WELTMAN– The world first heard about the coronavirus a month ago. Yet it has intruded on many aspects of life and certainly has a negative economic effect. People are changing travel plans. Colleges are canceling studies abroad. The stock market took a dramatic downturn for days and days. And drug companies are working furiously […]

February 29th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a positive personal income report for January 2020 on February 28. The topline story noted that personal income grew by 0.6 percent in January, with disposable income (i.e., personal income less personal current taxes) also up by 0.6 percent and real disposable income grew […]

February 28th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its second estimate on fourth quarter 2019 gross domestic product (GDP). The real GDP growth rate remained unchanged from the first estimate at a lackluster 2.1 percent, with the 2.3 percent growth rate for all of 2019 – slowest since 2016 – also unchanged. […]

February 26th, 2020 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: California ranked 49th – second 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 […]

February 25th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: New Jersey ranked 50th, or dead last, 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 2019: […]

February 25th, 2020 by

By Karen Kerrigan- Technological innovation is critical to enabling entrepreneurship and helping small businesses compete and grow. For example, the platform-based economy is boosting productivity, creating greater efficiencies, improving market access and customer communications, and providing new tools to hire, manage and retain workers. Many entrepreneurs and small businesses are already benefitting from technological advancements […]

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