Technology & IP

April 26th, 2021 by

“Vaccines Are Saving Small Business” In an April 4 Op-ed in the International Business Times, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan provides a snapshot on the current state of small business, and how vaccines are playing a critical role in driving momentum for economic recovery on Main Street. In the piece, she notes the importance […]

April 22nd, 2021 by

  by RAYMOND J. KEATING- In the crusade against “Big Tech” politicians and regulators will reduce opportunities for entrepreneurs in technology sectors. Some efforts in the Congress threaten all sectors. Mergers and acquisitions often are central to an entrepreneurial firm’s plan or path for innovation, profitability and growth. Indeed, that is far from unusual in […]

April 21st, 2021 by

by RAYMOND J. KEATING- The impulse to heavily regulate particular businesses, industries or sectors tends to spring from politics, special interest influences, and/or economic confusion, rather than from sound economics. That has long been the case with antitrust regulation, including the current antitrust drive in Congress against leading U.S. technology firms. After a series of […]

April 14th, 2021 by

by RAYMOND J. KEATING- U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) doesn’t seem to like large businesses and mergers. He also isn’t too fond, apparently, of the work economists can do in terms of informing public policy on such matters. Senator Hawley has just introduced the “Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act.” If the title sounds a […]

April 5th, 2021 by

Comments to the National Institutes of Standards and Technology Proposed Rule: “Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned Inventions” Doc # 2020-27581   Submitted by: Karen Kerrigan, president & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council April 5, 2021   The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is pleased to submit the […]

April 1st, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Well, that didn’t take very long. Various politicians and special interests are back to attacking the pharmaceutical industry. Let’s quickly review the facts: First, a deadly, global pandemic breaks out. Second, as COVID-19 hits, spreads, and takes hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S., far too many politicians stumble, bumble […]

March 23rd, 2021 by

By Karen Kerrigan– In recent posts on our Small Business Insider blog, Rieva Lesonsky’s Trendcast highlighted the exciting growth and various trends in e-commerce. The significant increase in e-shoppers age 65 and above and the upsurge in the “stay-at-home” category of goods and products being purchased online offer tremendous opportunities for small businesses and new […]

March 22nd, 2021 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- Congress has formed an antitrust posse to go after so-called “Big Tech.” And part of the justification – or at least what’s being stated – is to help out small businesses and innovation. But are small businesses and so-called “Big Tech” friends or foes? I explored this topic […]

March 17th, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Just in case you thought that all congressional hearings were established to learn and perhaps gain insights from experts, there is the title of a hearing on March 18, 2021, in the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law: “Reviving Competition, Part 3: Strengthening the Laws to Address Monopoly Power.” […]

March 17th, 2021 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Hmmm, I thought we wanted small, entrepreneurial firms in the U.S. to succeed and grow to the point that these enterprises become global leaders. Judging by the behavior of assorted U.S. elected officials and their appointees, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to small technology […]

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