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  • Why Aren’t Banks Lending to Small Business? Ask Bernanke.

    05/03/2012 6:23:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The American ^ | 05/03/2012 | Scott Shane
    Banks profit by making loans, not refusing them. So why are banks making fewer loans to small business these days? On March 29, at a lecture at George Washington University, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke innocuously remarked that lately “small businesses have … found it difficult to get credit.” Too bad that none of the students at the lecture thought to ask him why. A case can be made that the Fed is partially responsible. Bankers, small business owners, and policymakers all agree that small business lending has declined substantially since before the financial crisis and Great Recession. Business loans...
  • Terrific: Senate Dems offset cost of student loan bill with higher taxes on small business

    04/26/2012 10:16:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2012 | Morgan Richmond
    Let the games begin. With Romney expressing his support earlier this week for extending the freeze in student loan interest rates, defusing this as a wedge issue just as the President was embarking on his college tour, Democrats in the Senate have decided to counter with, what else, the class warfare card. Via Bloomberg (emphasis added): Senate Democrats and the White House are seeking a one-year freeze in the interest rate. The $6 billion cost would be offset by limiting a tax provision that allows some owners of so-called S-corporations to avoid paying Medicare payroll taxes on their earnings, Senator...
  • Protestors threaten historic Seattle bakery

    04/06/2012 11:17:32 AM PDT · by MountainLoop · 15 replies
    Kiro 7 News Seatle ^ | April 5, 2012 | Brandi Kruse
    A historic Seattle bakery has been targeted by a group of protestors who claim the owner has unfair labor practices. Borracchini's Bakery has been located in the Rainier Valley for nearly 90 years, and owner Remo Borracchini said his customers have become like family. Which is why when he started to get complaints that an employee was being rude to customers, he decided to let her go. "I said, 'We can't do this anymore, we just can't do this anymore," Borracchini said. "She said, 'You mean I'm fired?' I said, 'Yes, you are.'" The worker had been with the business...
  • How Small Contractors Get Their First Government Job

    03/11/2012 3:30:35 PM PDT · by Mary Robinson · 5 replies
    EfficientGov ^ | March 6, 2012 | Mark Yarbrough
    I got a lot of reaction to my recent article for EfficientGov about how small contractors are competing for their first government contracts. Right away everyone figured out the secret sauce: Funds administration. And the universal reaction was “Whoa!.” Followed by, “How do we do that?” There’s nothing to it. The Big Secret is called Funds Administration. Hundreds of local, state and federal agencies are doing it around the country. And it is keeping a lot of small business owners in business
  • Job Creators Fighting Back

    12/14/2011 4:18:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2011 | John Stossel
    Some politicians claim that politicians create jobs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, "My job is to create jobs." What hubris! Government has no money of its own. All it does is take from some people and give to others. That may create some jobs, but only by leaving less money in the private sector for job creation. Actually, it's worse than that. Since government commandeers scarce resources by force and doesn't have to peddle its so-called services on the market to consenting buyers, there's no feedback mechanism to indicate if those services are worth more to people than what...
  • Defense Cuts Put Small–Business Jobs in Jeopardy

    12/07/2011 9:47:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 12/7/11 | Ericka Andersen
    Small businesses that are important to the safety and security of the nation are being gravely threatened by deep defense spending cuts. The NAVSYS Corporation is a small business in Colorado that developed the first GPS cell phone to provide the 911 cellular location services that exist today. That first cell phone will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian. NAVSYS has gone on to create other innovations, and many of its products play an important role in America’s defense technologies. On Monday, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R–WA) hosted a panel featuring female Representatives, CEOs, and small-business owners. Dr. Allison Brown,...
  • Obama promotes shops on "Small Business Saturday"

    11/26/2011 4:44:42 PM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 26, 2011 | Reuters
    - President Barack Obama, eager to spur growth and hiring, took his daughters on an early Christmas shopping trip on Saturday in Washington as the U.S. retail sector got its vital holiday season underway. Promoting "Small Business Saturday", the second annual event to help Main Street merchants in a tough U.S. economy, Obama visited a local bookstore with Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, in the diverse, upscale Du Pont Circle area of downtown Washington... "I wish I would've said something wonderful, told him to chin up, that he's doing a wonderful job," she told reporters. "It appears from the polls...
  • Obama Reaffirms, Celebrates Killing Small Business

    11/26/2011 5:28:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2011 | John Ransom
    Today is Small Business Saturday, a new holiday supported by little firms such as American Express, Google, Verizon, Dun and Bradstreet, Occupy Wall Street and –[gush, breathless] Barack Hussein Obama!  Just by the sponsors alone you can tell this is a program designed to create millions of small business jobs in places like India, China, Thailand and Mexico.Remember, there’s no U-S-A in small business. Ok, maybe there are the letters U-S-A in small business, but why let the facts get in the way of another of Obama's Potemkin jobs moments.        In the Orwellian world of Obama-speak, Small Business Saturday...
  • The Wheels Are Falling Off Of President Obama's Health Care Plan

    11/14/2011 8:38:43 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-14-11 | Capital Flows
    ObamaCare has yet to be fully implemented, yet small businesses and families are already taking an economic hit from it, says Karen Harned, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center. Before the ink was dry on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), the wheels started to fall off. Lawsuits were immediately filed challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate, small businesses wanted the burdensome 1099 requirement immediately repealed, and coalitions were formed to overturn other costly provisions of the law. In the past few months, the Health and Human Services Department,...
  • Instead of closing it, I managed to sell it!

    11/08/2011 5:39:19 PM PST · by cableguymn · 21 replies · 1+ views
    today | self
    I managed to sell my business before I was forced to move out of the space :) Didn't get enough to walk away debt free, but I walked away in a much better position than I was a few weeks ago :)
  • Knowing when to fold them (closing up my business)

    10/26/2011 8:10:44 PM PDT · by cableguymn · 90 replies
    Today | Self
    A little over a year and a half ago I bought a small profitable business... About 6 months ago it stopped being profitable. 4 months ago my wife was told it was time to quit her job due to health reasons. It's lost money ever since. For over a year I poured my heart, sweat, and lately tears in to it. Working full time jobs trough the whole thing.. A month ago I lost my last full time job.. I have not found a replacement that allows me to work the business in the evenings. The store can't support it's...
  • NFIB small-business index edges up in September

    10/12/2011 6:35:17 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.11.11 | Steve Goldstein
    ...The National Federation of Independent Business small-business optimism index rose 0.8 points to 88.9...
  • Banks Repay TARP Loans With Money Meant For Small Businesses

    10/09/2011 9:40:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    (Wall Street Journal) - More than half of $4 billion in federal funds disbursed this year to spur small business lending by community banks was used to repay bailout funds that the banks received under the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Small Business Lending Fund was meant to raise capital at smaller banks, which tend to lend more heavily to small businesses, in the hopes of jump-starting growth and employment. But instead of directly lending to small businesses, many of the banks used the money to rid themselves of higher-cost TARP debt...
  • Obama Collapses Small Business/Private Sector In Three Years,So Why Bother With Infrastructure?

    09/26/2011 7:18:30 PM PDT · by The_Obama_Gerbil · 16 replies
    The media has never brought this side of the issue up. This is what it comes down to. What is the point of fixing and or building all these new roads when most small business has shut down and/or on the verge of closing? So just picture anytown USA with all new and fixed roads lined with empty strip malls,partially filled office buildings,closed banks,empty parking lots and 18% unemployment. So what are you gonna do now President Obama? You just pissed off another TWO TRILLION dollars to fix our roads and we are still in a deep recession?
  • (Gallup:) Upper-Income Americans' Economic Confidence Shaken (First time since 2008)

    09/13/2011 5:54:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 13, 2011 | Dennis Jacobe
    Upper-income Americans' economic confidence was badly shaken in August, with 80% saying the economy is "getting worse," up from 66% in July. This is the first month since the financial crisis of late 2008 and early 2009 that upper-income Americans are more pessimistic about the future direction of the U.S. economy than other Americans.
  • Small-business index declines in August: NFIB

    09/13/2011 6:29:01 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.13.11 | Steve Goldstein
    The National Federation of Independent Business' small-business optimism index declined 1.8 points in August to 88.1, the sixth drop in a row.
  • Regulations, taxes aren't killing small business, owners say

    09/05/2011 10:59:17 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 70 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | September 1, 2011 | Kevin G. Hall
    WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation. "Government regulations are not 'choking' our business, the hospitality business," Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. "In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things...
  • Germany's Resiliency Buoys Europe

    08/31/2011 9:17:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 | BRIAN BLACKSTONE And MARCUS WALKER
    Germany—buoyed by its cadre of family-owned niche companies—appears to be weathering the global slowdown, countering fears that Europe's economic powerhouse faces a sharp downturn that could deepen the region's debt crisis. A pair of bullish reports, on German employment and manufacturing, were reassuring on Wednesday: Unemployment remained at its lowest level in nearly two decades last month, while July machine orders jumped 9% from a year earlier. The latest data suggest that Europe's largest economy, which is expected to grow 3% this year, remains resilient, even as evidence mounts that the U.S. and much of the rest of the world...
  • Owner of campaign bus company: Secret Service hurting my business ("The Obama Effect")

    08/22/2011 2:50:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/22/2011 | Alex Pappas
    President Obama took off on a road trip across the Midwest last week in a brand new government-owned bus to talk with ordinary people about getting the economy going again. But Johnny Williams, an Alabama businessman who makes a living by leasing these kinds of buses to political figures, said the Obama tour was just a painful reminder of how the government is doing things that could hurt his business. That’s because this is the first presidential election where the incumbent president and the eventual Republican nominee will have the option of using a Secret Service-owned bus for campaign tours...
  • MEDIA SMALL BUSINESSWOMAN RIPS OBAMA AND CALLS ON HIM TO APOLOGIZE TO AMERICA

    08/07/2011 7:42:33 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 7 2011 | Chris Santorelli
    SMALL BUSINESSWOMAN RIPS OBAMA AND CALLS ON HIM TO APOLOGIZE TO AMERICA Posted on August 6, 2011 at 5:06pm by Christopher Santarelli Print »Email » As liberals have chosen to attack the validity of S &P‘s downgrade of the U.S. government credit rating, some in the business community are now telling Washington to stop pointing fingers and to start finding solutions. Amilya Antonetti’s (Chairman and CEO at AMA Productions) went off on Fox News this morning, ripping into the politicians who‘ve gotten the United States into the economic mess we’re in now. With 13.9 million unemployed in July, Antonetti calls on...