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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...
  • Property owner may file lawsuit

    07/27/2011 6:00:41 AM PDT · by aec
    The News Courier ^ | July 26, 2011 | Adam Smith
    — A refusal by the Athens City Council to rezone property for a private Internet sales club may lead to a lawsuit. Club owner Jay Spencer had previously asked the Athens Planning Commission to rezone property at 1310 West Elm St., from agricultural to B-2, or business district. The commission voted 6-1 on April 19 to deny the request. On Monday night, Spencer was at the council meeting to request the property be rezoned. Spencer’s attorney, Eddie Alley, said surrounding properties do not conform to agricultural land use because the AT&T service center, county school bus garage and the Athens-Limestone...
  • One-Year Later: Small Businesses See More Harm, Not Help, From Democrats’ Health Care Law

    07/25/2011 12:26:10 PM PDT · by library user · 9 replies
    House Ways and Means News ^ | July 25, 2011 | by Dave Camp
    A new report released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest small business advocacy group whose membership consists of 350,000 small business owners nationwide, provides further evidence that the Democrats’ health care law is adding higher costs, new taxes and increased deficits. The key findings from the report provide a stark contrast to the promises of lower costs that were repeated over and over again by the President and other supporters of the Democrats’ health care law.In reality: 75 percent of small businesses that offer health insurance do not believe the law will slow the...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: You know, there’s no better business incentive than a government mandate

    07/12/2011 1:04:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    So says Kathleen Sebelius in defending the ObamaCare mandate on small businesses of 50 or more employees. CNS News asked the question of whether the mandate might not keep small business owners from hiring that 50th employee as a means to avoid paying either government fines or health insurance policies. Au contraire, says Sebelius — businesses are actually looking forward to being forced into paying more overhead: “I hear, frankly, just the opposite from small business owners … where they say the way that they retain and recruit the best possible employees is with a benefit package that is solid;...
  • Little Hiring Seen by Small Business. The Nation's Jobs Engine Stalls.

    07/11/2011 4:51:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/11/2011 | Siobhan Hughes
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. labor market could stay sluggish for a while, with small-business executives reluctant to hire amid the murky economic outlook. Almost two-thirds—64%—of small-business executives surveyed said they weren't expecting to add to their payrolls in the next year and another 12% planned to cut jobs, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report to be released Monday. Just 19% said they would expand their work forces. This comes after a Labor Department report Friday showed employers added few jobs in June, and unemployment rose to 9.2%. The bleak figures joined other data showing the recovery losing momentum in recent...
  • Geithner: Tax Small Biz to Protect Big Gov

    06/27/2011 6:28:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Sometimes you see a headline so silly you have to wonder if it is really accurate. Please consider this headline of an exchange between first-term Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.) and the Secretary of the Treasury: "Geithner: Taxes on Small Business Must Rise So Government Doesn’t Shrink" Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.” The administration’s plan to raise the tax rate on small businesses is part of its plan to...
  • Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’

    06/23/2011 5:34:02 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 35 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 23, 2011 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.” The administration’s plan to raise the tax rate on small businesses is part of its plan to raise taxes on all Americans who make more than $250,000 per year—including businesses that file taxes the same way individuals and families do. (VIDEO AT LINK)
  • China Wants To Construct A 50 Square Mile Self-Sustaining City South Of Boise, Idaho

    06/08/2011 5:07:18 PM PDT · by JudgemAll · 41 replies
    endoftheAmericandream.com ^ | April 16th, 2011 | endoftheAmericandream
    Thanks to the trillions of dollars that the Chinese have made flooding our shores with cheap products, China is now in a position of tremendous economic power. So what is China going to do with all of that money? One thing that they have decided to do is to buy up pieces of the United States and set up "special economic zones" inside our country from which they can continue to extend their economic domination. One of these "special economic zones" would be just south of Boise, Idaho and the Idaho government is eager to give it to them. China...
  • Small Businesses Receive Yet Another Boost from Washington

    06/03/2011 7:08:09 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 5 replies
    U,S, Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 2, 2911 | Steve Peacock
    Another small-business support project is about to be unveiled by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—this time in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in southeastern Europe. While the endeavor is significantly smaller than other overseas small-business programs financed by U.S. taxpayers, it comes at a time when USAID is embarking upon other—and bigger—related initiatives. As the Monitor recently reported, for instance, the agency increased to $73 million the Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality (SABEQ) project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (Monitor, May 16, 2011: Small-Business Initiative Gains Momentum, More Money) Macedonia Regional Small Business Development,...
  • Small Businesses Fret Over Food-Safety Rules

    04/22/2011 1:17:29 PM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/22/2011 | STEPHANIE GLEASON
    When Congress revamped food-safety laws last year, small farmers and food producers won a victory when they were excluded from many of the new rules. Now, as the Food and Drug Administration implements the new Food Safety Modernization Act, the small businesses are hoping they aren't snagged by the new rules anyway. The legislation, which updates 100-year-old food-safety regulations, does not apply to meat, eggs or dairy products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Despite the exemption, it's still unclear how small food producers will be affected, said Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for...
  • A small businessman’s plea to Obama — you’re killing us

    03/29/2011 8:52:46 AM PDT · by bigbob · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-26-11 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I’ve started more than a dozen small businesses. I’ve paid payrolls, health insurance, payroll taxes, workers comp, and unemployment insurance for hundreds of employees. Because of that, my employees were able to pay their mortgages, buy groceries, send their kids to college, and provide for their families. For one small business, I spent about $50 million on things like advertising, marketing, promotion, lawyers and accountants. That money enriched and employed thousands of others. And that’s just one small business. Think of the impact that thirty million small business owners have on the U.S. economy. No wonder we create 70% or...
  • Spending Cuts Mean More Small Business Job Creation

    03/18/2011 10:29:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2011 | Sam Graves
    At the start of the 112th Congress, my fellow Republicans and I made a commitment to turn the country’s economy around and get Americans back to work. Over the past two years in the minority, we could do little as the Obama Administration’s and Nancy Pelosi’s reckless spending increased our already massive debt by $3.5 trillion and our unemployment rate surged to ten percent. Republicans hit the ground running in January, voting to cut spending by $2.6 trillion by repealing the onerous ObamaCare law. In February, while the Obama administration reported a record-breaking monthly deficit of $223 billion, we simultaneously...
  • Banks slashed small business lending by $43 billion

    02/12/2011 7:01:18 AM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies
    CNN Fortune ^ | 2/11/2011 | Catherine Clifford,
    The numbers back up what small business owners have been saying for two years: Main Street suffered a brutal credit crunch. The total value of outstanding loans to small businesses plunged by $43 billion, or 6.2%, between June 2009 and June 2010, according to a report released this week by the Small Business Administration. That's a drop of $59 billion, or 8.3%, from June 2008. Measuring lending to small businesses is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall, because every institution and government agency has its own definition of what constitutes a small business. For this week's study, the...
  • Obama's Big-Business Appeals Don't Impress Main Street

    02/09/2011 6:46:09 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/8/2011 | Sean Higgins
    President Obama exhorted business leaders to "get in the game" during a speech Monday before the Chamber of Commerce, but small businesses say they can't do it until the administration stops changing the rules. While the speech drew a respectful, if muted, response from the Chamber, small-business leaders were underwhelmed, saying the administration's focus appears to be on major corporations, not them. "It sounded like the president was talking more to big business.
  • Why Small Business Isn't Hiring And Won't Be Hiring

    02/08/2011 12:30:31 PM PST · by RobertClark · 34 replies
    oftwominds ^ | 02/08/2011 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Pundits and politicos promote a magical myth: a coming small business hiring boom. That fantasy is completely disconnected from the harsh realities of private enterprise. Regardless of their ideological persuasion, pundits and politicos reliably repeat the mantra that "small business is the engine of jobs growth." The mantra is followed by the pundit-politico's belief that a "small business jobs boom is right around the corner." I have news for the pundits and politicos: ain't gonna happen. Why? The answer cannot be found in the manipulated and massaged Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers (have any real jobs been created, net of...
  • Obama health care's massive,hidden tax change

    01/30/2011 12:28:51 PM PST · by gimmebackmyconstitution · 30 replies
    CNNMoney.com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Neil deMause
    Health care law's massive, hidden tax change By Neil deMause, contributing writerMay 5, 2010: 11:00 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork. Section 9006 of the health care bill -- just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document -- mandates that beginning in 2012 all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contract workers but to any individual or corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year.
  • Start A Business? In The United States? Are You Kidding Me? (10 things to consider)

    12/13/2010 9:29:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/13/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Many of you have decided that you are going to attempt to start a business in the United States today. Many of you are still convinced that this is "the land of opportunity" and that starting a business is fairly easy. Are you sure about that? Are you certain that you have considered all of the headaches involved? Are you sure that you are ready to handle the thousands of regulations that apply to your business and the mountains of paperwork mandated by various levels of government? Are you prepared to deal with entrenched unions, predatory lawyers and rabid environmentalists?...
  • CONGRATS TO THE U.S. SENATE: YOU’VE KILLED SMALL BUSINESS

    12/07/2010 6:43:53 PM PST · by FromLori · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Shenandoah ^ | 12/7/2010 | John Galt
    The news continues to fly out of Washington, D.C. tonight, some expected, some not and this one is guaranteed to infuriate everyone who has to try to keep up with the vile stack of paperwork created by government at every level. I’ll use the headline from Numismatic News via Numismaster.com: 1099 Repeal Goes Down in Senate Think that’s bad? Next time you buy ANYTHING from a small businessman and they have marked the price up 10% from December 2010 to January 2011, you can thank the President, the *itch of the House (currently), and Senator Harry (bring me your illegals)...
  • Arlington dog park mural subject of federal lawsuit

    12/02/2010 2:17:53 PM PST · by muawiyah · 12 replies
    WTOP and AP ^ | December 2, 2010 | Neal Augenstein
    ARLINGTON, Va. - A colorful mural at an Arlington dog park depicting cartoon puppies frolicking and chasing bones is the subject of a federal lawsuit................. "The problem with Arlington sign code (is) whether a sign can go up or not or whether artwork can go up or not depends on the identity of who is speaking and what it is they're saying," Frommer says.
  • From Army Green to Pizza, Pizza

    11/29/2010 12:16:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Manassas News and Messenger ^ | November 29, 2010 | Julia LeDoux
    DUMFRIES, Va. - Tony Vazquez says the years he spent serving as a military police officer at Fort Belvoir prepared him to own his own pizza business. Vazquez and his wife, Shelley, are expected to open their Little Caesars franchise at 16708 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 121 in Dumfries on Thursday. “It was the discipline and teamwork I learned in the Army that made a big difference in my life,” he said. “One of the most important things I learned is that when you make a commitment, you stick to it. You must believe in what you are doing.” Tony...
  • Why Small Business Owners Trust the Tea Party

    11/17/2010 2:43:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    The American ^ | 11/17/10 | Scott Shane
    Why Small Business Owners Trust the Tea Party By Scott Shane Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Filed under: Boardroom, Government & Politics, Public Square Businessweek thinks Tea Party policies will harm small business. Think again. In a recent Businessweek story entitled “Why Business Doesn’t Trust the Tea Party,” Lisa Lerer and John McCormick explain that the Tea Party platform is inconsistent with the goals of most business people. The Tea Party might sound good to those in business, they wrote, “as long as the corporation in question doesn’t have international operations, rely on immigrant labor, see the value of national monetary...
  • The Garage Door Economist

    11/15/2010 6:05:22 AM PST · by jazminerose · 4 replies
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 11/15/10 | Joy Tiz
    Barack Obama continues to insist on raising taxes for those vile rich people–those who earn $250,000 or more. Like the guy who fixes garage doors. I asked the garage door man what $250K means to him. His response was quick: “It’s my overhead.” A quarter million means the garage door man can meet his outrageous (this is SoCal) overhead. His basics: fees, insurance, taxes, marketing, vehicles, supplies and equipment. That’s it. How many employees does he get for $250K? None. All of that vast wealth nets him the ability to keep his doors open. Not enough left over to hire...
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    11/09/2010 5:52:26 PM PST · by abigail2 · 21 replies
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  • Small Business Arsons on the Rise

    11/05/2010 7:26:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Claims Journal ^ | Nov 4, 2010 | Dennis Jay
    National News Small Business Arsons on the Rise By Dennis Jay November 4, 2010 Susan Lukjan's specialty gourmet shop had financial problems. She'd also just signed a lease that committed her to the large expense of moving her Louisville, Ky., store to another location. Her Campbell's Gourmet Cottage mysteriously went up in flames before she made the move. Investigators quickly flagged her money problems as a motive. Lukjan also had just increased the coverage on her shop from $350,000 to $550,000. She told her insurance agent the value of her business had shot up because she bought a new range...
  • Have Women Abandoned Democrats?

    10/29/2010 10:50:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies · 1+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | October 29,2010 | annem040359
    This should not come as any surprise, considering many women manage family household budgets, as well as start and maintain new small businesses. Also many conservative women are running for public office and this coming Tuesday could see a “spike” in the numbers on the federal and state levels. Also many, many women have had for nearly two years, been involved with the “tea party movement”, from attending to planning them. Sadly, many women have also been subjected to layoffs from job positions, which also make the people of my gender turn against the Democrats.
  • The Rules of the Game and Economic Recovery (Obama Demagogue Destruction Revealed)

    10/28/2010 4:50:22 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 6 replies
    Imprimus ( Hillsdale College) ^ | 09/2010 | Amity Shlaes
    AMITY SHLAES is a syndicated columnist for Bloomberg and a senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Yale University and pursued postgraduate studies at the Free University in Berlin. She has served as a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and as a columnist for the Financial Times. In 2009 she was winner of the Hayek Prize, a book prize from the Thomas Smith Foundation of the Manhattan Institute. In 2003 she was the J.P. Morgan Fellow in Finance and Economics at the American Academy in Berlin....
  • Business Backlash Grows .

    10/15/2010 11:47:22 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2010. | By ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
    VERNON HILLS, Ill.—Rick Woldenberg runs an educational products company from a suburban Chicago office stacked with brightly colored toys. He backed Barack Obama in 2008. But he has turned on Democrats this year. Rick Woldenberg, chairman of Learning Resources in Chicago, backed President Barack Obama in 2008 but is now raising money for Republicans. .Mr. Woldenberg has never before been active in politics, but he is angry that Congress and the Obama administration won't revise expansive new rules on lead testing in children's products that he says will kill his business, Learning Resources Inc. So he is raising money for...
  • By Attacking the Chamber of Commerce, Obama Attacks Small Businesses

    10/12/2010 5:07:58 AM PDT · by MikeMerritt · 11 replies
    Right Across the Atlantic ^ | 10/12/2010 | Michael Merritt
    Last week, President Obama called out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accusing it of funneling contributions to the business advocacy group from foreign corporations to its U.S. political activity. This, of course, ignited a political firestorm. The left had a “eureka!” moment. After all, American typically don’t like foreign actors meddling in their elections. Surely foreign corporations should have no say in who Americans elect? The right, meanwhile, responded in disgust. Today, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey described the allegations on the Chamber as a form of McCarthyism. I have to side with Ed. The President and his cohorts expect the...
  • Obama signs $30B small business lending bill

    09/27/2010 12:29:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 89 replies · 1+ views
    AP Finance on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/10 | Darlene Superville - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scoring a prized political victory five weeks before the Nov. 2 elections, President Barack Obama on Monday signed a bill to help small businesses expand and hire by cutting their taxes and creating a $30 billion loan fund. Obama said the incentives will help small businesses right away. But any hiring may not be enough to help some Democrats ahead of crucial midterm elections in which voters are expected to vent their frustrations over a slow-growing economy and near-10 percent unemployment. The bill had been delayed for months, blocked in the Senate by Republicans. Most in the...
  • Small businesses, community bankers may snub Obama's $30 billion loan program

    09/26/2010 5:58:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Friday September 24, 2010 | Pallavi Gogoi
    Ninety-one percent of small business owners surveyed in August by the National Federation of Independent Business said all their credit needs were met. Only 4 percent cited a lack of financing as their top business problem. Plans for capital spending were at a 35-year low. Jack Rajala just laughs when asked if he wants to take out a loan today. He's in a fight to save his family's lumber business that has been buffeted by the recession and housing meltdown. "I've seen many ups and downs; this is unquestionably the toughest," said the 71-year-old Rajala. Since 2008, his company closed...
  • Small business owners ready to fight

    09/23/2010 6:33:35 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-09-23 | BILL MCINTURFF & DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN
    Business owners are skeptical of "help" from Washington. In fact, our research indicates that business thinks Washington is so far removed from their real-world concerns that they won’t know how to be of any practical assistance.