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Please Don’t Forget About Ferguson’s Small Businesses: Support a Crowdfunding Campaign for Christmas

By at 20 December, 2014, 10:18 am

By Karen Kerrigan- Entrepreneurs and small businesses are raising significant capital through crowdfunding. It will be another blockbuster year for crowdfunding in 2014 as investors and donors continue to enthusiastically finance the entrepreneurs and businesses they believe in through online platforms. Some of the entrepreneurs whose businesses were damaged or destroyed during the riots in […]


Small Business Policy Index 2014: Spotlight on Regulatory Costs By State  

By at 19 December, 2014, 10:33 am

by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to the policy costs that hurt entrepreneurship, small business growth and investment, it’s not just about taxes, but also regulations. And it’s not just about the federal government, but also about state and local governmental regulatory policy. The Small Business Policy Index 2014 ranks the 50 states according […]


Inside November’s Jobs Data

By at 5 December, 2014, 10:37 pm

By Karen Kerrigan- The news that 321,000 jobs were added to payrolls in November surprised just about everyone. The numbers shattered predictions, some by 90,000 to 100,000 or more. Hopefully, the pace of job creation will continue into next year and wage growth will get stronger. The unexpected news on jobs follows a December 4 […]


Natural Gas Update: Pennsylvania Surges

By at 26 November, 2014, 2:30 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Following the release of SBE Council’s recent study, “Benefits of Natural Gas Production and Exports for U.S. Small Business: Nationally and in the States,” the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released updated information on U.S. natural gas production on November 24. As reported by the EIA, “Total U.S. natural gas gross withdrawals […]


Natural Gas Growth in the States: Benefits are Huge for Small Business and Job Growth

By at 24 November, 2014, 11:43 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The United States is in the midst of an energy revolution. As it pertains to natural gas production in particular, a new SBE Council study titled “Benefits of Natural Gas Production and Exports for U.S. Small Business: Nationally and in the States” (which I authored) focuses on the roles that small […]


Regulating the Internet: Big Impact on Small Businesses

By at 12 November, 2014, 5:44 pm

by Karen Kerrigan- On November 10, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to advance “strong” regulations to govern the broadband Internet.  In a media statement, I responded: “The President’s immediate, post-election call for radical regulation of the Internet…demonstrates how out-of-touch he is with what our country needs to rebuild confidence and our economy.” That […]


A Small Business Makeover for the United States Senate

By at 7 November, 2014, 8:06 pm

by Karen Kerrigan- Republicans picked up a net gain of eight seats in the U.S. Senate on election night, providing the GOP (currently) with a 53 seat majority in the new Congress. The GOP held open seats, which means ten new Republicans will be sworn in early next year.  Who are these new Senate members, […]


10 Key Points on Jobs Trends in the U.S.

By at 7 November, 2014, 6:21 pm

The jobs picture has improved in recent months, but the overall employment situation remains troubling compared to where we should be in a recovery that, officially, is nearly five-and-a-half years old. Let’s consider 10 points based on the latest employment data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on November 7, comparing where we […]



By at 5 November, 2014, 9:39 am

…POLITICAL SEA CHANGE WILL BENEFIT STARTUPS AND STRUGGLING SMALL BUSINESSES WASHINGTON, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) President & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement on the results of the 2014 elections: “Small business owners and entrepreneurs have endured six long years of federal policies that have imposed new burdens, costs […]


FACT OF THE WEEK: Trade Gains and Red Flags for the U.S. Economy

By at 31 October, 2014, 10:46 am

Looking at the latest U.S. GDP data, we see that trade played a big part in the stepped-up growth numbers seen in the last two quarters. Real GDP grew at 4.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, and at 3.5 percent in the third. Meanwhile, real exports grew by 11.7 percent in the […]


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