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Hope for High-Tax States

By at 17 April, 2014, 2:37 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- So, how does your state stack up when it comes to tax burdens relating to entrepreneurship, small business and investment? SBE Council’s just-published “Small Business Tax Index 2014” ranks the 50 states based on 21 different tax measures, including income-based tax rates, property and consumption-based tax burdens, death taxes, unemployment levies, […]


The Latest on CPI Inflation

By at 16 April, 2014, 9:23 am

Where we’re headed vs. Where we’ve been by Raymond J. Keating- CPI inflation for the month of March stayed at a rather tame at 0.2 percent. And for the past year, inflation came in at 1.5 percent. Many analysts take these numbers and declare that there’s no need to worry about any kind of step […]


Top Counterfeited Goods

By at 9 April, 2014, 10:21 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Can you guess the most counterfeited products? A March 29 USA Today report (“9 most counterfeited products in the USA”) by Thomas C. Frohlich, Alexander E.M. Hess and Vince Calio, of 24/7 Wall St., “reviewed the nine most counterfeit items seized in 2013, based on their retail value.” The counterfeited goods […]


Thune’s “Good Jobs, Good Wages, Good Hours” is Really Good for Women

By at 8 April, 2014, 12:55 pm

By Karen Kerrigan- If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is looking for proposals to help women find better jobs, boost their take home pay and become more financially successful in their businesses, he would consider Senator John Thune’s “Good Jobs, Good Wages, Good Hours” Act. Unfortunately, Mr. Reid rejected the package during consideration of the […]


Crowdfunding Legislation Catches Fire in the States

By at 8 April, 2014, 10:53 am

by Raymond J. Keating- There’s been a recent flurry of intrastate crowdfunding legislation passed into law, allowing equity investment for small business ventures via the Internet and with unaccredited investors within state borders. On April 2, for example, Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana’s crowdfunding legislation into law. As reported by, “the bill was crafted […]


Financing Entrepreneurship and Protecting Intellectual Property

By at 31 March, 2014, 9:00 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Numerous important reasons exist why intellectual property (IP) rights need to be established, protected and enforced in the domestic economy and internationally. In the SBE Council book Unleashing Small Business Through IP: Protecting Intellectual property, Driving Entrepreneurship: “In any economy, a central function of government is to protect private property. Specifically, […]


The Net Neutrality Conspiracy Files

By at 28 March, 2014, 1:19 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- A mysterious conspiracy involving big, all-powerful business crushing the powerless consumer. Sounds like a page-turning thriller, or maybe a summer movie, right? Actually, it’s the latest round of silliness coming from the “net neutrality” regulation crowd. Let’s give it the title of “The Net Neutrality Conspiracy Files.” I love a gripping […]


U.S. Coal Exports Helping to Meet Global Energy Demands

By at 27 March, 2014, 5:13 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The global demand for energy continues to expand. The International Energy Agency (IEA), for example, projects growth in energy demand of one-third from 2011 to 2035. In recent years, the U.S. coal industry has stepped up its exports to help meet expanding energy needs. Export growth.  Consider that after a decline […]


Crowdfunding Update: State-Based Crowds, Global Crowdfunding Day is April 5, New Educational Resources

By at 26 March, 2014, 8:33 am

By Karen Kerrigan- This week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence will sign legislation that allows for intrastate equity-crowdfunding. The governors of  Georgia, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine have already signed bills into law. Legislation is moving in Florida, Washington and North Carolina.  Pro-entrepreneur intrastate crowdfunding is a new measurement that has been included in SBE Council’s “Small […]


U.S. Will Cede Oversight Role of Internet Governance

By at 24 March, 2014, 4:27 pm

By Karen Kerrigan- With Russia’s invasion of Crimea and missing flight 370 in the headlines, small business owners and entrepreneurs may have missed the announcement by the Commerce Department that the U.S. will give up its role overseeing Internet governance.  Commerce says the move was a long-intended one, which will “transition key Internet domain name […]


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