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Fact of the Week: Small Business Transactions Up in 2014

By at 22 January, 2015, 12:21 am, a business-for-sale marketplace, reported on January 9 that “that small business transactions reached record levels in 2014 as brokers reported the highest number of businesses changing hands since BizBuySell started tracking data in 2007.” Additionally: “According to BizBuysell, the buying and selling of small businesses increased over 6% in 2014, compared with 2013. This […]


Regulation: Q&A on the EPA’s Proposed Ozone Rules

By at 19 January, 2015, 9:29 pm

What is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed regulation on Ozone and what does it mean for entrepreneurs, small businesses and the economy? The EPA announced in late November 2014 that it is proposing to increase regulation regarding the ozone threshold under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The proposed rule appeared in the Federal […]


Analysis: The Story on Jobs Remains Mixed

By at 9 January, 2015, 1:47 pm

The latest job data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for December presented data that were more mixed than what we would expect if economic growth were truly robust. The nonfarm payroll growth for December was solid at 252,000, with private payrolls up by 240,000. However, the numbers are less than impressive when looking at […]


Tax Reform in 2015!

By at 2 January, 2015, 11:24 am

Congress returns to Capitol Hill soon, and SBE Council is reminding Members to do their job and reform our complex and noncompetitive tax system NOW! True tax reform in 2015 would be a huge positive for entrepreneurs, businesses of all types and sizes, investors, workers and job seekers, and the overall economy. There are high […]


Small Businesses Among Santa’s Helpers

By at 23 December, 2014, 12:07 pm

by Ray Keating- We all know what a productive and magical bunch elves are. Hey, I’ve seen the movie “Elf” many times. But there’s still no way that elves can make ALL of the toys that Santa Claus distributes on Christmas. So, where does Santa get the toys that the elves cannot crank out? In […]


The Latest on U.S. Economic Confidence

By at 17 December, 2014, 11:50 am

Gallup released their latest numbers on economic confidence. The reading came in at -9. What exactly does that mean? Gallup explains: “Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index is the average of two components: Americans’ views of current economic conditions and whether they think the economy will get better or will get worse. The index has a theoretical […]


Thanksgiving and Small Business 

By at 25 November, 2014, 9:36 pm

Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau publishes what they call a “Facts for Features” sheet with an assortment of interesting bits of information about Thanksgiving. It is our tradition at the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council to then relay the role that small businesses plays in helping to bring Thanksgiving feasts to households across the […]


Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week

By at 22 November, 2014, 8:54 am

This past week, entrepreneurship was celebrated around the world through Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 17-23).  SBE Council’s Karen Kerrigan also attended the 5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit  in Morocco from November 19-21, where she spoke about the power of entrepreneurs and the innovative ideas and movement they bring to the policy space to help encourage and accelerate […]


Retail Sales and Outlook for the Holidays

By at 15 November, 2014, 6:52 pm

Retail sales for October increased by 0.3 percent, which came in at the low end of market expectations. It also compares to a decline of 0.3 percent in September. So, on a seasonally adjusted basis, retail sales have been flat since August. Compared to October of last year, retail sales were up by 4.6 percent. […]


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 […]


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