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Free Trade Agreements, Exports, and Small Business

By at 4 March, 2015, 9:35 am

by Raymond J. Keating- While President Barack Obama has come around to seeing the benefits of free trade – as has been the case with nearly every president after Herbert Hoover – his various allies on the political Left have not. The Obama administration is talking up two major trade accords – the Trans-Pacific Partnership […]


FCC Votes to Regulate the Internet – What’s Next?

By at 26 February, 2015, 5:50 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to regulate the Internet – both wired and wireless broadband networks – as a utility, absurdly and dangerously trying to apply regulations initially enacted in 1934 for a long-gone Ma Bell telephone monopoly to the dynamic, ever-changing 21st century Internet. The implications of such […]


FCC’s Pai and O’Reilly: “Future of Entire Internet at Stake”

By at 23 February, 2015, 10:25 pm

Disclose the plan, delay the vote. FCC regulatory plan for the Internet is radically different from what the public saw and commented on last year. by Karen Kerrigan- SBE Council’s Center for Regulatory Solutions survey on regulation last year found that 84% of Americans believe “too many special interests” control the regulatory process; 72% believe […]


Lower Trade Barriers Good News for Small Business and Jobs

By at 18 February, 2015, 9:11 pm

Raymond J. Keating- The Obama administration says it is serious about advancing freer trade via two proposed trade accords, and this is welcome news for small businesses and the creation of high-paying jobs. President Obama is talking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed agreement with 11 Asia-Pacific countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, […]


Beefing Up IP Protections Globally Important to Small Business

By at 12 February, 2015, 11:00 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Each year, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issues its “Special 301” Report, which reviews intellectual property (IP) rights and market access issues in foreign countries. Before the report is released, submissions come in from assorted groups and businesses on whether U.S. trading partners should be designated Priority Foreign Country, […]


“Openness” Not Exactly a Virtue at the FCC

By at 9 February, 2015, 11:52 pm

At the same time President Obama and FCC Chairman Wheeler push massive regulation and government controls to protect an ‘open Internet’ their secret plan for doing so is being held from the public.   by Karen Kerrigan- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet near the end of […]


GIPC Index Measures 30 Economies on Intellectual Property Protections

By at 5 February, 2015, 11:02 am

SBE Council signs Open Letter on “IP Guidelines for the 114th Congress” By Karen Kerrigan The GIPC International IP Index was released on February 4, by the U.S. Chamber’s Global IP Center. The Index is a valuable tool that maps the IP environment in 30 economies based on 30 measures indicative of a robust IP […]


January 28 is DATA PRIVACY DAY

By at 28 January, 2015, 7:04 pm

Entrepreneurs Can Be Privacy Champions by Karen Kerrigan-  Today is the eighth annual Data Privacy Day in the United States. The day centers on “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust,” and is dedicated to encouraging consumers to learn to protect their personal information and businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and […]


Internet Regulation and Small Business

By at 25 January, 2015, 10:42 am

President Obama Plugs Government Controls in SOTU   by Raymond J. Keating- During his State of the Union, President Obama said, “I intend to protect a free and open Internet…” Sounds nice. But what exactly does that mean considering that the Internet is not free – as Milton Friedman noted, “There’s no such thing as a […]


IP: NFL Playoffs, Knock Offs and Small Business

By at 16 January, 2015, 11:13 am

Protecting IP is important to the NFL, and to small businesses. by Raymond J. Keating- The NFL playoffs are moving relentlessly towards Super Bowl XLIX. After this past weekend, we know that Championship Sunday (January 18) will see the Indianapolis Colts play the New England Patriots, and the Green Bay Packers face the Seattle Seahawks. […]


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