Small Business Insider

October 10th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Despite assorted policymakers in Washington, D.C., serving up confused, contradictory and at times economically incoherent declarations on monetary policy and the dollar, good news persisted on inflation in the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Consumer Price Index. And it pays to keep in mind that, […]

October 7th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- In case you haven’t noticed, economic growth has continued to run at a below-average rate. Why? Mainly, the answer is trade – or, more specifically, increased governmental costs imposed and threatened on trade. The latest GDP report noted that real economic growth slowed dramatically in the second quarter – from 3.1 […]

October 3rd, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau marks the first Friday in October – October 4 this year – as “Manufacturing Day.” Let’s be clear: If you are celebrating U.S. manufacturers and their workers on Manufacturing Day, then you are celebrating small businesses. Leading up to October 4, the Census Bureau has been serving […]

September 27th, 2019 by

 by Raymond J. Keating- According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal income grew by 0.4 percent in August. That marked a return to strong growth after July essentially being flat. The most important measure in this report is real per capita personal disposable income, that is, personal income less personal […]

September 27th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When I testified before in the U.S. Senate last year on legislative proposals to increase access to capital, one of the forms of investment that I highlighted was venture capital. As I noted at the time, “While not an option for most start-ups or very young firms, venture capital investment is […]

September 26th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Minnesota ranked 46th – fifth worst – among the 50 states.  SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2019” ranks the 50 states according to 62 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2019: […]

September 23rd, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- According to the latest state employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth in August was concentrated in just a few states. Specifically, five states had statistically significant gains in nonfarm payroll employment in August over July – Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Kansas – while one state […]

September 23rd, 2019 by

Small Business Insider By Karen Kerrigan- The regulatory scope and various initiatives of the U.S. Labor Department impact America’s small businesses in significant ways. Many of the challenges small business owners experience in operating and growing their enterprises – especially in the tight labor market – relate to human capital issues. The cost of labor, […]

September 20th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- There’s nothing new about politicians attacking something they call “Big” – like “Big Oil,” “Big Pharma,” and now, “Big Tech.” It’s almost like certain politicians toss aside sound economics and policymaking in favor of playing political games in order to flex their legislative power or energize their respective bases. There’s also […]

September 18th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Housing has had a tough time in 2019, that is, until we hit August, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau on both housing starts and permits. In August, housing starts jumped by 12.3 percent compared to July (at a seasonally adjusted annual rate). In fact, housing starts […]

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