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June 14th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Census Bureau’s report on May retail sales ranks as another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy. Retail sales were largely expected to increase by 0.4 percent in May, but growth came in at double that rate, registering 0.8 percent. (And even after factoring out gasoline purchases, retail sales […]

June 14th, 2018 by

By Barbara Weltman- As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, small businesses are now at an advantage for some tax rules…as long as they remain small. In this case, “small” means keeping revenues below a $25 million tax tipping point. The expansion and simplification of these rules allows many small businesses to […]

June 13th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- In its Federal Open Market Committee statement released on June 13, beyond the quarter-point increase in the federal funds rate to a targeted range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent, the Fed was quite upbeat in its assessment on the state of the U.S. economy. For example, the statement opened: “Information […]

June 11th, 2018 by

There is a lot of activity on the trade front. Here is the latest update. by Karen Kerrigan- Since our founding nearly 25 years ago, SBE Council has be a big supporter of trade and opening global markets for small businesses. Of late, our members have expressed deep concerns about the impact of tariffs on […]

June 10th, 2018 by

This week’s roundup of “How To” articles, educational resources and upcoming events, business news and success stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. Operations. Management and Growth This is How You Can Grow Your Small Business Faster, CrowdSpring. “Focusing solely on selling a product or service to a customer doesn’t cut it anymore. […]

June 7th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Compared to the same time last year, U.S. international trade has shown growth – though with some concerns in the most recent months’ numbers. Exports As detailed in the latest trade report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, real U.S. exports over the period of January to April 2018 were […]

June 4th, 2018 by

by Susan Solovic – You don’t need to pull together costly consumer panels to find out what they like or dislike about a product; all you have to do is read online reviews. However, it’s easy to be discouraged if you start scrolling through Amazon reviews, for example, looking for the meaty, actionable insights. There […]

June 2nd, 2018 by

Here’s this week’s roundup of “How To” articles, educational resources and upcoming events, business news and success stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. Branding, Marketing and Sales Growth Small Business Branding: What Color Says About Your Business, CrowdSpring. “According to a study examining the effect of color on sales, 92.6% of people surveyed by […]

May 31st, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: New York ranked 47th – or fourth worst – among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements.  Small Business […]

May 30th, 2018 by

BY BARBARA WELTMAN The financial markets are all abuzz about cryptocurrency. But as a small business, should you be accepting payment in this virtual currency? A growing number of companies, including a number of small businesses, accept Bitcoin; a list of them was last updated in March. There are certainly pros and cons to consider before you move […]

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