Government & Politics Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Show Your Importance, Your Power … Talk, Text Coast to Coast

“Honey, you’d be surprised at what a man can do with one hand.” – Rick, “Snakes on a Plane,” New Line Cinema, 2006 O.K., I admit it … I have (once or twice) forgotten and left my smartphone on during take-off, the duration of the flight and landing. It usually gets stashed in the overhead [...]

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Affordable Healthcare … Hi! I’m from the Government to Help You

Better than Paper – The healthcare industry has made tremendous strides in patient care and records management by riding themselves of paper records and doing more and more online and on device. The increased use of technology has helped control quality and cost, except when it comes to reporting patient services/care to the government. I [...]

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How Government Policy affects Small Business and Franchise Lending

Jim Amos, Chairman and CEO of Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie was interviewed by FoxNews host Greta Van Susteren last month.  In the interview, Amos called small business owners and franchisees heroes.  These folks, he said, put their life and savings on the line while providing jobs in uncertain conditions marked with regulations and tax [...]

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Paul Ryan – Good For Small Business?

Fox Business‘s Kate Rogers reports conflicting views of small business owners on the 2012 U.S. elections.  Is the choice of Paul Ryan as Romney’s vice presidential nominee good for them?  Small business owners are discouraged by the current administration’s seeming lack of understanding for their plight and needs.  The choice of Ryan is welcomed by [...]

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Small Business For Mit Romney

Entrepreneur.com shares the results of a survey conducted around the first week of August by Manta.com.  The respondents are about 2,000 small business owners who were asked what political issue affects their small businesses.  Twenty percent of the respondents answered health care and tax policy as having the most impact on their companies.  Other pressing [...]

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Small Business News: Does Obama Know How To Create Jobs?

Fox Business released the video and transcript of IFA President Steve Caldeira’s interview criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama’s tax policies.  Caldeira laments the president’s “legendary” neglect of the job problem in the nation.  He does not buy the president’s argument that he’s been too busy to meet the Jobs council.  He says the president just [...]

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Papa John’s Pizza to Raise Prices Because of Obamacare

The Inquisitr reports the announced plan of John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, to raise prices of about $.20 per order.  This is so the company can offer its 165,000 employees health care benefits in compliance with the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  The law applies to all businesses with more than 50 employees.  [...]

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Mit Romney’s Choice of Paul Ryan Steers Debate on Bigger Issues

Big policy issues are taking center stage as Mitt Romney selects Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican ticket.  In an article in The Wall Street Journal,  Janet Hook and Damian Paletta focus on the conflicting stands of the Romney and Obama tickets on Medicare, the budget, size of government and business.  Robert [...]

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Obama and Republicans Fight over Bush Tax Cuts Extension

The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama is calling for a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000.  This is in contrast to what the Republicans led by presidential candidate Mick Romney want.  House Republicans want to extend all Bush tax cuts.  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi [...]

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Obamacare to Have Negative Impact on Small Businesses?

Business leaders and economists say the nation is facing uncertainty as it awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  Most think this health care law is not the answer to the insurance woes of small businesses.  Paul Howard of the Center for [...]

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Home Care Franchises Are In Huge Demand

In recent years, home care service franchises became one of the top categories of franchise opportunities.  Their growing demand is due to demographic and economic factors as the rising aging population is moving toward reducing hospital care and keeping seniors and disabled persons in their homes instead of nursing facilities.  HealthCareFinanceNews.com says business owners are [...]

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Obama to Extend Bush-era Tax Rates for Businesses

Kate Rogers reports to Fox Business that President Obama is asking Congress early this month to extend the Bush-era tax rates for businesses earning less than $250,000.  Corporations and entrepreneurs earning more are crying foul.  Ray Keating of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council calls the president’s move a “political spin in a campaign year”.  [...]

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Small Business Owners Talk about Tax Policies and the Economy

In an article that appeared at Forbes.com, small business owners with businesses that netted $250,000 and below last year were interviewed to get their views on the economy and tax policies. Chad Archibeck of CWA Enterprises and Edward Sullivan G2Link LLC whose businesses are product-oriented say their companies are doing well. Rajendra Hariprashad of Ace [...]

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Is Obamacare Bad for Small Businesses?

Matthew Yglesias in his Slate.com article believes that small businesses should embrace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. He does not share the thinking of the National Federation of Independent Businesses that this health insurance law is a disaster for small businesses.  He says that NFIB’s main priority is low taxes and laments [...]

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Small Business Loans – Credit Unions vs. Banks in Congress

There is a pending legislative bill that will raise the lending cap of credit unions from the current mandated 12.25% of their total asset size to about 27%.  If approved, this will substantially benefit small business owners and improve the economy says Brian Martin of the Progressive Policy Institute.  Sen. Mark Udall, sponsor of the [...]

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Franchisee Groups Support California Fair Franchising Bill – AB 2305

California joins Vermont and Massachusetts in legislating fair franchise practices this year.  Assemblyman Jared Huffman is the main sponsor of the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act or AB 2305.  He says his bill aims to protect small businesses from “intentionally unfair practices” by franchisors and bankruptcies.  The supporters of this legislation say that [...]

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Franchise Risks – The Wrong Way to Franchise Success

Michael Seid at AllBusiness.com writes about the sad reality that federal and state regulatory agencies could not and do not tell prospective franchisees which are the good franchise investments and which are the bad ones.  He says most states do not require franchisors to submit to their respective regulatory agencies disclosure documents.  He wrote “The [...]

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Long John Silver’s and A&W Headquarters to open in Kentucky

The new owners of Long John Silver’s, LJS Partners, and A & W Restaurants, A Great American Brand, in a press release by Gov. Steve Beshear, announced that their respective headquarters shall be in Kentucky.  Said restaurants shall employ 60 and 30 people, respectively, the Courier-Journal.com reported.  The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave the [...]

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Nando’s TV Ad Pulled Out Because of Threats

AllBusiness.com reports that Nando’s, a South African chicken chain with a number of franchises in Zimbabwe, has pulled out its ads because of threats of violence against its customers and employees.  Militant youth groups in Zimbabwe sympathetic to dictator Robert Mugabe, says the company’s ad featuring a lonely Mugabe attacks the dignity of their leader. [...]

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President Obama’s Commitment to Hire Veterans

Franchise.org reports that the current rate of veteran unemployment is at 12% and will drop with the signing of the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 by President Obama on November 21 at the White House.  The new law encourages businesses to hire veterans by granting tax credits to these employers.  The IFA thanked the [...]

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