Government & Politics Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Various Groups Ask Congress for More SBA Funding

Several groups that include the banking sector and business organizations have written to Congress to ask for more funding for the Small Business Administration, reports Portfolio.com.  But it seems Congress will retain the current figure of $1.4 billion compared to $2.6 billion during the same period a year earlier.  The former are hoping that the lawmakers [...]

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New Law Gives Tax Credit to Businesses Hiring Veterans

Great news for businesses and veterans!  President Obama signed into law a bill passed by Congress last month granting tax credits to businesses if they hire veterans.  This incentive ranges from $2,400 to as high as $9,600.  This law augments the earlier efforts of the President and First Lady who got pledges from businesses, the [...]

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Senate Passes Bill to Help Veterans Find Jobs

The Daily Times editorial praises senators for finally crossing party lines to approve a bill that will grant tax incentives to businesses that will hire veterans.  To recall, Republicans had been blocking President Obama’s American Jobs Act because of politics.  For its part, the IFA has promised to hire 80,000 veterans and military spouses by [...]

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Cut Taxes and Create Jobs says McDonald’s CEO

Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald’s says the government must cut taxes and decrease public spending in order for the company to turn around.  His assessment of the current economy will likely be played up by the opponents of President Obama over the deteriorating economy and high unemployment.  McDonald’s is one of the companies still hiring [...]

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Small Business Lending: Government Urged to Extend SBA Federal Initiative

Steven Grossman, Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Robert Baker, President of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), in a Huffington Post article, urge the government to extend the highly successful federal initiative to December 31, 2012.  They claim that the effect of the previous funding was dramatic.  SBA [...]

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October Jobs Up 80,000

“We’re doing O.K., even if we’re not doing great. The odds of a double-dip recession are lower, at least.”  This is the reaction of Augustine Faucher, Director of Macroeconomics at Moody’s Analytics on the 80,000 job positions filled in October according to The New York Times.  This figure is far from the rosy picture painted [...]

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Tax Reforms, Not Payroll Tax Cuts Says IFA

A bill put forth by President Obama aimed to create jobs via payroll tax cuts and a $447 billion package for infrastructure projects is facing opposition in Congress and small businesses. Newsmax.com reports that the International Franchise Association, in a letter to the Senate, says it prefers permanent tax reforms in lieu of this temporary [...]

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Franchise Leaders Want Government Out of the Way

Franchise leaders led by International Franchise Association’s President & CEO Steve Caldeira are asking members of Congress to repeal or amend the health care law.  IFA says these leaders are worried that many franchise businesses will close shop, and millions of employees will lose their jobs.  This is according to a report prepared by the [...]

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Herman Cain and Godfather’s Pizza in the News

Republican contender Henry Cain, according to All Business, is giving Godfather’s Pizza, his former company, free publicity.  With the negative reviews from customers received by Godfather’s Pizza for its product, pundits say that the company’s pizza needs a lot of improvement to boost the chances of Cain’s candidacy.  Do you think Cain’s candidacy will be [...]

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Obama’s “Birther” PR Mistake

Orly Taitz will earn a brief footnote in history as the “Birther” movement leader. She was at the forefront of a movement of Birthers who doubt that the president’s birth place was the United States. She famously took the issue to a California court to find out if Obama was U.S. citizen and to hold [...]

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New Concerns About The Mortgage Debt Relief & Tax Forgiveness Program

According to the just released findings of analysts employed by the federal government of the United States of America to monitor real estate transactions in the wake of recessionary property depreciations, the Mortgage Debt Relief act has done rather more than merely alleviate the debt of deserving homeowners since taking effect on January 1, 2011. [...]

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Sales Lessons From The Presidential Race

No matter what side you were on, here are a few observations, affirmations and truths, post-election, with respect to selling: Strategy and tactics are equally important. The purpose of executing tactics in a sales campaign is to drive a well-founded strategy. Tactics without a strategy is like playing darts with your eyes closed. Message! Not [...]

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2008 Most Powerful Women In The World

Business is and always has been a man’s world. To some extent that is largely still true because more men are occupying Chief Executive roles within companies all over the world. This is not to say that there are not powerful women out there who could serve as a fantastic example for other women to [...]

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How Will Barack Obama Help Small Businesses

In America, the small business owner has been used to sitting on the sidelines and watching whilst the large corporations dominate all areas of industry. Many small business owners have gone out of business whilst others often struggle to survive. One of the reasons behind this was that the Bush administration tended to offer very [...]

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John McCain’s View On The Business Economy

John McCain, the Republican candidate for the 2008 Presidential Election, is a man on a mission. He has extremely strong views about all sorts of areas of American life, and the economy is no different. However, unlike his opponent in the election Barack Obama, very few people have any idea what measures he will put [...]

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