With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, Reuters Small Business interviewed Jeff Stibel, chairman and CEO of small business credit rating agency Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp to ask him a few questions about what small businesses need to know about the government’s self-imposed tax agreement deadline and what small businesses can do in case congress fails to ink a tax agreement plan before the end of the year.
As an extremely close election race heads into its final days, offices across the country will become political hotbeds. But employees should remember that the freedom to express your political beliefs is mostly a one-way street that favors the employer.
President Barack Obama called them the “engines of growth” in a debate this week against Mitt Romney, but small businesses are feeling decidedly glum about the broader economy and more than half of them have no plans to hire anytime soon.
For those who don’t have a Silicon Valley area code, Steve Blank likely doesn’t have much name recognition. But amongst the Apples, Googles and Facebooks of the world, Blank enjoys iconic status. Blank says he gets asked for autographs just walking down the street in Palo Alto, where he teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford. Some young entrepreneurs reverentially refer to the 59-year-old as: “The Godfather.”
Regardless of who won the presidential debate, the majority of executives from small technology firms would feel better if Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins next month’s general election.
When Hedy Ratner started the Women’s Business Development Center in Chicago 25 years ago, women owned just 10 percent of U.S. businesses.
This week Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills gave America’s top banks a pat on the back for boosting their lending to small businesses over the last 12 months, while separate data showed that funding for the most needy small businesses actually contracted.
from Felix Salmon:
Tim Kane, at the Hudson Institute, has a new paper out with a simple title: "The Collapse of Startups in Job Creation". His paper is basically a slightly politicized version of the charts put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month, under the headline "Entrepreneurship and the U.S. Economy". The first two charts are particularly striking. The first one looks at the number of startups in America -- companies less than one year old.