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New Year, New Jobs: 257,000 Positions Added in January

Unemployment is at 5.7 percent after 703,000 people entered the labor force and 257,000 net new jobs were added in January.

By | February 6th, 2015|

Looking at the Best Cities For Female Entrepreneurs

This year is shaping up to be a great year for women in business, starting with Obama's nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet as leader of the Small Business Administration in January. Now, Nerdwallet.com, an online resource of tools to help visitors compare financials on everything from credit cards to student loans, recently conducted a study on the best cities for [...]

By | February 24th, 2014|

Hiring Slow Down Reported for March

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning, US jobs increased by only 88,000 this past month; disappointing, to say the least, since in February, 268,000 jobs were added. The numbers released for March have been the biggest decrease in the job rate since last June. Analysts have been anticipating a [...]

By | April 9th, 2013|

SBA Fishes For Borrowers

Small Businesses have always formed the backbone of the American economy.  These entrepreneurial pioneers embody the spirit of possibility, the tireless work ethic, and the simple hope for something better that lies at the heart of the American ideal. The problem is, our small businesses have been some of the hardest hit by this recession.  [...]

By | March 15th, 2013|

Given the Political Climate, Small Business Hiring Dips

The most recent Private Capital Access Index report produced by Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., revealed that 55% of owners are less confident in their business growth prospects than one year ago (pdf). While this number may seem similar to the millions of other vague statistics [...]

By | March 5th, 2013|

5 Great Resources for Entrepreneurial Veterans

November 11th is the day when we as a country honor and celebrate the service of America's military personnel. The US Department of Veteran Affairs recently reported that the unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.3 percent in October, at least for those who served pre-9/11. While that number is well below the national average, [...]

By | November 12th, 2012|

Coming Soon to Businesses Near You: Economic Recovery

It's about rethinking. Rehashing, reviewing, revising - dust off your thesaurus and call it anything you like, but it is a call to action that we as Americans need to receive. Thursday morning kicked off  the Clinton Global Initiative America (#CGIAmerica) meeting in Chicago. Within seconds of the doors opening, social media outlets were buzzing with attendees [...]

By | June 8th, 2012|

What’s More Important Than a Job? A Steady Job

Cold-Drawing Steel, American Steel & Wire Co. - Ewing Galloway Photo Many often consider employment numbers an indication of the national economic situation, as well as the progress of individual businesses. Still, a dramatic increase in these numbers alone cannot foreshadow a healthy economy. Like in times past, consistency is key. Looking back [...]

By | October 12th, 2011|

What the S&P Downgrade Means for Your Small Business

The big business news last week was obviously the S&P's downgrade of the US credit rating.   We thought we'd start our Monday morning off with a review of some of the most interesting insights we found last week from business writers on how the downgrade is likely to affect your small business. Does Standard & [...]

By | August 15th, 2011|

Tips for Refreshing Your Small Business Marketing

More often then not, it is helpful to pause and reflect on your marketing strategies for your business. Are you advertising to the right people? Are you using social media in the best possible way? Below are various articles that hold important advice for small businesses, and provide innovative ideas for refreshing your small businesses [...]

By | July 8th, 2011|