Small Business Articles

More Businesses Shutting Down than Starting Up

'Business deaths now exceed business births for the first time' in decades.
6:28 AM, May 08, 2014

A new Brookings Institution report indicates that businesses are shuttering their doors more quickly than new ones are popping up.

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Banking For Big Business

11:49 AM, Apr 25, 2014

Veronique de Rugy writes at the Washington Examiner about why we shouldn't buy the claim from the Export-Import bank that it serves mostly small businesses:

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Maryland Delays Obamacare Small Business Exchange, Jeopardizes Tax Credits

1:02 PM, Nov 13, 2013

In mid-October, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange quietly postponed all of the forums it had scheduled to inform small businesses about the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), as we reported.

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HHS: Small Businesses May Keep Current Health Plans in 2014, But Will Lose Tax Credit

3:37 PM, Jul 29, 2013

When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, one provision that kicked in immediately was a Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.  The IRS explains how the fairly generous credit works:

For tax years 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit is 35 percent for small business employers and 25 percent for small tax-exempt employers such as charities...

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The Big Store

The mythology of small business meets a retailing giant.
Apr 29, 2013

Not long ago, New York City stopped a Walmart store from being built in its downtrodden East New York neighborhood, another defeat in the giant discounter/grocer’s six-year effort to enter the five boroughs. Small retailers and unions, in prevailing, embraced a century-old tradition of political suppression of retail competition. Notwithstanding the loud American romance with entrepreneurship, Marc Levinson’s history of the erstwhile supermarket giant A&P—the Walmart of its day—rewrites the story.

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Small Business Hates Obama's Washington

5:15 PM, Jan 15, 2013

President Obama, take note.  Small business owners think Washington has become increasingly hostile in recent years to free enterprise and thus to job creation, a survey conducted last week found.  And his policies are part of the problem.

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American Future Fund: Obama Meant What He Said

1:41 PM, Jul 26, 2012

Plenty of left-leaning outlets, and recently Barack Obama himself, have claimed conservatives are taking the president's "you didn't build that" comments out of context.

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Warren Stands by 'Nobody in This Country...Got Rich on Their Own'

11:40 AM, Jul 25, 2012

While Barack Obama has taken to swing state airwaves to walk back his recent comments that business owners "didn't build" their businesses, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is not backing down from similar comments she made last year.

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Casey Distances Himself from Obama, 'You Didn't Build That'

9:01 AM, Jul 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey, who is up for reelection this year, carefully put some space between himself and Barack Obama's recent comment that American entrepreneurs didn't build their businesses on their own.

Speaking at a luncheon in Harrisburg, Casey said that "everyone knows that when someone builds a business and is successful, they are successful for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons they're successful is they work hard."

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Ryan: Obama's 'Confused Morality'

1:12 PM, Jul 17, 2012

On his Facebook page, Paul Ryan responded to President Obama's comments about how succesful business people "didn't build" their own businesses without help from big government. Read the statement below:

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Ad: Obama Still Doesn't Get It

11:46 AM, Jul 17, 2012

The National Republican Campaign Committee has a new video pouncing on President Obama's recent comment that "if you have a business, you didn't build that--somebody else made that happen." Watch the video below:

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Heavy Hand

1:43 PM, Aug 26, 2011

In the Washington Post, Camden Fine, president and chief executive of the Independent Community Bankers of America, writes, “I was astounded this month when the Federal Reserve announced its intention to keep interest rates at zero percent for at least the next two years. I kept staring at that number, 2013, assuming that it was a mistake.”  He continues, “In my view, the Fed’s policy is nothing more than a backdoor bailout for the Wall Street mega-banks and investment houses; it amounts to the back of the hand for the community banks of this country.”

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The Domino Effect of Obama's Regulations

11:09 AM, Aug 09, 2011

The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein reports today on one of the many ways in which the Obama administration's regulatory policies are hurting small businesses, creating additional uncertainty in the economy, and generally killing jobs. Klein writes:

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Starbucks CEO and Obamacare Supporter Now Decries Law's Small Business Impact

12:30 PM, Mar 22, 2011

The Seattle Times has an interesting interview with Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks. After being one of corporate America's most prominent supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Schultz is now having second thoughts about the law:

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