Cap and Trade Means Lights Out for Small Businesses
Get ready to pay a whole lot more to keep the lights on.
Jul 7, 2009 - 3:29:44 PM
Forcing Small Businesses to Offer Health Insurance Will Kill Jobs
Congress is about to take up legislation that would have profound and long-lasting effects on 17 percent of our nation's economyâ€”our healthcare system.
Jun 2, 2009 - 12:07:41 PM
Breaking the Small Business Bank
As small businesses struggle to keep their heads above water, some in Congress want to push them back down. An effort has begun in Congress to expand the Family Medical Leave Act into a program that would force small employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to all workers.
May 4, 2009 - 1:23:42 PM
Ensuring Safe Holiday Office Cheer
As the year draws to a close and the holiday season fast approaches, employers can chase away any holiday fears and ensure a business full of happy holiday cheer by avoiding a few common legal pitfalls. By taking some simple precautions, employers can ring in the New Year without worrying about any post-holiday headaches (or lawsuits).
Dec 16, 2008 - 10:55:36 AM
What Small Business Needs
After a long and history-making campaign, the people have spoken and elected our first African-American president. We offer our congratulations to President-elect Obama and all the successful candidates around the country.
Nov 7, 2008 - 12:20:31 AM
Looking for a Change in Healthcare
Change, it's said, is the one constant in everyone's life. That's also true for small business owners, with one expensive exception.
Aug 4, 2008 - 11:34:35 AM
Small Business at the Court: 2007-2008 Supreme Court Roundup
There is no question that the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions impact small business. In fact, studies have shown that more than 40 percent of the court's cases deal with issues that directly affect the business community. Those issues include employment, civil rights, insurance, workplace injury, environmental regulations and product liability issues.
Jul 22, 2008 - 5:40:58 PM
It's a Start, But Small Businesses Need to Hear More
When Senator John McCain delivered the keynote address at the National Federation of Independent Business 2008 National Small Business Summit last month, he did much more than speak to several hundred interested small business owners. He pushed the concerns of a significant voting bloc to the forefront of the presidential campaigns. In fact, both Sens. McCain and Barack Obama have spent much time specifically addressing the No. 1 issue among small businesses - healthcare. And it's about time.
Jul 1, 2008 - 2:12:55 PM
Issues, Elections Will Set the Stage for Entrepreneurs
Throughout the history of American politics, small business owners, which many of our Founding Fathers were, have played a pivotal role in the nation's public life.
May 31, 2008 - 10:33:34 AM
Alliance Aims to Push the Debate
Many people get frustrated by gridlock, whether it's traffic or political. Of the two, the political kind has far worse effects on our economy. So four leading organizations have decided to do something about it.
Nov 1, 2007 - 8:35:10 PM
Celebrating the Freedom to be Entrepreneurs
When you look back on American history, you realize that the founders and early leaders of our country were at heart entrepreneurs. Risk-takers boarded ships to make a dangerous ocean crossing, looking for new opportunities in a new land. Later adventurers loaded wagons and headed west for the same reason.
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:26:02 AM
It's More Than a Pants Suit
Did you hear the one about the $65 million pair of pants?
Jun 6, 2007 - 1:39:35 PM
ADA Tax Breaks Help Small Businesses Stay Accessible
You may have heard about the Americans With Disabilities Act and wondered how it might affect your business. Perhaps you've heard about predatory plaintiffs using the ADA to extort small businesses in "drive-by" lawsuits. Even if you haven't heard of the ADA, the reality is that you have obligations to make your small business accessible for the disabled. Instead of waiting for a lawsuit to hit you, why not take care of some accessibility issues ahead of time?
May 24, 2007 - 9:42:52 AM
Simplify the Tax Code
You could hear the sighs of relief as millions of tax returns were dropped at post offices across the land; another tax deadline has come and gone. But at the same time, many taxpayers were left scratching their heads, wondering why filing a return is so hard.
May 3, 2007 - 6:56:36 AM
Don't Balance the Books on Small Business' Back
For many small-business owners, three little words - Internal Revenue Service - can send chills down the most steely of spines.
Mar 1, 2007 - 2:23:56 PM
What Do the Election Results Mean to Me?
Politicians and pundits are still parsing the results of November's midterm elections, which resulted in the change of control of both the House and Senate. They're trying to divine the meaning of this flip in Congressional leadership and predict the country's direction leading up to 2008.
Dec 11, 2006 - 11:48:39 AM
Take Advantage of Your Right to Vote
Vote early and vote often. That old saying often heard around Election Day is
meant as a funny throwback to the days of rampant vote fraud and ballot-box
stuffing. Although said in jest, there's nothing funny about denying someone the
right to vote.
Oct 6, 2006 - 6:46:00 PM
Thanks for the Gift
When it comes to expensive antiques, the gift that a large crowd of small-business owners shared in Washington last month has no equal. But they had little time to reflect on a soon-to-be 230-year-old endowment proclaiming their rights to a representative government; they were exercising it to their fullest, fanning out across Capitol Hill to meet one-to-one with legislators.
Jul 14, 2006 - 4:07:00 PM
Senate Needs to Provide Relief from Rising Health-Care Costs
During the past five years, small-business owners have seen the highest increases ever in their health-care costs, a problem that virtually everyone agrees is unsustainable. More than 27 million of the uninsured across America are small-business owners, employees, or dependents of small businesses with less than 100 employees. They account for the largest segment of the uninsured population.
May 16, 2006 - 8:02:00 AM
Confounded by Employment Laws
In Washington this week, the focus has been on security, border protection and illegal workers. Regardless of the ultimate results of the debate, which continues as I write, you can be sure that it will be yet another employment law that small-business owners will need to understand and follow.
Apr 9, 2006 - 8:14:00 PM
Sounding the All-Clear for Small-Business Health Plans
A few days ago, a security alarm in a U.S. Senate building sent senators scurrying for safety. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and soon the all-clear sign was given. But the incident brought to mind other Capitol Hill alarms that have long been warning lawmakers of a dangerous threat to the health and safety of millions of Americans. Yet these pleas have gone almost unheeded.
Feb 24, 2006 - 11:35:00 PM
Are We There Yet?
Anyone who’s ever driven over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house with kids in the back seat is painfully familiar with the plea, “Are we there yet?” But we take for granted that the road to granny’s these days usually includes a stretch of smooth interstate highway.
Jan 24, 2006 - 11:30:00 AM
The (Real) Big Game
The Big Game will be exciting. Watch for brilliant moves by the defense, but never underestimate the power of the offense to launch a dazzling end run or throw a Hail Mary pass that will turn the tide in their favor. As the contest gets heated, there will be fumbles, interceptions and calls of unsportsmanlike conduct. But this grueling spectacle won't feature halftime entertainment or slick advertisements and the television audience will be very small.
Jan 17, 2006 - 10:35:00 AM
Headed for the Chopping Block
While shopping for that Thanksgiving turkey, it would be good to pause and appreciate those millions of independent small businesses that provide the goods and services this thriving nation depends upon. Today, such enterprises form the economic bedrock of the greatest democratic experiment ever undertaken.
Nov 21, 2005 - 2:20:00 PM
Small Business Ain't "Bean Bag"
"Politics," humorist Finley Peter Dunne wrote, "ain't bean bag," referring to a children's game popular in the 19th Century. His tongue-in-cheek message resounded with readers of his day: the political process is not a game, but a serious undertaking with high stakes.
Nov 7, 2005 - 2:27:00 PM
Climbing Mount Regulation
American small-business owners, attempting to reach the summit of their dreams of success, have for years been feeling similar symptoms as they struggle against what they view as an ever-growing mountain of government regulation.
Oct 24, 2005 - 11:24:00 AM
Helping Small Business Lift America
Once again, America is shaken by disaster. As the devastation from Hurricane Katrina is revealed, we grieve for our fellow citizens and their immeasurable loss. At the same time, we reach deep into our national resolve and instinctively calculate the ways to assist those in need.
Sep 15, 2005 - 11:28:00 AM
Something Small Businesses Can Take to the Bank
Anytime the United States House of Representatives approves legislation by a margin of 424 to 1, that's a clear indication that the lawmakers believe some aspect of American law should be changed. Such a resounding declaration occurred in May when lawmakers heeded small-business owners' pleas to remove a 70-year old ban on allowing interest payments for business checking accounts.
Jul 21, 2005 - 12:19:00 PM
Who's Afraid of a Little Competition?
Imagine how quickly America's health-care crisis could be solved if competition were allowed here. Instead, powerful insurance monopolies are determined to fight competition and keep their profit margins high at the expense of millions of small businesses that today are subject to 50 different state regulations governing health insurance.
May 21, 2005 - 11:09:00 AM
Could Somebody in Washington Be Listening?
There probably are few American small-business owners who could correctly identify the federal group whose primary job is to keep the president of the United States updated on the activities of government such as management, spending, interagency cooperation and work performance. But countless small-business owners, especially manufacturers, may soon be doffing their hats to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for doing its job.
Mar 22, 2005 - 2:06:00 PM
Boardwalk or Park Place? This Monopoly is No Game
Although technology has elevated game-playing to new heights, there's still no substitute for traditional board games such as the longtime favorite, Monopoly, where friends and families match their wits, knowing they can achieve millionaire status or wind up penniless simply by tossing the dice.
Mar 7, 2005 - 5:38:00 PM
Moonlighting in Self Defense
Moonlighting-working two jobs to make ends meet-is more than a time-honored
American tradition; it's a necessity for a substantial share of the nation's
workforce. According to the most recent employment-situation summary released by
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7.2 million Americans hold more than one job.
Feb 22, 2005 - 2:07:00 PM
Like Ducks in a Shooting Gallery?
There are few ceremonies as impressive as the inauguration of a president. Regardless of one's political views, this awesome tradition is reassuring to all who truly believe in a democratic government.
Feb 8, 2005 - 5:02:00 PM
A Simple Formula for Small-Business Growth
Starting a small business demands more than a desire to control one's destiny and a willingness to take risks, it calls for a positive outlook.
Jan 7, 2005 - 3:36:00 PM
America's Veterans: Following Entrepreneurial Tradition
It is comforting and reassuring that after more than two centuries of answering the call to defend their nation, America's veterans retain the citizen-soldier tradition.
Nov 26, 2004 - 11:24:00 AM
Clipping America's Entrepreneurial Wings
Entrepreneurs are a special breed of people.
Nov 12, 2004 - 8:32:00 AM
Election Day Rules: No "Mulligans"
In an election, unlike golf, there are no "mulligans." You only get one shot on Election Day. No "do-overs" or make-good swings will be allowed.
Oct 29, 2004 - 1:21:00 PM
Got Fired? Start a Small Business
Getting fired by Donald Trump before a television audience of 20 million people might be painful for those getting the boot, but they should be consoled by the fact that Americans hold a favorable view of those who pursue a career in business, even when they aren't successful.
Oct 16, 2004 - 10:50:00 AM
Who's Minding the Store?
By checking official voting records, small-business owners can go to the polls armed with the knowledge of who was minding their concerns in Washington while they were minding the store back home.
Oct 2, 2004 - 8:35:00 PM
Due Process Overdue at Tax Court
The U.S. Tax Court is long overdue for a refresher course in due process.
Sep 20, 2004 - 9:40:00 AM