The Small Business Watchdog

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Entries from October 2008

Small Businesses Struggle with Cash Flow

October 31st, 2008 · 10 Comments

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a story about the struggles of small business owners with cash flow, by Kelly K. Spors and Simona Cova  (page B1 of the print edition).  This excellent article describes how “a growing wave of late payers is hurting many companies that were already reeling from the economic crisis themselves.”  The [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Chief Economist Dr. Chad Moutray Interviewed On “Build Your Business”

October 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

            Last Monday, Advocacy’s Chief Economist Chad Moutray appeared on Barbara Weltman’s radio show, “Build Your Business.”  Here are the podcasts for Part I and Part II of the show from the October 20th program.
 
– John McDowell
 

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South Dakota Leads The Way To Small Business Regulatory Flexibility

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

            South Dakota is leading the way to state small business regulatory flexibility. 
 
Anytime a South Dakota state agency proposes new rules it must complete a Small Business Impact Statement to show whether and how the proposed regulations will affect small businesses.
 
The idea is that state agencies should think carefully about the impact of [...]

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Tags: State and Regional

Educational Decisions Correlate With Self-Employment

October 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

            Advocacy’s Chief Economist, Dr. Chad Moutray, just released a working paper that shows college graduates who specialize in social science tend toward self-employment as compared to those with bachelor’s degrees in other subjects.
 
            This week at George Washington University Moutray presented his findings as well as an overview of previous research on the subject.
 
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Tags: Research & Statistics

National Small Business Association Names Chief Counsel Sullivan A “2008 Small Business Star”

October 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

           The National Small Business Association (NSBA) recently named Chief Counsel for Advocacy Thomas Sullivan one of ten “2008 Small Business Star.”
 
            In a statement, the NSBA said that the 2008 Stars are,
 
Ten of the most influential, small-business friendly members of Congress, their staff, members of the Administration and the media.  The awardees, who were [...]

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Chief Counsel Sullivan Interview On “The Small Business Advocate” Radio Show

October 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

my recent interview with Jim Blasingame (on the Small Business Advocate show)

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

The State of Small Businesses in an Election Year

October 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

           
            Matt Bandyk of U.S. News and World Report recently interviewed Chief Counsel for Advocacy Thomas Sullivan.  The interview, posted in the October 17 online edition, covers what Chief Counsel Sullivan sees as the major issues facing small business today.
 
            In answering the first question, Tom points to the cost of healthcare as the [...]

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Chief Economist Moutray Examines Opportunities and Challenges Facing Small Businesses

October 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

 
            Friday, Chief Economist Chad Moutray was in Springfield, Massachusetts, to attend the Western New England College Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship’s conference, “Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy.”  Dr. Moutray participated in a panel discussion on politics and entrepreneurship.  He cited five challenges and five opportunities facing small business:
 
Challenges
·        Small businesses continue to [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Chief Counsel Calls For Advocacy Independence

October 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

            Chief Counsel Tom Sullivan has been giving a round of “exit interviews” (his last day is October 24) with the media.  In a recent interview with Kent Hoover of the American City Business Journals, he called for the Office of Advocacy to become completely independent of the SBA.  According to Kent,
 
Despite his office’s [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Features Advocacy Report

October 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

The current issue of the National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship features a recent Advocacy working paper, “The Importance of Angel Investing in Financing the Growth of Entrepreneurial Ventures,” by Scott Shane.
 
NDE summarizes the findings:
 
A new US Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy-sponsored research report assesses the role of angel investors in funding new entrepreneurial ventures.  The [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

LinkedIn Users Respond To Chief Economist Query

October 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

Recently, Chad Moutray, Chief Economist & Director of Economic Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, was the featured person on LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site.  He posed the question, “What measures should small businesses take to weather this economic downturn?” and received well over one thousand responses.  People from all [...]

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