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  • US small-business optimism tumbles to 7-month low as COVID-19 restrictions curb activity

    01/12/2021 9:51:41 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    "Small businesses are concerned about potential new economic policy in the new administration and the increased spread of COVID-19 that is causing renewed government-mandated business closures across the nation," Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist at NFIB, said in a statement. The backdrop for such businesses is set to improve in the near-term. Fiscal stimulus passed at the end of last month revives the Paycheck Protection Program, and direct payments included in the measure could lift spending at small businesses. Vaccine distribution and a more efficient reopening also serve to boost overall activity. Still, the Tuesday report's details "make for grim reading,"...
  • Biden: Our Priority Will Be Small Businesses Owned by Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans

    01/10/2021 8:24:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 95 replies ^ | Jan 10, 2021 | Todd Starnes
    President-elect Joe Biden says his priorities to grow businesses will only be for some Americans, not all Americans. “Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild,” the vice president said. What about white men who own small businesses? Will they be left to fend for themselves? Why is the president-elect judging small business owners by the color of their skin? Watch the full video below.
  • Al's Cafe, David's Diner cited by county health department for defying shut down order

    12/22/2020 2:35:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Pittsburg Post-Gazette ^ | December 21, 2020 | Patricia Sabatini
    The Allegheny County Health Department cited Al’s Cafe in Bethel Park and David’s Diner in Harmar late last week for serving meals indoors in defiance of the governor’s shut down order. The statewide restrictions, which expire Jan. 4, are aimed at stemming the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Inspectors visited both restaurants Thursday in response to complaints, according to the inspection reports. Both were ordered closed that day. Inspectors followed up Friday, when both restaurants were found operating and ordered closed again. Both also were cited for removing the county’s “closed” signs, inspection reports show. In addition, Al’s Cafe, on...
  • The Effect of the Lockdowns: Small Businesses Have Been Devastated

    That’s the effect of the lockdowns on Big Business: thanks to their political pull and effective lobbying tactics they have done quite well and have profited off of our suffering and circumstances. That’s not to say that those companies are to blame. Even though Amazon has had a great year because of Covid, it is not to blame for the disease or its effects. China and our government are. Amazon and the others are just doing what businesses do: trying to earn money as best they can despite government interference. But, even if they’re not to blame, the success the...
  • More Lockdowns Aren’t the Answer to Stopping COVID

    12/05/2020 5:18:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | December 5, 2020 | Staff
    As the “second wave” of the coronavirus continues and infections increase, too many politicians are knee-jerking to reimpose harsh restrictions like business shutdowns, curfews, and home confinements. These types of sweeping and overly restrictive measures cause needless harm, especially for the majority of generally healthy Americans who will experience moderate to no symptoms if they catch the virus. More effective approaches include doing more to protect vulnerable populations, like the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions; getting newly approved rapid at-home tests into the hands of more Americans so those who are infected can be immediately identified and quarantined;...
  • Congress Attacking Small Businesses in Lame Duck Session of Congress

    12/02/2020 3:46:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 2, 2020 | Brian Darling
    There are three ‘must pass’ bills in the lame duck session of Congress that are going to be addressed one way or the other, yet Congress can’t help themselves by loading up these bills with pet projects and special interest requests. These are the days when Congress acts behind closed doors and without public input. The leadership of both parties loves this time, because they can insert pet provisions in massive bills, then dare opponents to take the whole bill down if they don’t like it. The final versions of these bills will not go through any committee hearings, markups...
  • No, Joe Biden Won’t Just Punish Big Business. Bidenomics Threatens Small Business, Too.

    10/28/2020 2:07:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 28, 2020 | Joseoh Semprevivo
    After Joe Biden vowed to “transition” from oil, corporate America was put on high alert. This is the same Joe Biden who previously voiced support for having fossil fuels “eliminated.” But the Biden agenda is not just a threat to the energy industry, or even Big Business in general. Bidenomics means higher taxes and more regulations for businesses large and small. In fact, small business would bear a disproportionately heavy burden under a Biden administration.One example is a $15 federal minimum wage, which Biden supported again in the debate. Grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners are under immense...
  • The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save

    09/14/2020 7:28:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 9/13/2020 | Lydia DePillis, Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel
    When the novel coronavirus swept through the travel industry in March, grounding flights and stalling airplane orders, TransDigm didn’t wait for a congressional bailout in order to keep itself solvent. It didn’t have to. On March 23, with a green light from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Fed announced that it would buy as much corporate debt as necessary — in the form of bonds — to reassure companies that they could raise money they needed to ride out the pandemic. Within a few weeks, the bond market had nearly regained the ground it lost, spurring a debt boom. U.S....
  • Businesses Must Choose the Right Political Climate to Thrive

    09/05/2020 7:56:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 5, 2020 | Sharon LeVell
    I recently returned home from a trip to Washington, D.C. and felt as though I just visited a third world country. There were so many businesses boarded up and abandoned—from big corporate-owned businesses, to small mom-and-pop stores. Many of the main streets were blocked off in an effort to maintain law and order. I witnessed a mob attempt to storm a hotel, banging on, and shaking, the hotel’s reinforced doors. As I watched the chaos unfold from my room, I started to wonder if I would wake up to a mob in the middle of the night trying to beat...
  • Millions of Californians would be eligible for job-protected leave under plan approved by lawmakers

    09/01/2020 8:54:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/01/2020
    Senate Bill 1383 by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would provide millions of employees who work for smaller businesses with the same 12 weeks of job protections while taking family leave as those who work for larger companies. The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has said he will sign it. California’s paid family leave program allows workers to take time off to bond with a new child or care for a sick family member while receiving 60% to 70% of their weekly salary for eight weeks.
  • Trial Lawyers Looking for a $100 Billion Coronavirus Jackpot

    08/04/2020 4:15:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | August 4, 2020 | Stephen Moore
    Not everyone is suffering job loss, income declines and financial devastation from the coronavirus pandemic. Some people are looking to get rich off the tragedy. Trial lawyers see COVID-19 casualties and images of asbestos and tobacco lawsuits dancing in their heads. They are drooling over the prospects of a $100 billion COVID-19 jackpot. The Democrats in Congress. whom the trial bar has spent years buying and paying, can't wait to help in the grand heist. They aren't wasting any time. The Wall Street Journal reports, "Employers across the country are being sued by the families of workers who contend their...
  • Hours after reopening, Santa Clara County businesses will have to close again

    07/14/2020 11:41:44 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 27 replies
    San Jose Spotlight ^ | 7/14/2020 | By Eduardo Cuevas and Lorraine Gabbert
    Just hours after reopening Monday under Santa Clara County’s new health order, hair and nail salons, gyms, tattoo parlors and other personal care services have to close yet again. During his noon briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced immediate closures for indoor operations of restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, card rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums. Bars must close altogether. The governor called for 30 counties — approximately 80 percent of Californians — on the state monitoring list for at least three consecutive days to close personal care services, fitness centers, places of worship, business offices and shopping malls....
  • Don't Break Up Big Tech

    06/16/2020 9:50:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | June 16, 2020 | John Stossel
    It's the oddest thing. The more America's Big Tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have contributed to keeping America's economy afloat during the coronavirus lockdown, the louder the voices get to break them up or to tie them up into regulatory knots. At the same time that the White House and many conservatives are pushing to "bring our businesses and manufacturing back home" from nations such as China, plenty of so-called nationalists see our globally dominant, high-tech firms as the enemy. Do they realize that there is nothing that the communists in Beijing would wish...
  • Small Business Owners Face Big Problems

    05/30/2020 10:38:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | May 30. 2020 | Michael Reagan
    I feel terribly sorry for the hundred thousand Americans who've lost their lives to the coronavirus. I also feel sorry for all the small business owners in the country who have become innocent victims of the government's mishandled war on COVID-19. They worked long and hard to start up their local restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, hair salons, health spas, book stores and pet grooming shops. But in just three months their livelihoods - and the livelihoods of millions of their employees - were destroyed by the unnecessarily severe shutdown of most of our booming national economy. An MSNBC business...
  • Coronavirus: Germany to give stricken small firms up to €50,000 a month

    05/25/2020 8:36:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 25 May 2020 14:01 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany’s economy ministry on Monday unveiled plans to ramp up support for hard-hit smaller companies, proposing as much as €50,000 in monthly aid to help the nation’s vaunted “Mittelstand” survive the coronavirus crisis. The proposal, seen by AFP, is currently being discussed with the finance ministry and is aimed at helping firms cover their fixed costs from June to December as the pandemic pushes Europe’s top economy into its worst recession in decades. “Time is running out for some companies,” a spokeswoman for Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said. To qualify for the support, applicants must prove that their revenues plunged...
  • TYRANT Fines Shop Owner For Selling On Facebook Live!!!

    05/21/2020 6:30:18 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 21, 2020 | LackLuster
    The owner of a borough shop has been charged with conducting business in violation of state orders after having been previously warned by police. According to a press release issued by the Bernardsville Police Department on Wednesday, May 20, police initially received a complaint regarding ongoing business operations at the Country Home Store at 21 Olcott Square at 1:57 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Later in the day, at 3:07 p.m., the department received a second complaint related to ongoing business operations at the same location reportedly in violation of executive orders for nonessential business operations After receiving the second...
  • White House News Conference April 28, 2020

    04/28/2020 4:18:06 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 5 replies
    Supporting Our Nation's Small Businesses Through the Paycheck Protection Program
  • GA Barbershop Owner Drops a Massive Truth Bomb About the Struggles of Being a 'Non-Essential' Business Owner

    04/25/2020 8:30:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | April 25, 2019 | Beth Bauman
    Those in the beauty industry – barbershops, hair and nail salon and spas – have all taken a massive hit during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. They have been deemed "non-essential" from the beginning. In some states, it will be another four to six weeks before these businesses are able to reopen. In other states, like California, they are closed with no reopening date in sight. Critics, especially rich critics on the left, want beauty professionals to stay home. Taurean Overall, the owner of three successful Blessed Up Barber Shops in Atlanta, said what's being asked of them is unrealistic and...
  • Small Businesses Welcome Second Round of Relief

    04/25/2020 4:23:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 25, 2020 | Elaine Parker
    On Thursday, Congress approved another wave of small business relief. An additional $310 billion has been appropriated to replenish the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—which provides forgivable loans to America’s small business community. These entrepreneurs have been on the frontlines of the pandemic and keeping them primed will be the key to restarting the economy as the country begins to reopen. The initial $349 billion allocated for the PPP under the CARES Act was a blockbuster hit among the country’s entrepreneurs. Within 14 days of launching, the funding limit was reached and over 1.6 million businesses were approved for loans—which...
  • How Will the Left 'Not Allow a Crisis Go to Waste' Next?

    04/24/2020 9:27:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 24, 2020 | Sam Adolphson
    Why have the Democrats in Congress decided to punish small businesses? Make no mistake, that is exactly what Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the congressional Democrats are doing in their latest politically tone-deaf move by denying funding for the small business loan program. As of last week, the program officially ran out of money, leaving millions of small business owners and their employees wondering how they’ll survive the government-mandated lockdowns. It makes you wonder why Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues would possibly risk being so out of touch with the needs of our country’s small businesses—despite small businesses being the driver...