September 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and National Federation of Independent Business are working to make the anti-regulatory fervor their members share an issue in the last weeks of the campaign. The chamber and the manufacturers group have taken out issue ads saying the expense to business in complying with federal regulations is killing job creation. NFIB local affiliates are conducting tours and news conferences to let business owners tell their personal stories.
May 14, 2013 |
YORK, Pa. - Business leaders say Gov. Corbett was right when he said Pennsylvania employers are having trouble finding prospective workers who can pass a drug test. That was the consensus among members of several business groups who held a conference call last week to discuss challenges facing companies with open positions, according to the York Dispatch . Taking part Thursday were the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Pennsylvania Business Council, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association and the National Federation of Independent Business.
November 26, 2015 |
The traditional start of the holiday season saw 5.1 million fewer shoppers heading out to the malls and big-box retailers on Black Friday last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Millions of shoppers no longer seem willing to fight traffic, wait in long lines, or do physical battle for early-morning deals on the day after Thanksgiving. Instead, a record number of shoppers are venturing to their local towns and Main Streets in support of Small Business Saturday.
October 19, 2012 |
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain wants employers to advise their employees about how to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. Cain, speaking to about 30 people at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia Friday as part of his 30-day "Truth Tour," said employers must educate their workers about the presidential candidates' public policy proposals. "Because one of the reasons we had to do this truth tour is that stupid people are ruining America," Cain declared.
April 2, 2012 |
In February, 42 percent of small-business owners among the 350,000 members of the National Federation of Independent Business tried to hire one or more workers. Seventy-six percent of those hiring reported finding few or no qualified applicants for their positions. Asked why so many applicants were unqualified, owners had some surprising answers. Overall, owners said the available pool had few or no qualified workers. Getting down to specifics, 26 percent reported applicants typically lacked the required skills for the position and 23 percent had a poor work history, which made them less attractive.
May 11, 2011 |
I don't like to wring my hands too much over one set of economic data. The $15 trillion U.S. economy is far too complex to fixate on only one aspect of it. The direction of employment, or rather unemployment, gets and deserves a lot of attention, but it's not the only thing that matters when it comes to economic health. While I'm inclined to view Friday's announcement that the economy created more than 200,000 jobs for the third straight month as very positive, it wasn't the blowout statistic that I think forecasters have been rooting for. The economic recovery may be 22 months old, but I'm impatient for the business mood to switch to risk-taking from risk-forsaking.
April 2, 2013 |
Two months after a severe flu season forced millions of workers to stay home, paid sick time is becoming an issue for many small-business owners. Philadelphia City Council and its counterpart in Portland, Ore., have approved laws requiring employers to provide paid sick leave. And two Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in Congress that would make paid sick leave a federal requirement. There's a great divide among business owners over the issue. On one side are opponents who say paid sick time creates financial and administrative burdens for businesses struggling with a still-recovering economy and uncertainty about health-care costs and federal budget cuts.
March 26, 2012 |
The good news is that optimism among small business owners has risen for six months in a row, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The bad news is that it is still slightly lower than it was a year ago. Consumer optimism also slipped according to the University of Michigan. Consumer spending, 70 percent of our economy, determines how quickly the economy can rebound. I discussed the prospects for the economy and our region over breakfast recently with Joseph Wakim.
November 11, 2013
Company leaders Veterans recently home from Iraq and Afghanistan have worked exceptionally hard, taken big risks, and persevered emotionally and physically in a hostile and challenging arena. Their skills would be well-matched to those an entrepreneur needs to start a business. Fortunately, Harrisburg and Washington are helping vets realize the dream of owning their own business. There are low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration and advice from experts through the "Boots to Business" initiative.
June 30, 2013 |
Tens of thousands of jobs would be lost in New Jersey if the state's minimum wage increases, according to a study by a small-business coalition. The claim adds fuel to the debate over hiking the wage less than five months before voters determine the fate of a $1 increase and proposed indexing of the wage to inflation. The study by the National Federation of Independent Business says New Jersey could lose 31,000 jobs during the next decade if the changes are approved. The reason, according to the study, is that the wage hike and indexing would increase business costs.