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September 11, 2012 | By Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Small business is almost always an issue in presidential campaigns. This year, it's morphed into one of the biggest. Getting the backing of the small-business community is important for most political candidates. Small-company owners are often influencers: They are well-known in their cities and towns and they employ voters with a vested interest in the challenges that they face. The Republican Party and Mitt Romney have been talking about small business for months, focusing on voter concerns such as taxes and health care as small-business issues.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2012 | By Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press
Small-business owners' concerns about government policies have intensified since the deep recession and a recovery that doesn't feel much better. Karen Kerrigan serves the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council as president, and Raymond Keating is its chief economist. The 18-year-old council, which has 100,000 members, takes a stand similar to other groups: Small businesses are struggling because they have to contend with too many taxes and regulations - words that are coming up a lot in presidential campaign speeches, videos, and commercials.
NEWS
December 27, 2012
By Michael Carroll Too often, we lack balance when we talk about businesses and their owners. I came of age in the late 1960s and early '70s, an out-of-balance time. Back then, a good part of public opinion was very critical of business and business people, sometimes unfairly so. There was a popular song at the time by a guy named Ray Stevens called "Mr. Businessman," and it was pretty rough on folks with that title. Here is a little sample of the lyrics: Itemize the things you covet As you squander through your life Bigger cars, bigger houses Term insurance for your wife Tuesday evenings with your harlot And on Wednesdays it's your charlatan analyst, He's high up on your list Forty years ago, businesses and business people were not widely admired or portrayed very favorably.
NEWS
February 7, 1999
If you own or have owned a small business, what advice would you give to someone just starting out? Send essays of 250 words or less by Feb. 22, including a phone number for verification, to Community Voices/Business at the addresses listed in the Where to Write box above. Questions? Call Kevin Ferris, readers' editor, at 215-854-454
BUSINESS
May 4, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
Commercial lending standards have tightened in the past year for small businesses and scuttled a major portion of contracted transactions for smaller properties, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. "There have been notable improvements in capital for large commercial transactions valued at $2.5 million or higher, but there remain significant challenges for small business," said Realtors' chief economist Lawrence Yun. According to Real Capital Analytics, more than 13,000 major properties valued at $2.5 million or higher traded hands in 2011.
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Montgomery County Private Industry Council wants to get small business owners involved in big business. The council is sponsoring a conference Wednesday that will introduce small business owners to the opportunities to work with federal and state agencies and large private businesses. "There is so much potential out there for anybody who is interested," said Barry Reimenschneider, procurement specialist for the 6-year-old council. The Government Agency Awareness Reception is scheduled to be held at the Valley Forge Sheraton Convention Center from 8 a.m to noon.
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March 18, 2012 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There is plenty of consensus on the benefits of keeping it small. One child is easier to handle than three. A two-door sedan is more fuel-efficient than a stretch limousine. And, of course, the gift-giving creed: Good things come in small packages. Then there's the business world. Ask small-business owners how life is and brace yourself for a litany of hardships. Topping the list might be that they don't have time to answer your question. "There are major challenges in running a small business," said Donna Marie DeCarolis, associate dean for graduate programs at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business.
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August 13, 2004 | By Alan J. Steinberg
The legendary Jersey Devil is a creature that has haunted inhabitants of and visitors to the Pine Barrens. Of course, the Jersey Devil is a myth, despite numerous claims of its authenticity. There is, however, a real-life devil that has hindered small-business creation, development and expansion in New Jersey the last four decades. This creature is the ever-growing burden of federal and state regulation of all types, including environmental, labor and financial regulation. Per employee, all these government mandates have a disproportionate impact on small business.
NEWS
March 16, 2004 | By W. WILSON GOODE Jr
ON THURSDAY, Mayor Street will formally share with City Council his latest vision for his two-term mayoralty. The mayor will offer a partial blueprint for economic growth and will call for an Economic Development Summit to be held this spring. Economic development is a new strategic focus for this administration. But it has always been mine. As a result of my legislative initiatives, on March 25, Council's Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hold hearings to update the status of lending goals submitted by banks holding city money.
NEWS
July 3, 2006 | By Brenda Hopper and Gary Rago
New Jersey needs to increase its financial support for the programs that help small businesses - the backbone of the state's economy - to develop, grow and compete, just as neighboring states have done. Last year, Pennsylvania invested $6.7 million and New York $2.5 million in their small-business development centers. New Jersey spent only $800,000. Even Georgia and North Carolina, states comparable in size to New Jersey, poured more money into their development centers, which are nonprofits that assist with startups, work with business owners on accounting and marketing, and help with business plans and securing contracts.
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April 10, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE WORLD has not forgotten about the plight of Philadelphia artist James Dupree, whose vast Mantua studio has been condemned by the city under eminent domain. So far, four filmmakers are producing documentaries on Dupree and his fight against the city, and his supporters are reaching out to Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee, the artist said. On April 26, the 63-year-old artist will open his Dupree Studios, the massive property at the center of the fight, to the world in an event called "Save Dupree Studios: The Dupree Dream.
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March 16, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
From across South Jersey, small-business owners packed a forum Friday seeking ways to expand or launch new ventures. U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) opened the gathering with a pep talk to nearly 200 small-business owners and entrepreneurs, business leaders, and bankers. In his second visit to Camden this week, Booker hosted a roundtable discussion to provide tips on how to access federal government resources. Lenders were on hand, as well as representatives from the Small Business Administration.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he was first approached about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, Michael Brown was a little skeptical. After all, he already had an MBA from St. Joseph's University and was busy running his own company, Environmental Construction Services Inc. Just how much could he learn from a 12-week program offered free by the investment giant? A lot, it seems. Six months after completing the program at Community College of Philadelphia, Brown credits the knowledge gained with helping to expand his business from four to 32 full-time employees and quadruple his annual revenue.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lend for Philly is a contest designed for college students. But the ultimate winner, its organizers say, will be small businesses. Students in the region who take up the challenge from Lend for America, a national nonprofit microlender, will be equipped with smartphone apps and required to map small businesses around their schools. They must also ascertain two specific things from owners of those businesses: what they need the most, and how many employees they have. The winning university team - the one that maps the most businesses by May 1 - will be awarded $5,000.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
Starting a business is complicated, but there is support for entrepreneurs. And advice can come even from unusual sources. Example: the ex-Navy SEAL with lessons in business leadership. Hard-core leadership lessons are taught at Entrepreneur.com by the likes of well-named Jeff Boss, a former Navy SEAL, now a business consultant. In this recent post, Boss describes the ways "a leader should show up. " That includes dressing the part, listening, and being candid. And, he says, there are no excuses: "Tired after a rough night sleep?
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  SBDC. In the resource-starved world of small-business owners, that acronym is tantamount to invaluable guidance, insightful research, and, for some, sheer survival. Small Business Development Centers are a national network of roughly 1,000 offices providing free assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs - that adventurous breed that generally doesn't have two extra nickels. But now, it's the SBDCs scrounging for funds. Without additional revenue, service cuts are likely, directors of the networks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey say. And that, they warn, could disrupt the economy's recovery - a turnaround the Obama administration has credited small businesses with leading.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
Dollars and sense Two health-care experts recently contended that more open fee-for-service pricing would limit spending ("Get medical costs in open," Feb. 16). But the problem with this approach is that health-care prices are not related in any way to what services cost. At most hospitals - such as the Albert Einstein Medical Center, where I served as chief executive officer - prices are at least double what's actually spent. So price comparisons do not provide much useful information about costs and spending.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
An $8,500 Merchants Fund grant has "launched" custom bookbinder Bella Forte on a path of global growth. Diane Mastrull's Small Business.
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February 8, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
With dozens of lamps glowing brightly, the lighting store in Ambler seemed almost to be taunting its neighbors. Across the street, members of the Laguda family bundled up and worked by flashlight in their tuxedo shop to finish orders for weekend weddings. "It's a little tough with no power," said Tony Laguda Jr., 36, wearing a thick winter coat in the darkened salesroom of the store his late father established 40 years ago. A day after the ice storm, Mother Nature, fate's fickleness, and Peco's response stirred one of two responses from small merchants across the region: frustration or gratitude.
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