Tag Archive for 'government policies'

Small Business Advocate Poll: “Just get out of our way!”

The Question:
What do you want the federal government to do to help you with your small business?

0% - Initiate more programs to help small businesses

71% - Get out of our way by reducing taxes and regulations

29% - Both of the above

My Comments:
These days it seems a lot of people have their hands out for help from the government; from GM, Chrysler, and AIG, to who knows how many big banks. Then there are the unions, public and private, that rely on government support for their very existence. Big corporations make billions of profits doing business with the government. And one out of every seven Americans - over 50 million - now receives some kind of welfare.

But there is another group of folks out there that is about half the number of welfare recipients, produces over half of the U.S. economy, and sign over 70 million paychecks every week - small business owners. So what does this group want from the government? Well, we asked them about that last week in our online poll, with this question: What do you want the federal government to do to help you with your small business? Here’s what they said:

Not one person chose, “Initiate more programs to help small businesses,” as their answer. But those who believe the government should just, “Get out of our way by reducing taxes and regulations,” came in at 71%. The rest, 29%, allowed that the government should do “Both of the above.”

What if every group of Americans felt the same way small business owners do? I would like to see what that looks like, wouldn’t you?


I talked more about what small businesses want from the government this week on my radio program. Take a few minutes to download or listen.

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2010 economic forecast and the impact of government on it

What is ahead of us with the economy and how much will government policies impact the recovery? Bill Brandt joined me today on my radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, to discuss the dynamics of the economic recovery between the solutions we should naturally expect from the marketplace and the artificial, and often harmful, effects of government intervention.

A long-time member of my Brain Trust, Bill is President and CEO of Development Specialists, Inc., a firm specializing in the consulting and turnaround assistance to troubled or reorganizing concerns. Take a few minutes to listen to this interview and, as always, leave your thoughts on the way the federal government is attempting to influence economic recovery. Listen Live! Download, Too!

A small business economic report from a unique CEO

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Paul Sarvadi, founder and CEO of Insperity, on my radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, about his thoughts on the current state of the U.S. economy. Paul is uniquely qualified as an expert on this topic because he runs his publicly traded company with a small business mentality, plus all of his customers are small business leaders in their industry and markets.

Some of the things Paul said during our visit include where we are in the recovery, his conviction that small businesses will lead the economy out of recession, and his concerns for government policies hurting our recovery progress, plus other words of wisdom. Be sure to take a few minutes to listen to this interview, and of course, leave your own thoughts. Listen Live! Download, Too!

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