Category Archives: Government and Small Business

The role of the government and its effects on small business

The Feeble Role of Government to Stimulate Small Business

The news is filled with quotes from government officials exposing the critical role small business play in our economy. Articles talk about the billions in government dollars directed toward supporting small businesses. However, before you stake your claim on these funds, you should understand the assumptions the government has about small business. Having made several trips to Washington D.C. to advocate [...]

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Our Fragile Monetary System

Understanding monetary policy is critical to understanding why our lives are the way they are. Unfortunately, economics is often viewed by the vast majority of citizens with confusion and boredom. Financial jargon coupled with intimidating mathematics quickly deters people from any attempt at understanding it. That said, our established monetary system exists as one of the most unquestioned forms of faith [...]

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Red vs. Blue → Establishment vs. Outsider

Since the election season is in full swing, I can't help noticing that red vs. blue has given way to establishment vs. outsiders. In recent years, during their campaigns, politicians have marketed themselves as the candidate who will bring change to Washington, or in other words, the establishment. Yet once they are elected, they succumb to the political machine. Their [...]

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Taxes and Crowdfunding

While crowdfunding is becoming more and more common, tax support and guidance for the campaign creators continue to remain unclear on many points. At a minimum, the tax treatment of funds generated through crowdfunding depends on whether the campaign is reward-based, donation-based, or equity-based. Moreover, if it is reward-based, the value of any reward offered also becomes a factor, especially when [...]

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Are You Better Off?

As I write this article, we are in the midst of the political season. Candidates continue to talk about the fact that the middle class in the last decade is not making any progress. They are calling for minimum wage increases to improve their standard of living. I, however, believe they are looking at the wrong metric. I do not think [...]

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The Powell Letter

It was the summer of 1971 and I was a youngster living in New York City riding my new Schwinn bicycle. The war in Vietnam was winding down, but that summer marked a turning point for American business. During the preceding decades, American business and the free enterprise system were under attack. 27% of American workers were union members and unions [...]

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Critical Thinking About Macroeconomic Forces

When completing a Business Model Canvas, it is helpful to guide the discussion through the use of questions. When it comes to looking at macroeconomic forces that will affect your business model, the following set of questions should help you in thinking more critically about your business model. These questions are broken into four categories: market conditions, capital markets, commodity [...]

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Macroeconomic Forces and the Business Model Canvas

BMC Macroeconomic ForcesThe next and final environmental forces block is “Macroeconomic Forces.” This section is used to determine if your business model can adjust to macroeconomic shifts. This is where keeping up with current events is important. In addition to watching world and local news programs each day, I use an [...]

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Why We Need an Entrepreneurial Mind Set

FrankinsteinEntrepreneurs by their nature are risk takers. With increased risk comes greater reward potential. However, society in general is moving towards less risk and less reward. As a society, we are willing to trade security in the form of Social Security in our old age and Affordable Health Care in exchange [...]

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