Hiring by Smallest Employers May Signal Job Recovery

In the NewsCompliance Science: What Workforce Managers Need to Know About Immigration EnforcementAmong the administration's top priorities, immigration remains on track largely due to bipartisan interest in Congress. While an immigration reform bill may be out of the question this year—major expansion of aggressive enforcement efforts is well underway. ManageSmarter.comIn the NewsWalmart Places a Mega Buy with YahooThose tie-ins are part of an ad deal between Walmart and Yahoo is the largest the Bentonville, AR-based company has made to date with a single online publisher, according to... [Read Full Article]


Crisis Leadership: Helping Your Employees in Time of Need

ABC Online and On Your Side EZlocal.com Gets a Redesign EZlocal.com recently got a redesign. More members are seeing their business on the site as a Featured Listing on the local homepages, search results and more! If you're a paid ABC member you can login to add coupons, images and detailed descriptions to drive even more traffic to your business. Government, Politics and the Economy Durable Goods Orders, Excluding Cars and Planes, Unexpectedly Rise Excluding cars and aircraft, new orders for US durable goods rose unexpectedly in June, a signal that manufacturing may expand in the second half of the year. Bloomberg.com Management and Operations... [Read Full Article]


Grassley Tax Bill Would Help Small Business

  Government, Politics and the Economy Congress to Consider Consumer Financial Protection Bill Legislation that would ‘level the playing field,’ as the Treasury says, is on its way to Congress in spite of opposition from financial institutions – the first of a number of new regulatory bills President Obama plans to send to Congress. Workforce.com Making Sure Small Business Contracts go to Small Businesses A proposed new law aims to keep big businesses from gobbling up procurement deals that should go to smaller firms. CNNMoney.com [Read Full Article]


Study Ranks Banks on Small Firm Lending, Hints at Current Trends

The statistics are in: Growth of small and microbusiness lending was positive during the first half of 2008, but it was slower than in the previous year. This is according to the latest edition of the Office of Advocacy’s annual study of lending to small firms: Small Business & Micro Business Lending in the United States for Data Years 2007-2008, which gives a detailed account of small business lending overall, plus state-by-state totals and totals for individual lenders.  /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} The report uses the most recent Consolidated... [Read Full Article]


Healthcare Reform to Top $1 Trillion

  Government, Politics and the Economy Democrats Offer Mixed Signals on Deficit President Obama may have called for legally binding measures to enforce spending restraint, but both his congressional allies and his own actions are threatening to undermine his effort. WSJ.com Healthcare Bill Raises Taxes by $600 Billion House Democrats have drafted healthcare overhaul legislation that includes $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. According to Ways and Means chairman Charles Rangel, the total cost of healthcare reform will top $1 trillion. Bloomberg.com Management and Operations [Read Full Article]


Small Business Brief for 12/02

Government and Economy SBA Applauds Treasury Action to Bolster Secondary Market for Small Business Loans A plan by the Treasury and the Federal Reserve to improve market conditions for asset-backed securities – including those composed of SBA-backed small business loans – should be welcome news to credit-hungry small businesses across the country, said U.S. Small Business Administration Acting Administrator Sandy K. Baruah.   Holiday Sales Season: One of the Weakest in Years Increased retail shopping over Thanksgiving will not be enough to keep this from going on record as one of the weakest sales seasons in recent years. [Read Full Article]