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Government, Politics, and the EconomyRetail Sales in U.S. Jump 2.7%, Most in Three Years Thanks to the government's Cash for Clunkers program, retailers in the U.S. surged in August - the most in three years. Bloomberg.comManagement and OperationsBe Ready and Prepared for Disasters: September is National Preparedness MonthFire, flood, hurricane, or tornado, you need to be prepared to protect yourself, your family, and your business from mother nature. Management and Operations [Read Full Article]

Cash for Clunkers Damages Small Businesses

Obama's "Car Allowance Rebate System," known for its more popular name, Cash for Clunkers, ended Monday, August 24th at 8 P.M. EST time.  According to a press release from the United States Department of Transportation, as of Thursday, August 20, there have been 457,000 dealer transactions which equals to $1.9 billion in rebates. Cash for Clunkers has "provided rebates of up to $4,500 when people turned in their clunkers for fuel-efficient vehicles. Most consumers have turned in trucks and SUV’s in exchange for passenger cars, with an improved gas mileage of about 60 percent." The Cash for Clunkers program undoubtedly created jobs, put people back to work, and kept the automobile industry alive. It has also reduced harmful emissions from clunkers into our air which helps our environment. Unfortunately, this pretty picture can be destroyed by taking a look at the most important group of businesses in America that drive our economy: small businesses.Independent Dealerships [Read Full Article]

Velazquez: Small Business Needs a Break on Cap-and-Trade

  Government and Economy Velazquez: Give Small Business a Break on Cap and Trade Small businesses need rebates to ease the higher energy costs that may result from capping carbon dioxide emissions, the chairwoman of House Small Business Committee wrote today to the Democratic sponsors of the cap and trade legislation. Small Business Credit Continues to Tighten—Just Not by as Much According to the Fed’s quarterly survey of senior bank loan officers, banks are still—for the tenth quarter in a row—tightening credit standards for small businesses, but not to the d... [Read Full Article]