Category Archives: Small Business

Help small biz by not favoring big biz

What is small business and what can government do to help? An analysis by small business trackers Carolyn Ockels and Steve King of Emergent Research  suggests that current policies are skewed toward Silicon Valley startups rather than Main Street bootstrappers.

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Small business suffers as global biz booms

One statistic in an Associated Press story helps explain why the U.S. economy lolls in the doldrums: wages and benefits have sunk to 57.5 percent of GDP, down from a longstanding 64 percent while “a big chunk of the economy’s … Continue reading

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The Theology of the Minimum Wage

During my newspaper career I covered technology, biotechnology and other mind-expanding fields, but economics proved my most challenging beat. Behind a shroud of statistics, economists argued views that could not be proven but which nevertheless influenced lives and fortunes. One … Continue reading

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Learning to work the streets, part three

(Continued from: getting paid was a bonus.)   As I recall, I worked six days, maybe 10 hours a day, before there was any talk of compensation. All this occurred long ago and memory can play tricks, but whatever the details, … Continue reading

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Learning to work the streets, part two

(Continued from: momma gave me away)   Exactly what happened after my mother presented me to these grizzled old men is obscured by the passage of time. As I recall they agreed to put me to work and decide later what … Continue reading

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Learning to work the streets

In the summer between grade school and high school my mother took me by the hand to the fruit stand down the corner from our Brooklyn apartment building and lined me up with the first, most physical and, in retrospect, … Continue reading

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