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It's Time to Wake Up to Climate Change

Oct 31, 2007

 
On Dec. 5, the Senate will try to move the Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill through committee and to the Senate floor. If this bill becomes law, 3.4 million Americans will lose their jobs. American GDP will decline by $1 trillion, and American consumers will be forced to pay as much as $6 trillion to cope with carbon constraints.

View the new U.S. Chamber video OPPOSING the Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill.

Minimum Wage, Immigration, Layoff Season

Oct 31, 2007

 
Arkansas
Officials Refute Job Licensing Report

State officials are disputing a report that found that Arkansas ranks fifth in the number of occupations that require state licenses. According to the report by the Reason Foundation, a tax-exempt libertarian group, Arkansas requires licenses for more than 100 occupations. But officials for several state agencies said the licenses protect consumers and public health and safety. They also suggested that the report overstates the number of licenses Arkansas requires.

Automated Marketing Coming

Nov 30, 2007

Small Businesses to Benefit

Ramesh A. Lakshmi-Ratan, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Direct Marketing Association
www.the-dma.org/

Marketing technology is not new. In 1440, Johann Gutenberg started the ball rolling. And ever since, business owners have been searching for tools to help them reach customers more quickly, efficiently, and directly.

New Challenges, New Opportunities

Nov 30, 2007

U.S. Chamber Advances Business Agenda

U.S. Chamber Chairman Paul S. Speranza Jr. (left) briefs Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) on health care priorities while a staff member looks on.

The Chamber in 2007 moved the ball forward on a number of policy issues essential for continued economic prosperity, job creation, and competitiveness. Below are some highlights.

To Give Is to Receive

Nov 30, 2007

Businesses Gain From Community Involvement

Businesses involved in their communities find that giving has its own rewards, as illustrated by this year's finalists for the Corporate Stewardship Award for Small/Midsize Business presented by the U.S. Chamber's Business Civic Leadership Center. (See the cover story to learn about award winner ChoicePoint Inc.)

A Year End Tax Checklist

Nov 30, 2007

 
During December, peoples' thoughts turn to eggnog and holiday gifts, and if they're a small business owner, hopefully to year-end tax planning.

Small business owners should be aware that they can expense an even greater amount of business purchases on their 2007 tax return due to an extension and expansion of Section 179 capital asset expensing provisions.

Regional News

Nov 30, 2007

 
Arkansas
Business Development Center Works-Businesses assisted by the Arkansas Small Business Development Center generated more than $154 million in increased sales in 2006, according to a Mississippi State University study. More than $14.3 million in tax revenues were also generated by such businesses.
Source: Arkansas News Bureau

Make Retirement Plans Affordable

Nov 30, 2007

Disclosure Requirements Could Hurt Small Businesses


By Harold Jackson

There have been tremendous efforts to provide incentives for small business owners to establish and maintain retirement plans. However, additional fee disclosure requirements could possibly undo this progress.

First, a heavier administrative burden would disproportionately impact small businesses, which don't have dedicated human resources staff like larger companies.

How Did We Get to This Point?

Dec 1, 2007

U.S. Legal System Has Run Amok

By Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sadly, America has adopted a culture where everyone is a victim, where suing is the first—not the last—resort, and where any misfortune in life must always be someone's fault.

We see some courts, juries, prosecutors, attorneys general, and regulators using the legal system not to enforce the law but to make the law. We see troubling attacks on the due process rights guaranteed to every American by ambitious prosecutors.

Are You the No. 1 Small Business?

Nov 30, 2007

 
The U.S. Chamber will honor exceptional businesses that demonstrate the spirit of enterprise at America's Small Business Summit 2008, April 16-18, in Washington, D.C.
Follow these steps to apply or to nominate a business:

1.  Download an application or nomination form at www.uschambersummit.com.
2.  Show how your business stands out.
3.  Submit applications to the Chamber by mail no later than February 8, 2007.

Nanotechnology Event Explores Potential Benefits, Challenges of Budding Industry

Oct 31, 2007

 
The Chamber's National Chamber Foundation brought together key industry leaders, lawmakers and the media to explore the enormous economic and societal benefits of nanotechnology, and explore ways to respond to critics who are calling for a moratorium on products containing this revolutionary technology.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Co-Chair of the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus and John H. Marburger, Science Advisor to the President and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy spoke during the all-day event at the Chamber's Washington headquarters.

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