Campaigns that highlight the importance of local independent business can provide a big boost for small businesses and local economies battered by the recession, suggests a new survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
The American Small Business League (ASBL) is predicting that President Obama will rely on the same tired rhetoric regarding economic stimulus, while continuing to ignore the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.
Small business advocates have raised concerns a section of the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act will be used to threaten and intimidate small businesses that take issue with DoD's small business contracting practices.
The proposal to combine the SBA with the Commerce Department is just the latest attempt by the government to cover up billions of dollars in abuse while dismantling small business contracting programs.
The president's small business jobs bill contains a dangerous loophole that could encourage billions of dollars in fraud in small business contracting programs, and protect fraudulent companies from prosecution.