BTW Articles

03 Sep

Indie Coalition Hails New Rule Requiring Disclosure of Tax Breaks for Economic Development

Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of trade associations and other organizations representing locally owned, independent businesses, is cheering a new accounting rule requiring local and state governments to annually disclose the amount of tax breaks they give to corporations in the name of economic development.

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12 Aug

Small Business Majority Launches Access to Capital Portal

The Small Business Majority launched the Small Business Access to Capital Resource Portal to help small businesses and entrepreneurs explore options for securing funding.

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13 Aug

AIB Submits Comments Supporting Credit Union Flexibility

Advocates for Independent Business has submitted comments to the National Credit Union Administration in support of a proposal that would provide credit unions with more flexibility in meeting the needs of small-business borrowers.

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13 Jul

Authors, ABA to DOJ: Investigate Amazon’s Abuse of Its Dominance in the Book Market

In an unprecedented joint action, U.S. booksellers, authors, and literary agents have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the business practices of The action comes as similar efforts are underway in the European Union.

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07 Jul

SBA Offers Online Course on Preparing a Loan Package

The Small Business Administration has created the online course “How to Prepare a Loan Package” to assist small business owners who are interested in borrowing money to start, grow, or expand their businesses.

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30 Jun

President Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act Subsidies

On June 27, in his weekly address, President Obama said the Supreme Court decision to uphold a crucial provision in the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals in states with federally run health insurance exchanges to receive a tax credit, means the law is “here to stay.”

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01 Jul

Appeals Court Affirms Apple Violated Antitrust Laws

On Tuesday, June 30, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed by 2–1 a lower-court ruling that Apple did conspire to raise, fix, and stabilize the retail price for newly released and bestselling trade e-books in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and various state laws.

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25 Jun

Main Street Alliance to Host Conference Call on E-Fairness Legislation

On Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. ET, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness, a coalition of small business owners, local retailers, and Main Street supporters, will be hosting a conference call to discuss the Remote Transaction Parity Act.

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23 Jun

How Home Improvement Can Become Hometown Improvement By Shopping Indie

“Home Sweet Home,” a new study from Civic Economics for Independent We Stand and the North American Retail Hardware Association, shows that purchasing through locally owned home improvement stores generates twice as much local economic activity than shopping at a chain store.

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25 Jun

ABA Urges Mayors to Include Indies in Discussions on Minimum Wage

In a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, ABA CEO Oren Teicher called on the nation’s mayors to include indie retailers in any discussions on increasing the minimum wage in their cities.

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