Associations Helping Promote “Small Business Saturday”

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, many large retailers hold discount sales to attract consumers focused on doing holiday shopping known as “Black Friday”.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and various associations in conjunction with the Black Friday phenomenon are pushing “Small Business Saturday®” as the small business version of the more well-known day. November 26 will mark… Read more »

National Retail Federation Launches Jobs Campaign

The National Retail Federation (NRF) launched a new campaign this month designed the show the impact of retail on the U.S. economy.  The campaign, “Retail Means Jobs”, aims to show that “[t]he [retail] industry fuels innovations that are empowering consumers and transforming the way we live, work, and play”.  According to NRF President & CEO… Read more »

White House Mischaracterizes Role of Associations

The new rules were drafted by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and would amend current regulations governing standards of ethical conduct for executive branch employees that limit all government officials from accepting gifts from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations. While the Obama administration imposed tighter gift restrictions on political appointees shortly after the president… Read more »

US Travel Associations Proposes Ways to Increase U.S. Travel

With the ten year anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks approaching, the U.S. Travel Association earlier this week gave a report on the state of U.S. travel industry.  But rather than just lamenting the state of travel, they gave a proactive plan to help people travel more easily to, from, and around the… Read more »