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 »

Manila Association Drives Small Business Financing and Development

The Manila, Philippines-based Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), www.adfiap.org with its 127 development bank members in 44 countries has found a unifying initiative to advocate for and help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) gain access to knowledge and finance. Description and Rationale ADFIAP’s SME Finance Initiative (SME/FI) is a… Read more »

American Water Works Assn Explains Value of Membership

“Associations come into being because they allow individuals and organizations to accomplish together what they cannot accomplish alone.  We not only accomplish more together, we accomplish it more efficiently.” “It should not surprise any of us that utilities are closely scrutinizing every cost they incur these days nor that a number of utility programs and… Read more »

Small Biz Lending Bill Does Not Contain 1099 Repeal

U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Small Business Jobs Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington on September 27, 2010. The bill extends Recovery Act measures to increase lending and provide tax relief for small businesses in the U.S.  UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg Photo via Newscom

Before adjourning for the 2010 campaign season, the Senate rejected two amendments to the small business lending bill that would have alleviated the onerous new Form 1099 reporting requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  The new requirements would force all businesses and tax-exempt organizations to issue a Form 1099 to… Read more »