Many of you have responded to my recent posting about the Obama Stimulus plan, and there have been a wide diversity of opinions on its potential effectiveness. However, one comment that was prevalent in a large percentage of the responses was a question with regard to the actual content in the latest version of the plan. Most of you are interested to find out whether or not the bill currently being debated in Congress resembles the plan that was originally presented. Therefore, I am providing you with a link to an article that appeared in a recent issue of the New York Times entitled, ‘Small Business Critical of Stimulus’. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/smallbusiness/07sbiz.html?_r=1&ref=smallbusiness This article gives a good overview of the content of the bill as it currently stands and its potential affect on small business.
Additionally, I am also providing a link to a report recently issued by the SBA entitled, ‘Fourth Quarter 2008: The Economy and Small Business’ http://www.strategicgrowthconcepts.com/cm/dpl/downloads/content/13/Q4%202008%20-%20The%20Economy%20and%20Small%20Business%20Quarterly%20Indicators.pdf . This report summarizes the current economic trends and discusses their specific effect on small business, as well as providing a grid of economic indicators for the last 5 years and the last 5 quarters which you may find of interest.
Those of you who had additional questions on the bill and the state of small business will likely find the answers you are seeking in these documents.