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FED’s Gloomy Outlook may Rekindle Pessimism

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The Federal Reserve is walking on thin ice. In talking down the economic recovery to rationalize low rates, it may be dampening investor and consumer confidence. ...

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Economic Recovery: Shifting into Cruise Control

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The US Economy is now recovering at a normal rate. As inflation fears rise, the Federal Reserve Bank will have to reconsider its pledge to keep interest rates fixed until 2014. Indicators to look for in the future are...

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Black-owned Businesses: A Profile of High Performers

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The revenue of Black businesses in the Gazelle Index national survey is $1.7 million. The businesses employed 21 workers on average. These firms are high performers and they have a unique quality in common- they plan...

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Why the Gazelle Index?

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The Gazelle Index is a new national quarterly survey of the outlook, current conditions, optimism and future hiring plans of minority, women and non-minority small firms. It published because here is no up-to-date...

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Small Business Hiring in 2012

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The Gazelle Index Survey indicated that 26.6% of small businesses iwould hire during the first three months of 2012 while only14.4% of small businesses indicated they would reduce hiring. The survey results are...

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For Obama, the Good News Rolls On

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The economy and President Obama's positive approval ratings are improving. Auto sales and retail sales are up, new claims for unemployment compensation are down and Congress appears likely to pass the payroll tax cut...

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Understanding Economic Indicators: A November Update

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To understand how the economy is doing, most people look to the unemployment rate. However, other indicators may be even more important. It all depends upon where the economy is in the business cycle. ...

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To Increase Home Loans, the Fed should Raise Interest Rates

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Higher interest rates make it easier for people to get home loans because lenders receive a greater reward for taking risks on home mortgages. Since the economy is growing, the Fed should stop its low rate policy....

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Bulls Eye: Obama’s Agenda for Small Businesses

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This week President Obama forwarded to Congress a comprehensive legislative Agenda for Small Businesses. The Agenda hit the bulls eye on the views and opinions of small business owners....

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Women Business Owners: Outlook for 2012

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The 2012 Outlook for women-owned businesses is positive; 26.1% will increase hiring in the first quarter of 2012 while only 13.3% will decrease hiring. Women business hiring will be strongest in the South and Midwest...

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