The Skills Gap Is Hurting Small Businesses; Here’s What They Want to Do About It

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As our economy recovers from the recession, the employment outlook is shifting. New fields, like technology, are seeing rapid growth, while struggling old guards, such as manufacturing, are experiencing unexpected revivals. This changing economic landscape is catching many people off-guard, as they’re finding they aren’t prepared for in-demand careers. The result is that our economy is suffering from a skills gap, and small businesses are struggling to find employees whose skills match their needs.

Employment numbers reflect the urgency of this gap. In August, Department of Labor data showed about 9.6 million people were out of work, while about 4.8 millions jobs went unfilled. This issue impacts both workers, who remain unemployed, and businesses, which are unable to find the type of workers they need to grow. Continue reading

Small Business Owners Think Big Business Gets More Bang for its Political Buck

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New poll shows small businesses believe our current campaign finance system puts large corporations at a competitive advantage; entrepreneurs support significant reforms to level the playing field between small employers and big business.

Small business owners have a lot on their plates. From keeping customers happy to making payroll each week, they have more than enough concerns to keep them busy. Unfortunately, as our electoral system increasingly falls under the influence of big money, small business owners have yet another issue to worry about — their growing disenfranchisement from the electoral process. Continue reading