Big hurdles for small businesses

  • Article by: ADAM BELZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 4:45 PM

Continued weakness in funding has collided with rising health care and other costs that challenge small firms.

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bootsy07Jan. 26, 1311:10 PM

The "Affordable" Care act will ensure that a lot of small companies stay below the 50 employee threshold. They will be forced to meet additional manpower needs with temp and contract labor. What a crummy way to re-ignite the economy.

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lostwolf95Jan. 27, 13 3:40 AM

I'm not really that concerned with firms with 50 workers or more. They normally are making enough money not to be to threatened by changes in governmental changes. Small businesses on the other hand, drive our economy and often offer better job opportunities than larger companies. It would be great if republicans could offer something to these businesses that really allow them to grow. But I'm really sick of the old and worn out "read my lips" mantra. How about some new, creative ideas to help small businesses get around some of these "big hurdles"?

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subhumanJan. 27, 13 7:40 AM

It is like OBamacare was made to stall the economy and rely on the gov't. Somewhere our founding fathers have left and gone to a new place to establish to make a better life. This country will be at the mercy of the EU and China for a long time. As everyone is focused on their little electronic gadgets, this is what the paranoid would call mind control, and not paying attention to reality, the world around us continues to crumble...Wow.

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cks1950Jan. 27, 13 8:03 AM

Virtually every one of the problems mentioned were brought about by liberals. At the very least we're going to have four more tears of this or worse. Will we ever learn there is no free lunch?

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greg62Jan. 27, 13 8:44 AM

"Virtually every one of the problems mentioned were brought about by liberals"______ Liberals always make a problem worse when they try to "fix" it.

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woodstoveJan. 27, 13 8:44 AM

Govt. Vs. Its own people...

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drfranktJan. 27, 13 9:18 AM

Thanks go out to all the liberal voters that have always loved to take OPM (Other People's Money) to fund their dream of how life should be. One problem with their thought process...pretty soon, OPM becomes has to be turned into APM (All People's Money) because there is not enough OPM to fund their decisions of utopia. When will the voters ever learn?

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pitythefoolsJan. 27, 13 9:39 AM

The article is about lack of funding. How have liberals caused banks to stop lending and venture capitalists to stop investing in anything but medical devices (you know, those companies that are all going out of business because of the ACA tax? Stupid, stupid investors.) MN already has the 25% Angel Tax Credit, a Republican freebie to Angel investors, that hasn't increased Angel investment. What should government stop doing in order for investors to start investing and banks to start lending? Cut taxes I suppose, given that the Angel credit has worked so well? Er, not.

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kwirkyJan. 27, 1310:07 AM

conservatives and liberals - all need to lower the greed level.

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gemie1Jan. 27, 1311:22 AM

Small businesses are the back bone of our economy and nation. If we can bail out and help the banks and Fannie May and Fannie Mac, we can help the small business person that wants to expand and hire more employees. If small companies are going out of business or being bought by larger companies, what will we have left? I also think it is very important to bring manufacturing jobs back to our shores. I am tired of the garbage and below our safety standards, merchandise being made in China and sold in our stores.

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