Economic Conditions

News and Articles About Economic Conditions

The Scary Thing About the Massive Surge in GDP
Productivity

The Scary Thing About the Massive Surge in GDP

Economic activity in the third quarter rose by a stunning 3.6 percent, but it's hardly the great news it seems -- particularly for business owners.
Ray Hennessey
When the Going Gets Tough for Local Economies, Utilize Existing Resources
Growth Strategies

When the Going Gets Tough for Local Economies, Utilize Existing Resources

With state budgets being cut, former SBA chief Karen Mills discusses how local economic growth does not necessarily need radical innovation to prosper. Rather governors can harness resources of existing institutions and people to attract capital and create jobs.
Karen Mills
Fewer Americans Thankful for U.S. Economic Situation Than in the '80s. But They All Love Their Leftovers.
Growth Strategies

Fewer Americans Thankful for U.S. Economic Situation Than in the '80s. But They All Love Their Leftovers.

The percentage of adults thankful for the economic situation in the U.S. is lower than in 2010 and about a fifth of what it was in the mid-1980s, according to a new poll.
Catherine Clifford
Global Startup Trend for 2014: Consider Brazil
Starting a Business

Global Startup Trend for 2014: Consider Brazil

With global events, a rising middle class and major investment opportunities, all eyes are on Brazil.
The Freelance Economy Is Booming. But Is It Good Business?
Growth Strategies

The Freelance Economy Is Booming. But Is It Good Business?

Elance and other online platforms have made possible a global marketplace for so-called fractional work. But with full-time employment opportunities shrinking, is freelancing the way forward?
Brian Patrick Eha
Report: U.S. Adults Lag Behind International Peers in Literacy, Math and Tech Skills
Technology

Report: U.S. Adults Lag Behind International Peers in Literacy, Math and Tech Skills

A new survey by the OECD shows that Americans across generations performed below average on math, reading and problem solving.
Laura Entis
Time to Hire? Where Small Businesses Are Adding Jobs (Infographic)
Growth Strategies

Time to Hire? Where Small Businesses Are Adding Jobs (Infographic)

Small businesses added 71,000 jobs last month. Here's a deeper look at where those jobs are.
Kathleen Davis
Where Job Growth Is Strongest (Infographic)
Growth Strategies

Where Job Growth Is Strongest (Infographic)

The ADP Employment Report shows companies added 176,000 new jobs last month, below the average of the past three months.
Kathleen Davis
Investors Across the Globe Warm Up to U.S. Businesses, Cool to Emerging Markets
Finance

Investors Across the Globe Warm Up to U.S. Businesses, Cool to Emerging Markets

The investing community slows its headlong dash into some of the riskier entrepreneurship countries, according to a new report.
Catherine Clifford
Skateboarding World Champion Pierre Andre on Building the Etnies Empire
Growth Strategies

Skateboarding World Champion Pierre Andre on Building the Etnies Empire

The mind behind game-changing skating shoe designs shares the yearlong journey that took him from living on the streets of Venice Beach to the premiere stages of freestyle.
Bryan Elliott
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Small-Business Confidence Levels Rise, But Not Fast Enough
Growth Strategies

Small-Business Confidence Levels Rise, But Not Fast Enough

Small-business owners are marginally more confident than they have been, but their optimism remains below historic norms, a new report finds.
Ray Hennessey
Finance

Consumer Spending Flat for Last Three Months: Poll

Despite other economic data to the contrary, U.S. consumer spending may not be as healthy as some believe.
Ray Hennessey
Growth Strategies

Startups Creating Fewer Jobs -- Not a Problem

The decline in new jobs created by small businesses could be a good thing. Here's why.
Scott Shane
The Case for Shopping Local (Infographic)
Marketing

The Case for Shopping Local (Infographic)

How redirecting even 10 percent of consumer spending from chains to local small businesses can boost local economies and create jobs.
Kathleen Davis