Occupy Wall Street
In your view, is the popular protest movement against the financial industry good or bad for your business? The U.S. overall? Your fellow business owners straddle both sides of the debate.
Op-Ed: While many small-business owners share some populist anger at Wall Street banks, they should look closely at the protestors' positions before aligning themselves with the movement.
Small business owners have long panned practices like bailing out giant companies and paying inordinate sums to Wall Street bankers. But now, they're doing something about it.
While some block sidewalks on Wall Street and elsewhere, other unemployed citizens are going in a more productive direction: They're starting businesses.
Area businesses call protestors camping in a lower Manhattan park a menace. Lost sales are only the half of it.
Entrepreneurs may want to consider whether these gatherings are business signals about present or future customers, employees and economic policies.