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St. Louis Post Dispatch: Vintage Vinyl owner meets with the president

By Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nov 27, 2012

Vintage Vinyl co-owner Lew Prince had one of the biggest meetings of his life today, one with President Barack Obama.

The President met with twelve small business owners including Prince today to discuss the impact of tax policies. The meeting took place at the White House.

McClatchy Newspapers: At edge of fiscal cliff, everyone fights to protect his bit of budget

By Maria Recio and David Lightman
McClatchy Newspapers, Nov 23, 2012
Sacramento Bee, Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Hispanic Business, Idaho Statesman, Raleigh News & Observer, many other papers

WASHINGTON — As Washington debates how to trim runaway federal budget deficits without going over a “fiscal cliff” of immediate tax increases and automatic spending cuts, special interest groups are mounting aggressive campaigns to make sure that they’re not the ones who have to pay the price.

The Street: 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business

By Laurie Kulikowski
The Street, Nov 21, 2012

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- What's happening in small business today?

1. Small business advocacy group urges the end of Bush tax cuts. The American Business Sustainable Council and Business for Shared Prosperity are urging lawmakers to end the Bush-era tax cuts as part of any solution to the fiscal cliff.

Huffington Post: Fiscal Cliff Letter: Small Business Owners Urge End Of Bush Tax Cuts

By Zach Carter
Huffington Post, Nov 20, 2012 

WASHINGTON -- More than 600 small business owners and executives wrote a letter to every member of Congress urging them to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy under any deal brokered to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff."

All Voices: How your small business can avoid its own ‘fiscal cliff’

By John J. Egan
AllVoices.com, Nov 20, 2012

The nation’s capital is buzzing about the looming “fiscal cliff.” If President Obama and Congress can’t agree on a budget deal by Jan. 1, billions of dollars in federal tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in. Advocates warn that falling off the “fiscal cliff” will result in bigger tax bills for small businesses, as well as considerable cutbacks in hiring and spending.

Westerly Sun: Business leaders call for end to Bush tax cuts

Westerly Sun (RI), Nov 18, 2012

On Thursday, business leaders across the country called on Congress to end the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent and to reinvest in America. More than 600 small business owners and other business leaders signed the letter sent by the American Sustainable Business Council and Business for Shared Prosperity to Congress. Following are quotes from business owners included in a statement about the letter from the two organizations: ...

Mother Jones: Business Leaders to Washington: Tax The Rich!

Not to be outdone by the pack of millionaires who swept through the nation's capital this week demanding higher taxes on the rich, two groups of business leaders are asking lawmakers for the same ...

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Frank Knapp, Stop the spin on small business

By Frank Knapp Jr.
Op-Ed Distributed by American Forum
Placements include Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Nov 10, 2012 

As someone who advocates for thousands of small businesses, I know they want fact, not spin. Unfortunately, too often we hear inaccuracies and misinformation about how government policies affect small businesses. Ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans is one policy where small business has been caught up in a whirlwind of spin.

Shreveport Times: Camille Moran, Can't afford tax cuts for rich

Op-Ed By Camille Moran, President and CEO of Caramor Industries and Four Seasons Christmas Tree Farm in Natchitoches, LA

Shreveport Times, Nov 7, 2012, Distributed by American Forum

As the owner of two central Louisiana businesses, a freelance paralegal service and a Christmas tree farm, I am no stranger to the debate on taxes. I also know that investment is essential to my businesses' success. Much of that investment comes from me, but some of it comes when the government invests our tax dollars in ways that benefit my community and my business. 

Huffington Post: Corporation Threatens To Cut Worker Hours Over Obamacare

Terry McTaggart, Forward Corporation President, Threatens To Cut Worker Hours Over Obamacare
By Zach Carter
Huffington Post, Oct 28, 2012

Raleigh News & Observer: Jason Massey, Creating jobs with greater efficiency

Op-Ed by Jason Massey
CEO of Sustainable Industrial Solutions, located in Durham.
Raleigh News & Observer, Oct 26, 2012 

As a businessman, I believe deeply in the power of free markets. Yet I also know that government investment plays a vital role in seeding those markets for success.

Investor Place: Costco Is More Than Low Prices

Its success stems from its focus on its customers -- and workers

By Will Ashworth
Investor Place, October 11, 2012

Discount retailer Costco announced its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Oct. 10, the third quarterly report since the retirement of long-time CEO and co-founder Jim Sinegal. As is most often the case, Costco’s results were better than expected.

CNN Money: Big firms that avoid taxes are moochers, small companies say

By Jose Pagliery
CNN Money, Oct 3, 2012 

When big companies offshore profits to dodge taxes, small business owners say they are left footing the bill -- and they're not happy about it.

A U.S. Senate panel recently reviewed how Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard shaved billions off their taxes in recent years by moving profits offshore. 

Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) avoided paying nearly $7 billion by transferring almost half of its U.S. revenue to a subsidiary in Puerto Rico and moving patents to foreign subsidiaries. ...

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Josh Knauer, I'm a small businessman and I'm glad to pay taxes

Op-Ed by Josh Knauer
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, September 16, 2012

As a software entrepreneur, I find it ironic to see people going online to rail against taxes and government spending. The Internet grew from government research financed by earlier generations of taxpayers. So did computers, GPS technology and many other technologies we take for granted today.

The Global Positioning System we access from our phones, computers and cars was developed and is still operated by the Department of Defense, which does not charge user fees.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Small Biz Gets Plenty of Love, but Where's the Action?

By Peter S. Green
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, September 13, 2012

In election years, Democrats and Republicans talk about small businesses as the epitome of America’s can-do spirit and the foundation of the nation’s economy. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have seen no reason to deviate from the script. But while they profess to have entrepreneurs’ best interests at heart, flattery is no sure route to winning their votes. One reason is that small business owners are not a monolithic interest group. …

Raleigh News & Observer: Eric Henry, We don't cotton to tax cuts for the rich

By Eric Henry
Raleigh News & Observer, Aug. 9, 2012; Charlotte Observer, Aug. 21. Distributed by the American Forum.

American Forum: Scott Klinger, It's Time to End the Apple and GE Offshore Tax Loopholes

By Scott Klinger 
Distributed by the American Forum, Aug. 7, 2012. Jackson Clarion Ledger (Miss.), Eastern Group Publications, Madison Capital Times, Caribbean Life News, New Jersey Today, many more.  

The Hill: Jim Houser, End the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent

By Jim Houser, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Portland, and Co-chair of the Main Street Alliance of Oregon
The Hill, July 25, 2012

The Senate will vote today on a proposal that will extend Bush-era tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans, but end the extra breaks that are due to expire at the end of the year for the richest 2 percent only (on their take-home income beyond the first $250,000). As a small business owner – my wife and I own and operate an auto repair shop with a dozen employees – I’m all for it. Especially the part about ending extra breaks for the top 2 percent.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service: Holly Sklar, Raise minimum wage to raise America

Op-Ed By Holly Sklar
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service, July 20, 2012

Time flies when you're moving backward. With the federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009, workers now have less buying power than they did in 1997 at the start of the longest period in history without a raise.

Huffington Post: TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

By Jason Linkins
LiveBlog, Huffington Post, May 6, 2012

Excerpt: [On Fox News Sunday, Marco] Rubio also complains that jobs aren't being created because of "uncertainty with the tax code," which doesn't happen to be what small business owners tell reporters: