Any Fiscal Cliff Plan Must Support Main Street Businesses

Earlier this summer, as the chorus warning about the impending fiscal cliff grew louder and louder, AEO sent out a news brief concerning the looming government-wide spending cuts, describing them as “a ticking time bomb of sorts…for small businesses, this is no false alarm.”  That statement went out in June. We are no closer to a solution averting the fiscal cliff, and with Congress on the campaign trail until after the elections, the clock keeps ticking closer to January 2013.  The window for a timely solution is getting smaller …

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AEO Co-sponsors Microbusiness Forum in Tennessee

AEO recently co-sponsored a statewide forum in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the state of the microbusiness industry there. The forum, titled, “Collectively Advancing Microbusiness in Tennessee,” was also co-sponsored by The Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Atlanta and the Office of Comptroller of the Currency.

Connie Evans, AEO president and CEO, presented "Approaches to Statewide Microbusiness Work," which was framed by the benefits of creating SMAs as a tool for advancing microbusiness by  increasing the capacity and number of Microbusiness Development Organizations (MDOs and increasing the …

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