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Asian surge through the eyes of Macau

Monday, December 02, 2013

 I’ve just spent this last week at a global small business conference in Macau.  Attendance was largely from the Asian region with a smattering of others from across the globe. Although the conference was about small business issues, discussion took place within the context of understanding the broader economic environment. There was a range of impressive presentations, mostly from Asia-based speakers to a packed auditorium. More...

GEEIndex launched in Asia

Sunday, December 01, 2013

During October I undertook the first phase launch of ICA’s Global Entrepreneurs Enabler Index in Washington DC. This week the second phase of the launch was conducted at the International Small Business Pan Asia Congress 2013 held in Macau.

I can report that the GEEIndex was received with significant interest! I’m hoping ICA can make a contribution to Asia’s avoiding many of the bad small business policies that have been so common through Western countries over the last few decades. More...

ObamaCare is in real trouble

Sunday, November 24, 2013

President Obama has apologized for the debacle of OmabaCare. In October I made a YouTube commentary  observing that Obamacare had all the indicators of incompetent implementation we had witnessed in Australia under many Labor government programmes. Obama’s $600m website is an administrative disaster. Five million Americans have had their health insurance cancelled. This is proving to be a blow for self-employed entrepreneurs in a big way. More...

Anti-independent contractor laws. Massachusetts scandal

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

 ICA’s Ken Phillips met with the Massachusetts House Small Business Caucus in October 2013 in Boston.  The members are concerned that Massachusetts' anti-independent contractor laws  suppress jobs growth in Massachusetts. More...

ICA's GEEIndex launched in Washington DC

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ICA's Global Entrepreneurs Enabler Index (GEEIndex) was officially launched this week by Executive Director Ken Phillips at the annual conference of the International Council for Small Business in Washington, DC.

A long time in the making, the Index pulls together into a ‘package’ the major issues on which we have been pushing for more than a decade concerning the rights of self-employed people. More...

Japan. Global economic risk.

Monday, July 08, 2013

It’s Japan that should make everyone worry.

On this analysis Japan is facing an inevitable economic meltdown. Japan’s economy is one big Ponzi scheme. More...

Tax headaches

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Huffington Post reports that the US IRS can’t conceive of people being ‘businesses of one’ and it’s holding up needed tax reform.

It’s all part of the surprising US attack against independent contractors. We’ve discussed the trend hereMore...

The End of Britain?

Friday, March 08, 2013

The UK economy will collapse under a mountain of debt larger than that of Greece, Ireland, Spain and Italy. The collapse can’t be stopped. Watch the short video.  More...

Self-employed love life!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Things are looking up! The Daily Telegraph reports the largest surge in self-employment since 1989. A trend they say that could save the UK economy.  And the Wall St Journal says you can still be a self-employed entrepreneur and have a love life!!! Wow! That’s a relief!  More...

EU says small business is key to jobs

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The EU Commission has launched a major Entrepreneurship Action Plan. The EU has recognized that, without small business, jobs recovery in the EU will not occur. It has said:  “To return to growth and higher levels of employment, Europe needs more entrepreneurs. With 4 million new jobs created every year, new companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), create the most new jobs in Europe”. More...

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