SOTU overlooks true state of Main Street

According to Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, the American economy is back. But saying it doesn’t make it so. While it’s true that the top-line unemployment rate is at a historical low, so is our labor force participation rate. The reality is that Main Street is still struggling. Despite… Read More

Obama’s War on Franchises

The NLRB is advancing a decision that could spell the end of one of the most successful business models of all time. By Mark W. Davis Little noticed by most of the press and public, the Obama administration is poised to undertake another breathtakingly bold… Read More

Businesses drown in alphabet soup

The decreasing unemployment rate and climbing gross domestic product have some overly optimistic politicians and pundits crowing that the Great Recession is behind us. However, their declaration of victory rings hollow for many in the middle class who have yet to see or feel tangible benefits of the supposed economic… Read More

Try not to add to minority economic struggles

Income mobility is shaping up to be the major focus among presidential hopefuls in both political parties this primary season. That is welcome news, especially for minorities, many of whom have been bypassed by the economic recovery and underrepresented in many business sectors, especially in senior and management positions. There… Read More

Franchise system under threat

The president concentrated on “middle-class economics” in his State of the Union address last week. That’s ironic given how his National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is threatening one of the country’s main paths to the middle class – the franchise system. As the owner of Camp Bow Wow, I understand… Read More

Minority Franchising

The blur of taxes, regulations and mandates out of Washington has created a significant roadblock to job creation, but a recent action by an obscure government agency will hurt almost 200,000 minority businesses. And those business owners are sounding the alarm. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would rather not… Read More