Although I totally appreciate the need to be concerned about lead and appreciate the CPSIA regulations, I believe that these regs came about because of off-shore products. As US manufacturers we already have a laundry list of regulations to insure safety...from clean air to material handling. The CPSIA requirement for additional testing is yet another layer of expense, time and paper trails. As a US manufacturer... more »
Recognize low priced imports are undermining the manufacturing opportunities in the US. Unemployment will continue as today's consumers choose to buy off-shore low priced products. This has not only effected the manufacturing segment of business but the service segment as well. Outsourcing and warehousing has become the norm for the US.
Promote entrepreneurial America: Announce that the SBA, at the President's directive, will help States & local schools, colleges, and universities create Entrepreneur Competitions each year to present business proposals. Local business people, venture capitalists, and investors will be the judges. Winners will be announced in different categories, will also compete at the State and National level.
Work with NYC and Mayor Bloomberg to help other cities, states, and the federal government replicate the NYC Business Express http://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/businessexpress to make it easier and faster for people to start businesses by helping them cut through red tape.
This forum is great. Why is it not promoted more? People need to participate to make our government work better for us. We are our government.
To get us more ideas please include this StartUp America on the SBA of http://www.performance.gov
Get some adequate technology so we don't have to telecompute.
Please fix the patent system. Eliminate trivial patents. I am a Co-Founder of a tiny (3 people) startup company creating Android apps. We recently got a patent infringement notice from Lodsys for the following features in our Android app: * A link from our free "Lite" version to our paid "Full" version * The use of "seconds" as a unit of time Clearly such a patent is an obstacle to innovation in the US. It... more »
Suggest USCIS and government jointly create a new category or a change in law that will enable approvals for permanent residence and end the long wait with hope to bring ideas into reality.This will remove restrictions and favor progress in such business entities that will benefit national economy.
I suggest you... with our economy needing to create 250,000 to 300,000 jobs each month to sustain a healthy economic recovery, move with all deliberate speed before we enter into another downturn. The President and Congress can act now to create needed jobs by changing the laws governing Social Security to allow 9,600 baby boomers who will be retiring each day over the next 18 years to take partial distributions of $20,000.00... more »
Support U.S. small business growth overseas. Virtually all foreign countries support their own small businesses when operating overseas. U.S. agencies like DoD, USAID, State Department and USTDA clearly favor doing business with large U.S. companies, but small contracts, ideal for U.S. small businesses are instead given to foreign companies despite lower bids and good solutions. The same rules that apply to small businesses... more »
Direct every Federal agency to reduce the number of words in their regulations by 20% per year. They can start by eliminating all of the provisions that were superseded by subsequent ones. Then they can rewrite the regs in "English", not "Legalish". In a few years it will be possible to actually review the content of what's left and figure out what doesn't make sense, and eliminate that. The SBA can go first to... more »
I was considering starting up a low cost cng conversion business to convert gas guzzling vehicles to cleaner burning cng but the EPA says they must be certified by them which then doubles the price of converting these vehicles and makes it impractical and too expensive for the average person. I suggest that the EPA do a one time certification on the kit itself and that would give the business and the consumer an incentive... more »
I suggest that The President and Congress start a Buy American campaign. It will create jobs and have a positive patriotic impact. Companies that manufacture, sell and buy American Made products should be given financial incentive to do so. The resulting increase in employment will more than offset any cost. I use the Souvenir and Gift Market as an example. That market is huge. The majority of products are produced off... more »
The mountains of forms, SBA in particuliar
Allow us to get money for startups. The regulations are too intense. You do the statistics. Give us our money.