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Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index Reports Record Low Short-term Interest Rates Can Benefit Colorado’s Small Businesses

Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index Reports Record Low Short-term Interest Rates Can Benefit Colorado’s Small Businesses











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Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 09, 2011

The Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index for Colorado measured 114.2 in November 2011, down from a revised 114.6 in October 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS

    Colorado’s unemployment rate was estimated at 8.1% in the latest month, down from the prior month’s 8.3% rate. Total employment grew by 32,000 jobs during the past 12 months.

    Colorado small businesses that are net borrowers of funds can take advantage of historically low short-term interest rates likely to remain in place throughout 2012 and much of 2013.

    The U.S. economy saw a net rise of 120,000 jobs during November, largely matching expectations. Estimated job gains of the two prior months were revised higher by 72,000 jobs. The U.S. unemployment rate declined from 9.0% in October to 8.6% in November, with a drop in the estimated labor force accounting for much of the decline.

RECORD LOW FINANCING COSTS

Of all the issues that owners or managers of Colorado’s small businesses can complain about, the cost of short-term financing is not one of them. While obtaining credit in many cases is more difficult than a few years ago, and financial issues in Europe and U.S. political uncertainty have raised anxiety levels throughout the world, one constant is likely to remain in place throughout 2012 and perhaps well into 2013: the federal funds rate

The Federal Reserve’s most important interest rate—the federal funds rate—has been at an all-time low target range of 0.00%-0.25% since December 2008, a period of three years. Moreover, the Fed’s Open Market Committee has noted frequently its intent to keep that rate at the current level “until at least mid-2013.” Such a statement is almost unprecedented in the Fed’s history, as the institution has always preferred to keep financial market players guessing as to its next policy move.

The Federal Reserve has also enacted monetary policy initiatives in recent years that are also unprecedented, with the intent of helping stabilize the domestic and global economies. Such policy moves as two bouts of “quantitative easing,” Operation Twist, and the latest move to enhance dollar availability for European banks come to mind. In addition, the lowest level of long-term interest rates in 60 years can be of value to those businesses with access to longer-term fixed-rate financing.

The level of short-term financing costs is a component of the Small Business Index for Colorado.

The Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index for Colorado measured 114.2 in November 2011, down from a revised 114.6 in October 2011. The Index measures business conditions from the viewpoint of the Colorado small business owner or manager.

A lower Index number is associated with less favorable business conditions for Colorado’s small businesses. The Index uses 100.0 for calendar year 1997 as its base year. The Index also includes revisions to various historical and new forecast components as they become available.

IN COLORADO

The Colorado unemployment rate—the most heavily weighted component of the Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index for Colorado—was estimated at 8.1% in the most recent month, down from the 8.3% rate of the prior month. The 8.1% rate compares to the 8.9% rate 12 months ago. A lower Colorado jobless rate is a negative contributor to the Index as it suggests decreased access to labor for small businesses. Other associated factors typically tied to a lower unemployment rate, such as greater job creation, greater income gains and higher retail sales, pull the Index higher.

The state’s unemployment rate averaged 8.9% during 2010, 8.3% during 2009, 4.8% in 2008, 3.7% in 2007 and 4.3% in 2006. Colorado’s jobless rate averaged 4.6% between 1990 and 2005.

The last 12 months saw an estimated increase in Colorado employment of 32,000 jobs. This increase compares to a revised gain of 20,900 jobs in the prior year-over-year period. Colorado lost 25,500 jobs in 2010, lost 104,700 jobs in 2009, added 19,000 jobs in 2008, added 52,200 jobs in 2007 and added 53,100 jobs in 2006.

These job totals compare to gains averaging 46,500 net new jobs annually between 1990 and 2005. More recently, job gains leading to greater income creation and stronger retail spending have a positive impact upon Colorado’s small businesses and the Index.

NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT

The U.S. Department of Labor reported a net gain of 120,000 jobs in November 2011, largely matching the 125,000 gain expected. In addition, estimated job gains of the two prior months were revised higher by 72,000 jobs.

The U.S. unemployment rate declined sharply to 8.6% in November, versus the 9.0% rate of October and the 9.1% rate of the three prior months. Much of the rate decline was tied to 315,000 people leaving

the estimated labor force…and no longer being counted as unemployed. The remainder of the decline was tied to a stronger job gain estimate in the household survey than in the “official” establishment survey. The current 8.6% jobless rate compares to the 9.8% rate of one year ago, the 9.9% rate of November 2009, and the 6.8% rate during November 2008.

Goods producing employment fell by 6,000 jobs in November, with a loss in construction (down 12,000 jobs) offsetting small gains in manufacturing (up 2,000 jobs) and mining and logging (up 4,000 jobs). Private-sector service providing employment rose by 146,000 jobs in November, led by gains in retail trade (up 50,000 jobs), professional & business services (up 33,000 jobs) and education & health services (up 27,000 jobs). Overall government employment fell by another 20,000 jobs during the month.

The U.S. economy suffered a net decline of 3.6 million jobs during 2008, the worst year since 1945. The net loss of 5.1 million jobs during 2009 easily surpassed the 2008 total. The American economy added 940,000 net new jobs during 2010, or 78,000 per month. Gains-to-date during 2011 have totaled 1,448,000 jobs, or 132,000 per month.

Roughly 130,000 net new jobs need to be added monthly just to meet the needs of a rising population, and just to keep the unemployment rate stable. Consistently stronger gains are necessary to lead the unemployment rate lower.

The December 2011 Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index for Colorado will be released on January 12, 2012.

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Sydney Business Awards Finalists Come Out In Support Of Same-Sex Couples

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Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) December 03, 2011

Having spent a decade with Westpac Business Advice, BT and Credit Suisse Private Banking, Sydney financial planner Dr Greg Nazvanov CFP® started INKOM Wealth Management, a fee for service financial advice firm that specialises in financial planning for same-sex couples and the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] consumer segment. “In America the LGBT market is $ 700 billion. US research found 92% of GLBT consumers are likely to try a brand known to provide equality at workplace including gays and lesbians and 64% are more likely to buy a product or service that is marketed directly to GLBT population. For many years we’ve felt that the Australian LGBT consumer is a huge developing market, but banks refused to acknowledge this or focus on it,” says Dr Nazvanov.

Financial advisors now have the opportunity to really differentiate themselves from the market by understanding the financial needs of same-sex couples regarding family, superannuation and legacy issues that are unique to LGBT community. Research found 30 per cent of LGBT businesses seek adopt secrecy and 80 per cent lacked specialist advice, especially when it involves business financial planning, funding, or dealing with SMSF superannuation and estate matters.

Same-sex families growing in numbers

The number of gay families is rapidly growing. In 2001, the census reported there being 19,594 same-sex couples. In 2006, this number had shot up to 27,000 and about 30,000 in 2009. Since 2011 same-sex couples will be counted in the CENSUS coding. “ABS will make available a count of opposite-sex and same-sex couples who marked their relationship as ‘husband or wife’ or ‘de facto,” said David Nauenberg, Census Director. Stephen Page who runs the Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog thinks it’s weird that the ABS will give numbers of same-sex married couples while the government doesn’t recognise them.

Same-sex couples are also known to be very affluent, largely due to the fact that the majority of couples do not have children, have university degrees and earn higher salaries. Because less than 20% of GLBT households have children, GLBT consumers have more discretionary income to spend than a typical Aussie family – giving them more per capita buying power, while they demand premium services.

It is no wonder that banks and financial organisations now want to target the gay and lesbian market.

Tolerance resulting in change for the better

In 2008, the Same-Sex Reforms were announced, seeing the amendment of 84 Australian Commonwealth laws. Most of these amendments came into effect on 1st July 2009.

The main changes that effected financial planning services for same-sex gay and lesbian couples included the following:


    If a partner were to die in a same sex couple, the surviving member, along with any children, would be recognised as dependants of superannuation death benefits.
    The same tax concessions offered to married couples were made available to same-sex couples.
    Child Support Act changes – same-sex couples with children became recognised as parents. This meant that if they were to separate, they would be eligible for child support.
    Same-sex couples, along with any children, became recognised for Centrelink and family assistance purposes.
    Members of same-sex relationships became recognised for pensions, including pensions made available to war widow’s.

Following the changes, same-sex relationships were then treated more equally to heterosexual relationships according to Australian law.

In August 2009 the government was asked by the Australian Greens to pass legislation for same-sex marriages but after a review by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, this was rejected.

Then in February 2010, it was announced that the government would introduce legislation for a Relationships Register to be introduced. This would mean that same-sex couples would be able to enter into a “registered relationship”, which would prove the existence of their relationship and thus enable same-sex couples to be eligible to the same full rights as offered to heterosexual couples under state and federal law. This essentially became the equivalent of a registered partnership or a civil union, as recognised in other parts of the world.

INKOM welcomes new same-sex couples

Same-sex couples looking to obtain financial planning advice can speak to INKOM Wealth Management and arrange a free initial consultation.

Gay and lesbian couples can also download a free eBook called the Same Sex Marriage Financial Power Guide which was written specifically for same-sex couples to help them understand the financial planning issues that affect them.

INKOM Wealth Management is a fee for service financial planning firm in Sydney that provides clients with advice on how to retire early, invest and reduce debt, how to grow and protect wealth, and leave legacy.

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I want to get government grant funding to open a business. What is the best way to go about it?

Question by ParvardigarBaba: I want to get government grant funding to open a business. What is the best way to go about it?
I want to get government grant funding to open a business. What is the best way to go about it? I have seen a lot of sites for people to write these grants but am unsure how to proceed. Is there anyone out here who can help me? Is it possible to get government funding for a business? Any help would be great!

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not really, it is very hard to get a grant. there are many many people wanting the same grants and some companies hire special people to get those grants. don’t even waste your time. I know they sound appealing, but most are bull. check with your local SBA office and they can help with a loan and paper work.

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Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Receives Responsibility to Administer 2 Million Euros from Dutch Government

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Receives Responsibility to Administer 2 Million Euros from Dutch Government











Gaborone, Botswana (PRWEB) November 21, 2011

Ruaraidh Petre, chair of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), announced today that partners of the GRSB will receive several million euros over the next four years to provide training and technology to improve the efficiency and productivity of smallholder and frontier farmers. Ultimately, the goal is to give beef producer’s better access to markets, and therefore better income levels. This will benefit the cattle, the farmers, the environment, their communities and the international buyers and consumers. This is consistent with the GRSB mission to advance continuous improvement in sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

The funding, which will also contribute to GRSBs own structure, will come through Solidaridad as part of a larger financing arrangement with the Dutch government and will be more than doubled by matching contributions from the relevant industrial sectors involved, with GRSB affiliates in beef-producing nations across the globe.

“In this program, our affiliate multi-stakeholder initiatives will work directly with small shareholders to address key local issues in manners that are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible,” said Petre. “This will benefit the producers themselves and all members of the global beef value chain as we work collaboratively to feed the needs of the growing global population in a more sustainable manner.”

“As a participating member of the GRSB, the Grupo de Trabalho da Pecuaria Sustentavel is looking forward to leveraging these funds from the GRSB to develop tools and mechanisms for the monitoring, traceability, production, purchase and financing criteria, and economic incentives for the promotion of sustainability in cattle ranching in Brazil,” said Daniela Mariuzzo, vice president of GTPS in Brazil. “This will enable us to carry out continuous improvements that are valuable for everyone in Brazil and the people across the globe who rely on us to produce sustainable beef.”

“The GRSB is a relatively young and vibrant organization whose members recognize and respect the critical role that beef cattle serve by converting plant materials into safe, wholesome and affordable food for the growing global population,” said Roger Cady, Ph.D., GRSB treasurer. “We also recognize that we cannot do this alone, so we have committed to working with strong organizations that are driven to accomplish important work throughout the value chain.

“This latest announcement by the Dutch government is a vote of confidence for our organization and demonstrates how a roundtable can harness resources for the greater good of all,” continued Cady. “We look forward to delivering science-based, measurable outcomes that are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.”

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is a global multi-stakeholder roundtable initiative aimed at creating continuous improvement in the beef supply chain, by supporting activities that deliver science-based measureable outcomes focused on the issues that are a high priority to stakeholders. Current members include: Australian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Cargill, Elanco, Grupo de Trabalho da Pecuaria Sustentavel (GTPS), JBS, McDonald’s, Merck Animal Health, Rainforest Alliance, Solidaridad, The Nature Conservancy, Walmart and World Wildlife Fund.

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