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Mark Hodesh

Mark Hodesh
Downtown Home and Garden
Ann Arbor, MI

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Our Research: Entrepreneurship and Capital

Small business owners are suffering from weak sales and decreased customer demand, and on top of that, a lack of access to capital. It is difficult for small business owners to access the capital that will help them grow, hire and jumpstart the economy. Our new opinion polling shows an overwhelming 90% of small business owners nationwide agree the availability of capital for small businesses is a problem.

Small Businesses Support Strong Accountability for Financial Industry
Contrary to the mantra that slackening Wall Street’s reins will bring economic growth, four out of five small business owners believe Wall Street should be held accountable for the practices that caused the financial crisis, through tougher rules and enforcement.

Opinion Poll: The Role of Micro Businesses in Our Economy
Polling shows the country’s smallest businesses, those with 10 employers or fewer, have a significant impact on our economy, with over half reporting increased sales or revenues over the last two years and another 50 percent planning to hire within the next two. What's more, they're optimistic about the future of their business and the economy, despite recent reports claiming otherwise.

Small business credit still a problem: Expanding credit union member lending authority a much-needed first step
This paper reviews challenges smaller enterprises face in obtaining credit, and outlines potential benefits that one proposal—a modest change in the regulations governing credit unions—could have in providing much needed access to small business credit. It describes how this proposed legislation would free up $13 billion in capital and create 140,000 jobs at no cost to taxpayers, and then reviews its likely consequences.

Small Business Owner Opinions on Access to Capital and Proposals to Boost the Economy
The vast majority of small business owners say access to capital is a problem and that it's harder to get a loan now than it was four years ago, according to a new opinion poll released on Jan. 26, 2012, by Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance and the American Sustainable Business Council.


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