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Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
Small Manufacturers and the Lending Crisis

Small Manufacturers and the Lending Crisis

Yesterday's front-page, above the fold WSJ headline jumped off the page: "Lending Falls at Epic Pace."  Epic, as in the "biggest full-year decline in total loans outstanding in 67 years."  It's a critical challenge -- for some companies, nothing short of a crisis -- that NEMA's smaller members have faced for awhile now. The answer is simple enough (you'd think): The feds gave banks billions of dollars to increase lending and stimulate Read more [...]
Card Check and Small Business – the Remix

Card Check and Small Business – the Remix

Back in February, I posted a blog about the impact of the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) on America's small businesses.  The blog included a link to an editorial written by Representiatve Howard "Buck" McKeon, the Ranking Republican Member on the House Education and Labor Committee, that debunked the myth that small businesses won't be impacted by EFCA. Nearly four months later, the debate about EFCA and potential "compromises" Read more [...]
Small Businesses Getting Some New Attention

Small Businesses Getting Some New Attention

Nice "shout out" by our friends at the Electrical Trends blog.  Allen Ray (Allen Ray Associates) and Dave Gordon (Channel Marketing Group) were among a half-dozen guest speakers who spoke to a group of our small electrical manufacturers -- see their rehash of the Small Manufacturers Forum on February 23. NEMA has in its membership among the largest and best-known electrical manufacturing companies in the country, but the majority of its members are actually small companies. Read more [...]