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Dale Buss
Dale Buss is a long-time contributor to Chief Executive, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other top-flight business publications. He lives in Michigan.

Mid-Marketers Want to Bring Back Community Banks

It's become axiomatic among small- and mid-market CEOs and their advocates that the Dodd-Frank financial reforms of 2010 disproportionately hampered the community banks on which these companies so rely for capital. Meanwhile, another piece of legislation made it more difficult for startups to use credit-card financing to bootstrap their way through infancy.

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SMBs Fight Back in Nevada

A microcosm of the inequities in government treatment of large and small businesses may be developing in Nevada.

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Small, Mid-Market Firms Are Most Harmed by Healthcare Policies

It’s easy to make the case that the president’s sweeping overhaul of one-sixth of the U.S. economy has disadvantaged small and mid-market firms (SMBs) more than large companies, which can more easily absorb higher health insurance costs.

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How the Technical Talent Factor is Making States Competitive


Massachusetts has been trying to tell everyone something. For eight of the last nine years, it has finished No. 1 in the Beacon Hill Institute’s State Competitiveness Index despite being ranked only No. 25 in the Tax Foundation’s 2016 State Business Tax Climate Index and an abysmal No. 45 in Chief Executive’s 2016 Best & Worst States for Business.

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Understanding the Ins and Outs of State Incentives


When it comes to siting decisions, CEOs will tell you that the most important lures by far are intrinsic things like the location fitting their business model geographically, low taxes, adequate local infrastructure and ample talent that fits their specific needs. However, inducements and incentives can also attract companies to a state or locality.

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The Top 10 States for Manufacturing

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Concerns about American manufacturing growth have moved front and center in discussions about both the U.S. economy and presidential politics.

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Boards Aren’t Approving Enough Capital Spending to Foster Growth

Nearly $300 billion in capital expenditures by U.S. companies during the Great Recession hadn’t been replaced as of a year ago, according to a new study, and the hesitation of board members to open corporate pocketbooks has played a significant role in the slowdown.

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4 Lessons for Board Members from Valeant’s Sad Saga

The saga of Valeant Pharmaceuticals provides high theater for observers, something zesty to chew on for opportunistic investors, a potential upside for new CEO Joseph Papa—and the continuation of a self-created headache for Valeant board members.

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