20 Aug

A New Way to Park!

The future of motorcycle parking: Smart docking stations to include charging and kit locker Bikers Guardian units in a street 74 A start-up firm are hoping to revolutionise the way we secure our bikes when parking in public places. Bikers Guardian have come up with a docking station design...

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17 Aug

Stop selling to Amazon!

Abrams: Small Businesses Should “Stop Selling” On Amazon, Other Online Marketplaces In her column for USA Today (8/11), Rhonda Abrams said small businesses “should stop selling through Amazon and other online platforms.” Although intermediary platforms such as the online marketplace run by Amazon provide numerous benefits to consumers, they...

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3 Aug

Supply Problems to Persisit

Dunkelberg: Most Small Business Owners Expect Supply Chain Disruptions To Continue Into 2022 NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg wrote in Forbes (7/28, Dunkelberg) that “with supply chains not working smoothly” due to the pandemic, “imbalances between the supply of goods and services, and the demand for those products are...

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30 Jul

Gov. Kristi Noem to attend Sturgis Rally

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem joins celebrity lineup for Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride Attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s premier charity event will have the chance to meet South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem when she joins the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride festivities on Monday, Aug. 9 in...

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30 Jul

Inflation at Work…

US Companies Charging More For Consumer Goods; More Price Increases Expected The Wall Street Journal (7/22, Francis, Gryta, Guilford, Subscription Publication) reported that amid increasing costs for transportation, materials, and salaries, US companies are charging more for products ranging from Oreo cookies to metal fasteners, fueling inflation not seen...

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30 Jul

Petersen Museum Motorcycle Display

The Petersen Automotive Museum and Motorcycle Arts Foundation have launched a new exhibit titled ADV:Overland, which celebrates the spirit of adventure through off-road and off-world motorcycles and related vehicles. With support from Harley-Davidson, the exhibit features 23 adventure-touring motorcycles and race vehicles from 1930 to the present, as well...

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22 Jun

Anti-Amazon

Growing Number Of Businesses Position Themselves As “Anti-Amazons” The Wall Street Journal (6/16, Mattioli, Subscription Publication) reported on the “growing group of businesses and organizations positioning themselves as anti-Amazons” and “working to unite small businesses that have lost sales and margins to the e-commerce giant and tap into concern...

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15 Jun

Who Would Have Thought?

Williams: Expanded Unemployment Benefits A Powerful Disincentive To Find Work. Jonathan Williams, executive vice president of policy and chief economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council, wrote in The Hill (6/13) that “economists across the ideological spectrum” agree that expanded unemployment benefits “would encourage people not to work, thereby...

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11 May

Army Looking for a Few Good Businesses

US Army Looking For Small Businesses To Advance RCV Sustainment Defense Daily (5/6, Subscription Publication) reported the US Army “announced Thursday it is starting a new small-business cohort looking for innovative ideas to apply sensor capabilities for sustainment of its future fleet of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV).” Phase one...

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11 May

Payment Service

Plastiq’s Move To Service Small Business Puts It Competition With PayPal Payments Source (5/7, Adams) reported payment technology firm Plastiq “originally served only consumers, and it switched its focus to small to medium-sized businesses right before the pandemic strained cash flows.” The move “put Plastiq in competition with a...

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