Recently the credit freeze has had effects on every area of the economy, including small businesses. Small business owners and entrepreneurs, both those in the business and those who are trying to make a fresh start after losing their jobs, are out of money and energy. They are looking to the government for help.
With the formation of his stimulus package, President Barack Obama is clearly hoping that he will give the financial assistance needed to get small businesses to act in a way that will boost the failing economy. The president has assured Americans that he is going to make sure credit is given to entrepreneurs and business owners. His administration believes that small business is the key to the economic recovery as they create about 70% of new jobs each year.
The stimulus package, officially the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, became law on Feb. 17, 2009. It involves spending 7 billion in incentives and tax cuts with the goal being to kick-start economic growth and create new jobs in the next three years.
Obama has shown that he is committed to small businesses, increasing the budget of the Small Business Administration by 100% and giving out over billion in small business loans since the package went into effect. Recently it has been suggested that bailout funds earmarked for banks may be diverted to small businesses. This would surly signal a shift in focus.
Many of our clients, having read about the plan in the newspaper or having heard about it on the T.V., are ready to accept the government's promise. Legal professionals will have to help them sort through the messages and find the facts in order to help evaluate the pros and cons of the U.S. government's Financial Stability Plan.