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Kent Hoover


Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Kent:

Small business' access to capital hurt by regulatory uncertainty facing banks, lack of SEC advocate

An uncertain regulatory environment for financial institutions is the biggest impediment to businesses getting the capital they need, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. → Read More

Business, in President Barack Obama's State of the Union, consists of good guys, bad guys (Video)

In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama praised businesses that invest in their workers and innovation, and criticized companies that fight government regulations, oppose unions, slow the transition to a clean energy economy and stash their profits offshore. VIDEO → Read More

Small businesses urge Congress to make tax breaks like Section 179 expensing, bonus depreciation permanent

As negotiators continue to work on a deal to extend expired tax breaks, small business owners told Congress that it should make tax incentives for investing in new equipment -- such as Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation -- permanent. → Read More

'Internet of cars' will reduce accidents, but hacking, privacy concerns spur calls for more regulation

New technology allows cars to communicate with each other to avoid accidents, but the so-called "Internet of cars" also creates the risk of cars being hijacked by hackers. Automakers contend they can address this vulnerability without regulations that stifle innovation. → Read More

Capitalism vs. socialism? Yes, that was an issue in the Democratic presidential debate

Hillary Clinton invoked small business in her defense of capitalism after "democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders trashed the system in the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential campaign. → Read More

3 things businesses should watch in the Democratic presidential debate

There likely will be lots of talk in the Democratic presidential debate about reining in Wall Street and reducing income inequality, but will the candidates offer a growth agenda as well? → Read More

Business economists expect GDP growth of 2.7% in 2016; real estate strong; manufacturing weak

Business economists now predict the economy will grow next year at only a slightly higher pace than in 2015. Spending on buildings will rebound, but industrial production will be less than previously expected. → Read More

Trade deficit jumps as U.S. exports fall, Chinese imports surge; economy not growing as fast as hoped

The strong dollar and weak global demand led U.S. exports to fall to their lowest level since October 2012 in August, contributing to a 15.6 percent increase in America's trade deficit. → Read More

Biggest trade deal since NAFTA reached; what TPP means for business

The U.S. and 11 other nations reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would eliminate tariffs and other trade barriers. Small businesses and the high-tech industry stand to benefit, but pharmaceutical companies and the tobacco industry aren't happy with the deal. → Read More

Congress changes Obamacare for larger small businesses

Congress came to the rescue of businesses with 51 to 100 employees, which feared their health insurance premiums would skyrocket if they were thrown into the small group market next year as scheduled under the Affordable Care Act. → Read More

FlexTech Alliance picked by Department of Defense to lead flexible hybrid electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The Department of Defense picked San Jose's FlexTech Alliance to lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics in order to advance technology for wearable devices, soft robotics and sensors on everything from roads to airplanes. → Read More

Proposed federal contracting rule bad for small businesses, good for unions, critics say

A proposed federal rule requiring government contractors to report labor law violations could be so costly to comply with that it will drive some small businesses out of the market, according to the SBA's Office of Advocacy. → Read More

NLRB rewrites 'joint employer' standard; franchising, outsourcing business relationships upended by decision

The National Labor Relations Board ruled that companies are joint employers with franchisees or temporary staffing firms if they potentially share control over employment terms and conditions. → Read More

Business hits back at Trump over immigration plan's H-1B visa restrictions

Donald Trump has set the agenda for the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, particularly with his tough immigration policy. Business groups say Trump's plan to make it harder for companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers will hurt the economy. → Read More

5 takeaways for business from the Republican presidential debates

The two Republican presidential debates featured lots of fireworks, especially when Donald Trump refused to pledge to support whoever is the GOP nominee. But the two debates also shed some light on candidates' positions on important business and economic issues. → Read More

No apologies from Donald Trump for bankruptcy filings; small business gets shoutout from Marco Rubio

The two Republican presidential debates featured lots of fireworks, especially when Donald Trump refused to pledge to support whoever is the GOP nominee. But the two debates also shed some light on candidates' positions on important business and economic issues. → Read More

Millennials prefer walking to driving, Realtors find, so housing in mixed-use neighborhoods with transit access has edge

Millennials strongly prefer walking to driving, a National Association of Realtors survey found, which gives an edge to walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods with access to public transit. → Read More

Hillary Clinton wants to raise capital gains rates, fight 'quarterly capitalism'

Democratic presidential candidate wants to raise capital gains rates on investments held less than six years in order as part of her campaign to change a corporate culture that she thinks is too focused on short-term earnings. → Read More

EEOC rules employers can't discriminate against gay workers, but that may not settle issue

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that employers can't discriminate against workers based on their sexual orientation, but federal courts don't always follow EEOC's lead. → Read More

Export-Import Bank shouldn't be revived, conservatives argues; SBA among programs that could be targeted next

As conservatives urged Republican leaders to refuse to bring up legislation reviving the now-lapsed Export-Import Bank, small exporters worried that they won't be able to make new deals overseas. → Read More