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Iowa Gets Ethanol Directive

Iowa Gets Ethanol Directive

Iowa Gets Ethanol Directive

Farmers Get Boost For Domestic Corn

IncSmart Iowa (Small Business and Startups) - Iowa gets ethanol directive from President Trump.  Trumps deregulation plans also calls for agriculture, when he wants to see year round sales of gasoline that includes ethanol, which was a campaign promise.  The new directive will allow ethanol increase of up to 15%. The gas is called E15 had been banned from the summer months, from June through September,  because of concerns about smog.  He will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to write a rule that will allow ethanol year round.  The new rule will be fast tracked for next summers driving season.  
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Pennsylvania to Reopen First Bank

Pennsylvania to Reopen First Bank

Pennsylvania to Reopen First Bank

$26 Million Dollar Refurbishment

IncSmart Pennsylvania (Small Business and Startups) - Pennsylvania to Reopen First Bank.  The governor or Pennsylvania has just announced the refurbishing of the First Bank of the United States.  The building will become a museum. The First Bank of Philadelphia was founded by Alexander Hamilton, and charted on February 25, 1791.  Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury, and created the bank to help the United States with it's huge debt after the Revolutionary War.  


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New York Real Estate Prices Tumbling

New York Real Estate Prices Tumbling

New York Real Estate Prices Tumbling

 Manhattan Home Prices Fall Again

IncSmart New York (Small Business and Startups) - New York Real Estate Prices Tumbling.  Manhattan home prices are falling again.  New York home buyers are feeling the pinch of state taxes with the Federal Tax reform laws.   Medium  Manhattan homes took another dip of 4.5% because of the policy changes in Washington and the higher taxes in New York.  The new law from the District of Columbia limits the amount of property taxes that can be deducted from the Federal Tax returns.  Rising interest rates are also having an impact on the market, even though they are still at historic lows.  


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Amazon in Washington to Increase Hourly Wages

Amazon in Washington to Increase Hourly Wages

 Amazon in Washington to Increase Hourly Wages

Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour in November

IncSmart Washington (Small Business and Startups) - Amazon to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees.  This will effect 250,000 employees nationwide (570,000 worldwide).  Amazon announcement will apply to Whole Foods employees as well.  This is also going to be seen as a boost to the local economies.  Many of Amazons workers are still part time.  None of Amazon's American employees belong to a union.  Regular orientation movies for employees show anti union films.  
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Boeing Wins 9 Billion Dollar Contract for Missouri

Boeing Wins 9 Billion Dollar Contract for Missouri

Boeing Wins 9 Billion Dollar Contract for Missouri

New Aircraft Assembled in St. Louis

IncSmart Missouri (Small Business and Startups) - Boeing wins a 9 billion dollar contract for Missouri.  They will produce the next generation of jets for the United States Air Force.  The new aircraft is combat training aircraft, according to the defense department.  The new airplanes are 30 years overdue.  Remote pilotless drones will soon replace these aircraft as well.  These new planes will stay in service until 2090.  
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Nevada High Speed Line has New Owner

Nevada High Speed Line has New Owner

Nevada High Speed Line has New Owner

Brightline Buys XPressWest Rail

IncSmart Nevada (Small Business and Startups) - Nevada High Speed Line has New Owner.  Brightline buys XPressWest rail to finish high speed line from Las Vegas to California.  XPressWest was having trouble finding new funding after the Federal Government requires the line and the highspeed trains, be built in the United States.  China Railway International had to pull out of the deal.  The corridor from Victorville California to Las Vegas, has already been federally approved.  Start dates for service will be in 2020.  Brightline is also going to develop a station on 38 acres close to the Las Vegas Strip.  
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District of Columbia Pay Gains New Record

District of Columbia Pay Gains New Record

District of Columbia Pay Gains New Record

August has Great Numbers for Jobs and Wages

IncSmart District of Columbia (Small Business and Startups) - District of Columbia Pay Gains New Record.  Pay gains in President Trumps first year is the best since the Great Depression.   The Employment Cost Index measured a 2.6 for the entire year, and 2018 is looking better.  Employees looking for more money in their paychecks are fairing well under Trump.  After years of pay stagnation, employees are finally seeing their paychecks get an increase.  The economy has jobs and wages moving  higher in August.  
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Recovery in North Carolina from Florence

Recovery in North Carolina from Florence

Recovery in North Carolina from Florence

Property Damage in the Billions

IncSmart North Carolina (Small Business and Startups) - Recovery will be a long recovery period in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence. It is estimated thirteen billion dollars in property damage.  Flood damage to homes and business will be extensive and will make a huge financial impact in the state.  Few North Carolinians have flood insurance, and hundreds of thousands of homes are still without power.  There will be a massive rebuilding not only of housing but of infrastructures and roads.  Millions of livestock animals have died and the Price Gauging Law will be in effect for 45 days.  
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Georgia Company Coca-Cola Thinking Cannabis

Georgia Company Coca-Cola Thinking Cannabis

Georgia Company Coca-Cola Thinking Cannabis

Marijuana Infused Beverage Market

IncSmart Georgia (Small Business and Startups) - The Georgia company Coca-Cola is thinking cannabis.  Coca-Cola is watching cannabis in the legal marijuana markets.  CDB as an additive for drinks.   Coca-Cola is in talks with Aurora Cannabis, a Canadian company to help produce the marijuana infusion drinks.  This is following Corona Beer and Svedka Vodka.   However Coca-Cola will be the first company of this magnitude to eye the possibilities.  
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 Recovery After Massachusetts Explosions

Recovery After Massachusetts Explosions

 Recovery After Massachusetts Explosions

8000 People Displaced

IncSmart Massachusetts (Small Business and Startups) - There will be an extensive recovery effort after the Massachusetts gas line explosions.  There was a series of natural gas explosions in three towns north of Boston.  Over 8000 people were displaced and asked to go north of the Merrimack river.  There were fires in more than 80 homes that were serviced by Columbia Gas.  All homes with Columbia Gas service, were asked to evacuate.  The first responders are still locating underground gas leaks by using infrared cameras.
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Tennessee FedEx Expands Days

Tennessee FedEx Expands Days

Tennessee FedEx Expands Days

Will Hire 55,000 people for Holidays

IncSmart Tennessee (Small Business and Startups) - Tennessee FedEx announces it will expand ground operations to six days a year, all year.  Currently the deliveries happen Tuesday through Saturday.  They have invested in its facilities and automation to keep up with the demand from ecommerce.  The company is now handling over 14 million shipments a day.  Over the last five years, FedEx has opened nine new hubs and fifty six automated stations.  

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401K Executive Order in District of Columbia

401K Executive Order in District of Columbia

401K Executive Order in District of Columbia

Small Business and Retirement Plans

IncSmart District of Columbia (Small Business and Startups) - 401K Executive Order in District of Columbia.  President Trump signed an Executive Order making it easier for small business to offer retirement savings plans.  The order directs the Treasury and Labor Departments to begin easing regulations that prevent small business from providing retirement plans.  The order should make retirement plans more affordable for small business.  
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North Dakota Marijuana Legislation

North Dakota Marijuana Legislation

North Dakota Marijuana Legislation

Recreational Marijuana goes on November ballot

IncSmart North Dakota (Small Business and Startups) - North Dakota marijuana legislation is approved for election.  The new law would legalize growing, possessing and distribution and use of marijuana for people over the age of 21.  It will be placed on the November 6th General Election ballot.  The measure is a simple question.  Do you want to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Yes or No.  Criminal records related to marijuana convictions will also be sealed for adjudicated defendants.   They can now apply for student loans and jobs.

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California After the Fire Season

California After the Fire Season

California After the Fire Season

Rebuilding Shasta County

IncSmart California  (Small Business and Startups) - California is having a disastrous wild fire season.  The explosive fires have ravaged the state leaving behind blackened timber and brush fields.  Shasta County has been hit with mandatory evacuations and highway closures.  The latest fire is over 22,000 acres or 34 square miles and still burning.  The fires are responsible for killing California residents and burning over 8000 thousands of homes and destroying over 300 businesses.

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