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South Carolina Rethinks Culture

South Carolina Rethinks Culture

South Carolina Rethinks Culture

Ocean Boulevard Changes from family to ghetto in Myrtle Beach


IncSmart South Carolina (Small Business and Startups) - Myrtle Beach is experiencing an identity crisis.  Ocean Boulevard was once a family outing, but has become a strip of crime and shooting.  City officials and shop owners alike agree that more police may be able to bring the violence down and save the shops.  The rowdy tourist area is getting a bad reputation.

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Colorado Cannabis Banking

Colorado Cannabis Banking

Colorado Cannabis Banking

New Federal bill to  Allow Banking for Marijuana Businesses

IncSmart Colorado (Small Business and Startups) - Marijuana businesses can not open business checking accounts for their Corporations and LLCs.  However, a bill was introduced to Congress called the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act), legislation that allows banks to serve marijuana businesses without conflicts with federal government.  Specific legislation is needed so companies do not rely on opinions from the Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, or Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General.

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Michigan Marijuana Drive

Michigan Marijuana Drive

Michigan Marijuana Drive

Michigan Marijuana Legalization Petition Drive Very Soon.

IncSmart Michigan (Small Business and Startups) - The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington DC group, is behind the advisory committee in Michigan to start working with the state to draft a proposal to legalize marijuana.  The petition drive could land on the Michigan ballot in 2018. 

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New York Earning Season

New York Earning Season

New York Earning Season

 Bellwethers Rises at Record Highs for Economic Sectors

IncSmart New York (Small Business and Startups) - Wall Street's Bellwethers grows to record highs for economic sectors.  Record setting rally continues after the election of Donald Trump in November.  The economy is marching forward.  Consumers are more confident. Stocks are up since the start of the year.  There is talk of a Trump bump.


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Century Aluminum Kentucky

Century Aluminum Kentucky

Century Aluminum Kentucky

US Trade Complaint with the World Trade Organization on Aluminum Prices

IncSmart Kentucky (Small Business and Startups) - President Trump signed an order for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to investigate how aluminum imports are jeopardizing national security.  High-purity aluminum is used for a number of defense purposes, including in military planes and in the armor-plating of military vehicles.  This high-purity aluminum is used in the F-35.  China is the world’s biggest producer of the Aluminum.  America has a standing trade complaint with the World Trade Organization alleging dumping. 

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Maine Welcomes Trump Tariff

Maine Welcomes Trump Tariff

Maine Welcomes Trump Tariff

Longstanding Trade Dispute with Canada Ends

IncSmart Maine (Small Business and Startups) - The Trump Commerce Department will start imposing duties of up to 24 percent on lumber imported from Canada. Canada has been dumping lumber on the American market below cost.  Canadian exports are 70 percent of its total production to the United States.  The consequence of the tariff however has not hurt shares of Canadian lumber companies.  They surged after the tariffs on lumber turned out to be less aggressive.  The lumber futures also fell by $10 or 2.5% exchange in the Chicago futures market.  They may decline further to 20 %.

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New York Chamber of Commerce

New York Chamber of Commerce

New York Chamber of Commerce

Coumo Losing Thousands of Jobs Because of Policy

IncSmart New York (Small Business and Startups) -  Coumo energy polices are causing a serious roadblock to New England's gas distribution.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also reported that bottlenecks in the region’s distribution is the reason for high gas prices.  Coumo is banning pipelines which is killing the economy of upstate New  York.  The wants of the Sierra Club are place ahead of the needs of New York consumers. 


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SC Johnson Jobs in Michigan

SC Johnson Jobs in Michigan

Expansion in Michigan

SC Johnson Plans Multi Million Dollar Expansion in Bangor Township

IncSmart Michigan (Small Business and Startups) - Increased demand for Ziploc bags made by SC Johnson, has initiated plans for a multi million dollar expansion in Bangor Township.  The plant will include a 56,000 square foot building, with new production to start 2018.  SC Johnson is a nationwide producer of products including Windex, Ziploc, Pledge, Glade, and Edge.


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Centene Missouri Expansion

Centene Missouri Expansion

Centene Missouri Expansion

St. Louis Office Space for 2,000 New Workers

IncSmart Missouri  (Small Business and Startups) - Centene Corp, a health provider and insurance company, will expand it's in Clayton Missouri campus, a suburb of St. Louis.  This expansion is the largest office development seen in Missouri.  With 1,000 employees working at the company’s global headquarters in Clayton the new addition will add 2000 more employees at an average salary $75,000.

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EPA Success Maryland

EPA Success Maryland

EPA Success Maryland

Female Blue Crabs increase in the Chesapeake Bay

IncSmart Maryland (Small Business and Startups) - Chesapeake Bay has been given a new life.  The Environmental Protection Agency in Annapolis, has saved the Chesapeake Bay.  The bay was becoming a dead zone from pollution and over-fishing. Upgrading sewage treatment plants limiting farm runoff practice of using animal manure as a crop fertilizer has been successful. 

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Pennsylvania Steel Imports

Pennsylvania Steel Imports

Pennsylvania Steal Imports

Trump Administration Investigates Dumping

IncSmart Pennsylvania (Small Business and Startups) - President Trump is launching an investigation into foreign imports of steel.  He promised during his campaign to crack down on steel dumping and  unfair trading practices.  He is directing Wilber Ross and the Commerce Department to investigate the practice to protect American steel industry and the American steelworkers.  Steel imports make up 26 percent of the entire U.S. marketplace.  This investigation should be completed in 50 days.

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District of Columbia Ends H1B Visa Abuse

District of Columbia Ends H1B Visa Abuse

District of Columbia Ends H1B Visa Abuse

Addressing Wages and Offshore High Paying American jobs

IncSmart Washington DC (Small Business and Startups) - The H1B visa program was designed to help American businesses fill positions that American employees are not trained for.  Instead, the program has displaced American workers.  Employees are also extremely unhappy about training their own replacements.  Many of those replacements are outsourced jobs to India based companies.  The largest abusers of this program come from the Silicon Valley.  It does not stop with the tech industry.   The abuse is across the board with many market sectors. 

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Honda Invests in Ohio

Honda Invests in Ohio

Honda Invests in Ohio

$124 million in East Liberty

IncSmart Ohio (Small Business and Startups) - Honda announces an investment of  $124 Million for an Advanced Wind Tunnel Facility in East Liberty Ohio.  The new facility will break ground in the summer of 2017.  Honda operates 13 companies in Ohio with 13,000  local employees.  East Liberty is an hour northwest of Columbus. 

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IRS Hires Collection Agency in New York

IRS Hires Collection Agency in New York

IRS Hires Collection Agency in New York

300 New Jobs Pioneer plans in Upstate New York

IncSmart New York (Small Business and Startups) - The IRS hiring four private collection agencies collect overdue payments who owe money to the federal government.  The Internal Revenue Service hired four companies, CBE Group, ConServe, Performant and Pioneer Credit Recovery.  Pioneer Credit Recovery is based in Wyoming County New York.  Pioneer Credit Recovery employs more than 1,000  people and will be adding 300 more with the IRS contract.  Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Navient Corporation.  Navient is publicly traded on the NASDAQ (NASDAQ: NAVI).

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