Temporary 504 Loan Refinancing for Eligible Small Business Assets Under the Jobs Act Expires 9-27-2012

From time to time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. Guest commentaries feature the views, and opinions of the contributor and are not necessarily the opinions of DDIFO and it’s Board of Directors. The following is information submitted by Barbara Arena, Vice President of Granite State Development Corporation (GSDC) 131 Whitman Street, Hanson, MA 781-294-2244, barbara@granitestatedev.com, www.granitestatedev.com, regarding refinancing opportunities thru the SBA’s Temporary 504 Loan Refinancing Progam.

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A Signing for Small Business

Kent Hoover reports at Portfolio.com that as President Obama he signed a hard-fought small-business lending measure into law, he said it is the “most significant step” to help small firms in more than a decade. President Barack Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act into law, calling it “the most significant step on behalf of our small businesses in more than a decade.”

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Michelle Obama urges industry to step up efforts in obesity fight

Paul Frumkin writes in Nation’s Restaurant News that First lady Michelle Obama called on restaurateurs to help put an end to childhood obesity in an address made Monday to the National Restaurant Association’s board of directors at their fall meeting in Washington, D.C.

Thanking those in the foodservice industry who already have made an effort to address the problem, Obama urged restaurateurs to go even further.

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Small Businesses Closely Watching Tax Cut Debate

David KLightman writes in McClatchy Newspapers that Lonny and Robin Kocina started their business in the laundry room of their house more than 20 years ago, and they now employ about 45 people. However, they worry that Washington lawmakers are about to stifle their effort to keep their business growing. House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday he is willing to back tax cuts only for the middle class if that’s the only option he’s got – though he emphasized it would be “bad policy,” and that he wants Bush-era cuts extended for everyone.

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White House starts $21 million program to aid small businesses

David Cho of the Washington Post writes that in March 2009, President Obama vowed to address the drought of bank lending to small companies and announced an initiative to use $15 billion from the federal bailout to unfreeze the markets that finance Small Business Administration loans

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URGE YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE RECONCILIATION PACKAGE!

The Reconciliation Act of 2010 contains increased penalties for non-compliance and requires employers to include part-time workers when determining whether their company qualifies as a small business. The Senate is currently debating the bill and will begin considering amendments shortly before voting on the bill. As you may recall, the bill only needs 50 votes (with Vice-President Biden as the tie-breaker) for passage. Take Action Now!

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HIRE Act Aims to Encourage Immediate Hiring with Tax Credits

The President recently signed into law the “Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010” (the HIRE Act, P. L. 111-47, 03/18/2010). The centerpiece of this Act is a payroll tax holiday and up-to-$1,000 tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers. In addition to these new hiring incentives, the HIRE Act also includes a one-year extension of the enhanced small business expensing option under Code Sec. 179 . Both of these provisions are extremely important to many businesses. DDIFO Members read more…

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OPPOSE HEALTH CARE BILL AND RECONCILIATION PACKAGE!

There are only hours left and considering the recent developments explained below, it is imperative that you make your voice heard! Go to CFA VOTES! to oppose both the Senate-passed version of health care refom and the reconciliation bill, which was introduced yesterday.

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