by: Frank Knapp
The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.
They also use them to cheat small businesses.
For example, from 2004 to 2012 a large Virginia-based security firm used a shell company to fraudulently obtain $31 million in federal contracts -- contracts that should have gone to minority-owned small businesses under the SBA's section 8(a) set-aside program.
In a second case, a Maryland woman used multiple shell companies to win contracts to supply the government with paint and other goods.
by: David Bolotsky
For many people, there's no happier moment than the day you welcome a child into the world. With so many emotions to deal with, and so many things to prepare for, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not you'll be getting paid.
At UncommonGoods, we make sure that our more than 100 team members can welcome a new child without that hassle. Recently, President Obama gave the same benefit to federal contractors.
But many businesses in the U.S. don't provide this benefit. They may couch that decision in terms of cost -- claiming it would hurt their bottom line -- but that's short-sighted.
by: Ronald White, Molly Rauch
Brown, foul-smelling water spewing out of faucets. Children poisoned by lead and other toxic metals. Families with aching joints, brittle bones, and shocking hair loss. These troubling images and more have been flowing out of Flint, Michigan since late last year as the scope and impact of the city's austerity-driven water contamination crisis has become increasingly clear.
But pollution, contamination, and toxic chemicals that harm children's health aren't confined to Flint. America's children are being exposed to a host of toxic chemical hazards. From deteriorating lead paint still widespread in many communities, to toxic toys sold at dollar stores, to dangerous chemical facilities near homes and schools, we're putting our kids in danger.
by: Audrey Britton
More than half of Minnesota's workforce is employed by the state's 500,000 small businesses. That's more than 1.2 million Minnesotans, many whose livelihoods depend on clean water. This includes many small businesses in tourism, recreation, agriculture and more.
The Clean Water Rule was released last year and is now being targeted by opponents who say it will be bad for business and the economy. Powerful lobbyists and some attorneys general in other states are initiating court battles without considering how important the rule is to our small business community. Most recently, Small Business Minnesota, along with the American Sustainable Business Council and others, helped keep the clean water rule from becoming a bargaining chip in passing the congressional budget.
by: Frank Clemente
by: Gladys Ashe Robinson
by: Patrice McDermott
by: Patrice McDermott
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