South Carolina Small Business Chamber

House stands with state’s small businesses

Congratulations to the South Carolina House! Yesterday after nearly two hours of hot debate, Representatives voted not to give Amazon.com an exemption from collecting sales tax on in-state purchases. The vote turned out not to be even close. A clear bi-partisan majority in the House established a new principle for…

Amazon’s tantrum

Last week legislation was introduced in both the South Carolina House and Senate to exempt Amazon.com from collecting sales tax on sales to South Carolina residents from its proposed distribution center in Lexington County. The bills have an uphill fight. My earlier blogs lay out the arguments against the Amazon deal:April…

Small businesses still need loans

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber was a strong and vocal supporter of last year’s Small Business Jobs Act. I spoke at a press conference at the Capital along with several U.S. Senators to state our support and that of the American Sustainable Business Council for the legislation. A key…

Medicaid feeds economy

Today the South Carolina House of Representatives begins debating the 2011-12 state budget. One important issue will be how to address Medicaid funding—reduce state funding and thus lose up to hundreds of millions in federal dollars or adopt a plan by the hospitals for them to pay extra into the…

Good news for business—well maybe or maybe not

There appears to be some good news for South Carolina businesses with workers’ compensation insurance. On good authority I have been told that the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI is the state’s workers’ comp rating organization) has filed for a 3.7% overall decrease in a key component of rates…

Health care options

The below editorial is from the Anderson (SC) Independent Mail—————————————————————————————-Anderson Independent MailFebruary 21, 2011 Health care options What will Republicans offer the American people if the party’s efforts to repeal health-care reform are successful? “Replacing ‘Obamacare’ is not something we can do overnight,” Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., told the Washington…

Health insurance tax credits available

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber signed on to the following letter sent to two to the country’s largest tax preparer companies, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, encouraging them to educate their clients about the small business health insurance tax credits available starting in 2010. This is but…

Healthcare updates & etc.

Don’t miss your health insuance tax credits It’s tax time and if you have been providing health insurance for your employees, you need to learn more about the tax credits that you might be eligible for 2010. The Small Business Majority is holding a free webinar on this and other…

Help stop a bad business decision—Join public briefing call today

This is a crucial week in Washington. Congress is back in session and the White House is holding a meeting Thursday with Congressional leaders to discuss issues. One of the issues will be extending tax cuts to the wealthiest 2 percent of the taxpayers—tax cuts that will increase the deficit…