Made in America – A Difference for Your Neighbors and Our Future

 

Festivals, parades and fireworks displays are all a part of summer fun in the United States. When buying goods for your family do you look for products made in America?sparklers_Flag

I grew up checking to see where products were manufactured. My father and grandfather were union carpenters who stressed it was part of being a good citizen to support American jobs whenever possible.

It is still very important to millions of jobs. Manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016 according to the National Association of Manufacturers.manufacturing_industrial

 

Deloitte’s Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index finds the United States is no longer the world’s top manufacturing center. While China is the top manufacturing nation currently, Deloitte analysts predict the United States will regain the number one position from China by the end of the decade.

One entrepreneur is giving shoppers new options to buy American. Todd Lipscomb, an Asia expert and former tech industry executive, was so haunted by what he learned living in Asia; he chucked it all to found MadeinUSAforever.com  workman_tools

The website features American-made products in one easy to use site with thousands of small businesses represented. It is one of several websites making it easier to locate American made goods.

Writing about my dad and grandfather and their commitment to buy American whenever possible I want to share this vintage commercial that with a catchy jingle!

Happy birthday America!

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U.S. Small Business Ranked Last? How Could This Be? The New Research

New research got my attention and has me asking a lot of questions.  The report says small-business employment in the United States ranks next to last among 21 most economically advanced nations, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The nonpartisan research organization in Washington D.C. finds the United States has one of the world’s smallest small business sectors.  

The success of American entrepreneurs could be among one of several reasons for the findings.
U.S. small businesses have been more efficient and productive than their counterparts in other industrialized nations. Or other countries have more entrepreneurs-of-necessity? The issue is worth further study since U.S. small businesses have accounted from most of the net job creation for the past 20 years. 

Some other findings of the new research include:

☼The United States is among the 3rd lowest in employment by manufacturers with fewer than 20 workers, 11.1% of the workforce

☼The U.S is last in manufacturing at companies with fewer than 500 employees, 51.2% of the workforce

☼U.S small-business computer-related employment is second to last, 32%

☼U.S. R&D employment at small firms is third to last, 25.3%

 To learn more and view details of the research click here.

Red, White, Blue and Small Business as We Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday

Festivals, parades and fireworks displays are all a part of the 4th of July…and many small businesses make the products making up the red, white and blue pageantry the holiday holds. The United States remains the globe’s top manufacturer by value of goods produced. For every $1 of value produced in China factories, the United States generates $2.50. 

 

American companies are now producing more goods other nations cannot make, so the “Made in USA” sticker is more likely to be found on technology products, components in other consumer goods or heavy equipment than merchandise commonly found in your local department store.

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday, one entrepreneur is giving shoppers new options to buy American.  Todd Lipscomb, an Asia expert and former tech industry executive, was so haunted by what he learned living in Asia; he chucked it all to found MadeinUSAforever.com

Already this Website is one of nation’s most visited resources for American-made products, Todd is looking to grow his website MadeintheUSAforever.com and talked with SBTV.com about how small business owners can become a part of the website.  Go to www.sbtv.com and look for more ways to support the small business owners and manufacturers keeping our nation’s communities working!