Small business employs more than 60 percent of Vermont’s workers

first_imgWyoming66.2% WASHINGTON, D.C. Vermont’s economic recovery will depend on small business. That message is driven home in the newly updated Vermont Small Business Profile released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The most recent data show that the state has 18,937 small employers, and they employ 63.5% of the state s workforce, the third highest percentage in the country. Vermont depends on small business for jobs and economic growth, said Shawne McGibbon, Acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy. During this time of financial stress and economic instability, policymakers need to remember that the state s small businesses provide the economic base for its families and communities.To further highlight the importance of small business, the updated profile notes that small businesses created 51.7% of the state’s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005 (latest available data).Not only does the state s economy depend on the health of its small businesses, so too does the economy of the United States.The US has slightly more than 6 million small employers, or 99.7% of all employer firms, and they provide 50.4% of its private sector employment. These firms created 78.9% of the nation s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005, and they generated more than half of the private non-farm gross domestic product.The Office of Advocacy, the small business watchdog of the federal government, examines the role and status of small business in the economy and independently represents the views of small business to federal agencies, Congress, and the President. It is the source for small business statistics presented in user-friendly formats, and it funds research into small business issues.For more information and a complete copy of state and territory small business profiles, visit the Office of Advocacy website at is external).The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. For more information, visit is external), or call (202) 205-6533.State% Workforce Employed by Small BusinessesState% Workforce Employed by Small BusinessesAlabama49.7%Missouri49.7%Alaska55.6%Montana69.8% Arizona48.8%Nebraska51.4%Arkansas48.8%Nevada44.2% California52.1%New Hampshire54.9% Colorado51.7%New Jersey  51.1% Connecticut49.6%New Mexico57.0% Delaware48.3%New York51.7%  District of Columbia48.2%North Carolina48.6%  Florida44.0%North Dakota63.3% Georgia46.3%Ohio48.6%Hawaii56.1%Oklahoma54.0% Idaho58.6%Oregon57.2%Illinois49.2%Pennsylvania 49.9%Indiana48.6%Rhode Island57.1%Iowa   51.6%South Carolina50.0% Kansas 54.6%South Dakota 63.2% Kentucky50.0%Tennessee45.1%Louisiana54.1%Texas46.8%Maine60.6%Utah49.9% Maryland53.4%Vermont63.5%Massachusetts48.3%Virginia49.4% Michigan51.6%Washington 55.7% Minnesota51.0%  West Virginia 54.3% Mississippi50.1%Wisconsin    53.4%last_img read more

Betting on Sports presents ‘biggest and most comprehensive agenda’

first_img Share SBC continues to grow media operation with SlotBeats addition January 31, 2020 StumbleUpon New dates for CasinoBeats Malta and Betting on Sports America March 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit FES and Incentive Games launch esports prediction game June 2, 2020 ‘Our biggest and most comprehensive agenda yet’ is how SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron describes the fourth edition of the Betting on Sports conference and exhibition.There will be eight bumper tracks held across the two days of SBC’s flagship conference, which takes place at Olympia London from 17-20 September, including the second running of the PaymentExpert Forum.Betting on Sports is the biggest dedicated sports betting trade event in the world and is expected to attract 3,500 delegates from around the globe, a 30 per cent increase from 2018, having signed up some of the biggest names in the industry.McCarron commented: “The main problem that people who attend Betting on Sports will have is choosing which agenda track to attend. It is little wonder that operators are buying tickets in bulk to make sure they can get the most out of our biggest and most comprehensive agenda yet.“Given the huge success of Betting on Sports America in April and massive potential of the US market, we’re pleased to be able to once again dedicate a whole track to what could be the biggest betting jurisdiction in the world in a few years.”Alongside the eight #boscon tracks, there are four held as part of the second CasinoBeats Summit – the online gaming conference running in parallel to the main event on both days – and a standalone track for the Digital Marketing Forum, also making its second outing. Day 1 tracks at Betting on SportsSport in Focus will include sessions on fast-growing MMA, esports as ‘the major sport you are not carrying’, expansion plans for the biggest European football championships and the impact so far of data restrictions on lower level tennis tournaments.Following on from the huge success of Betting on Sports America in April of this year, the USA in Focus track will look at how sports betting in the country has been revolutionised over the first year since PASPA, while discussing individual state laws, the official data ‘arms race’ and whether the affiliate ‘gold rush’ is all it’s cracked up to be.The PaymentExpert Forum will assess the early impacts of the UK Gambling Commission’s age verification laws and latest developments to frictionless onboarding and payment stacks, as well as why cryptocurrencies – formerly billed as a disruptive force – are now met with distrust.Meanwhile, European Markets will check in on Spanish gambling laws, a new two-tiered betting tax plan in Ireland and the regulatory hurdles to long-term success in German-speaking markets.Day 2 tracks at Betting on Sports2020 Vision – The Future in Focus will discuss how horse racing can address the shortfall in retail funds, adjusting to new advertising restrictions – including the ‘whistle to whistle’ ban in the UK – and whether casino firms are using sportsbooks as loss leaders for customer acquisition.LATAM will be the first of the Emerging Markets to fall under the spotlight, as Brazil follows Colombia’s lead in regulating sports betting. There will also be sessions exploring the challenges of operating in Africa and the ‘softened stance’ towards legislated gambling in Asia.Technology in Focus will start with a CTO panel asking if infrastructure is flexible enough to withstand implementation in different jurisdictions with multiple regulatory challenges, before discussing changes to the UX journey and three presentations on different applications of AI.The impact of the latest restrictions on the UK market will kick off Regulation in Focus, which also covers the thin line between legal and affordable when it comes to such restrictions, the future for advertising and the response to gambling regulators going beyond their remit.Day 1 tracks at the CasinoBeats SummitThe Future of Gaming will ask what the live sector is doing to innovate, before assessing the future of slots, how studios use data to inform product design and whether blockchain has a future in online casino. Market Forces will unpick how the new Swedish marketplace is shaping up in 2019, whether a lack of political will is holding up the spread of legal real-money online gaming in the US, the timeline for integrated resorts in Japan and the implications of Brexit. Day 2 tracks at the CasinoBeats SummitResponsibility & Sustainability asks whether politicisation of the debate is helpful or harmful to progress in the area, whether online casino should follow the FOBT lead to reduce stakes, and how operators can improve their understanding of player finances. Finding the next generation of online casino players will be central to the Customer Journey & Marketing track, which will also consider the sector’s growing relationship with social media, how to get to know Generation Y and why a player focus is key to the recovery of online poker.Digital Marketing ForumThe Digital Marketing Forum, produced in association with AffiliateINSIDER, will explore the latest digital and performance marketing trends across the iGaming industry. Key topics include new lands of opportunity for affiliates, bonuses and social responsibility in gaming, why you can’t ignore video marketing, and understanding the digital culture of the millennial.For more information about the event, please visit the Betting on Sports website.last_img read more

Tropical storm Isaias to develop; Florida in the cone

first_imgA big tropical mess is moving over the Caribbean Islands and it may eventually travel to South Florida.A few things are working against this system. There is dry air to the north with some Saharan Dust. Also strong upper level winds known as Shear are helping to keep it in check and of course land interaction. Still, it seems to hang on.The track will be a bit challenging. Models base their forecasts on a good starting fix. Because there’s no closed center of circulation, the cone and intensity forecasts will remain iffy until the center is found.We know the system will move over the Leeward Islands early on Wednesday with heavy rain and gusty winds, then travel over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday evening. It could reach Dominican Republic and Haiti the next day. Cuba will get the rain and wind by Friday.In the long run, it may even reach South Florida and the Bahamas. All that may change if the center is found in a different location than presently estimated. The system will be pushed NW by high pressure and will look for the gap between the high and the approaching jet stream as its route north.HazardsRain will be the biggest concern. Large amounts will lead to a flooding threat along with land and mudslides.The forecast calls for:Leeward Islands & Virgin Islands: 3″ – 6″Puerto Rico: 3″ – 6″ with up to 10 in spotsDominican Republic: 3″ – 6″ with some areas as much as 8″Haiti: 2″ – 4″Windward Islands: 1″ – 3″South Florida and the Bahamas should monitor closely. Many things can change in the next 24-48 hrs. with the forecast track.We’ll be watching.last_img read more