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 www.sba.gov/advo(link 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 www.sba.gov/advo(link 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

Kerevi keen to combine with Beale

first_imgKerevi’s 2016 Wallabies debut came at a time when Beale was out injured, prior to his departure for Wasps.That crossing of stars has left the pair with very little on field time together but that will, in all likelihood, change this year with Beale back on deck and Kerevi in career best form this Super Rugby season.The star outside centre was cut down by injury in the Reds’ loss to the Blues but prior to that he was the clear standout 13 in the competition and that was recognised this week, when he was named in the Super Rugby Team of the Year.”Kurtley is an exceptional player with an exceptional rugby brain,” Kerevi said.”We have been doing a lot of opposed stuff with the boys and trying different combinations in the centres.”For me, when I do train with Kurtley or train against him just seeing how he plays excites me.”I know he can bring that X factor to the backline and then we have guys like Israel Folau out back, Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight out wide that can finish off amazing tries.”Kerevi said the squad was happy to be past the fitness aspect of Bledisloe Cup preparations, as the team starts to hone in on how they will go about conquering the all powerful, all conquering All Blacks.”Here in Cessnock we have been training a lot with the team and the team shape,” he said.”it’s been really good to see how other boys play in the shape and see how they express themselves throughout the shape – it’s really exciting.”Injury has cruelled Kerevi’s young career to date.He cemented his spot as Michael Cheika’s go to outside centre after making his Test debut against England last year, only to have an ankle injury in the third Bledisloe Cup Test rule him out of the Spring Tour.Then, after starring for the Reds all season, the syndesmosis injury ruled him out of any June calculations.He is easing back into full contact this week but remains confident he will be fit and firing next Saturday.”I guess I don’t really reflect on it in a bad way,” he said of the injury sustained against New Zealand last year.”I took the opportunities that I got last year and brought it to this year.”I want to make sure I take every opportunity this year.”This group can change history and be part of it, that’s what excites me.”last_img read more