with Jeff Milchen
co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance
Job creation is on everyone’s minds these days, but who creates jobs and why?
“We all tend think that we need huge companies to do massive hiring to get us out
of this recession, but in actuality, it’s the small businesses that employ over half of
all private sector employees,” explains Jennifer Rubenstein, Administrator for LIBA.
“If half the small, independent businesses in Louisville hired even one more
employee, it would completely turn our unemployment rate around. That’s why we’re
so interested to hear from Jeff about potential ways to grow this often overlooked area.”
For more than two decades, the world’s largest corporations have been
disemploying people at a far greater rate than they hire. This is partly due to their
efficiency at minimizing jobs per unit of output, but also a consequence of perverse
policy incentives offering tax write-offs to companies that replace workers with
machines, discourage hiring and subsidize foreign imports.
Triggers for our current recession, like the housing bubble collapse and megabank
scandal, are easily identifiable, but how can we build a more durable and honest
economy to re-employ Americans and encourage entrepreneurism? This talk will
both introduce some potential answers while tapping the experience and wisdom
of participants to work toward actionable solutions.
Jeff Milchen founded and directed the first Independent Business Alliance and has
since helped more than 75 other communities across North America organize
successfully to date. He’s an internationally published writer and highly sought
speaker on community empowerment and helping independent business thrive.
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