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Small businesses nationwide reported improved optimism as 2013 drew to a close, and reports of capital spending increased significantly, but the index measuring business owners’ sentiment in December still fell below previous mid-year readings and trailed the pre-2008 recession average by six points, the National Federation of Independent Businesses said Tuesday. more
The U.S. government said it would ramp up Obamacare outreach in 25 cities to lure younger people to the program after a report showed about 70 percent of the initial customers are 35 years of age or older. more
During the first four days of January, after the Dec. 31 deadline to select a plan for coverage beginning Jan. 1 had passed, another 465 people enrolled in private plans through Rhode Island’s health care exchange, bringing the total number of HealthSource RI enrollments to 11,770. more
The nine member states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have set the program’s greenhouse gas pollution cap for 2014 at 91 million tons, putting into effect emissions-cutting regulations first proposed last February. more
The U.S. posted a record December budget surplus as higher payroll taxes, payments from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and a declining unemployment rate helped improve the government’s finances. more
Expectations of credit access among U.S. consumers improved in recent months even as their predictions for inflation held steady, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. more
Braver PC, a regional accounting firm with offices in Providence and Needham, Mass., merged its accounting, business strategies and valuation services divisions with national accounting and advisory firm Marcum LLP effective Jan. 1, the New York-based company announced Monday. more
Gasoline prices fell slightly in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, the first time since early November that prices in both states showed a week-over-week decline, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. more
Gourmet charcuterie Daniele Inc. has earned a place at No. 6 on Manufacturing.net’s list of the Most Innovative Industrial Companies for 2013. more
Momentum in Rhode Island’s rate of economic growth continued a troublesome slowdown in November of 2013, according to the Current Conditions Index produced by University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. more
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