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US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order limiting regulation with small business leaders in the Oval Office at the White House on January 30, 2017

The Trump Boom: Small Business Optimism Remains Near Record High

While the post-election optimism hasn’t faded, it has not yet translated into an increase in small business spending and hiring. Many small businesses may be waiting to see if the Trump administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill act on promises to cut taxes, reverse the regulatory expansion of the Obama administration and repeal Obamacare.

World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo, facing hostility from the US, has responded with an olive branch

No Americans Need Apply: U.S. Government Twice as Open to Foreign Business as Five Top Trading Partners Put Together

American businesses can run up against walls when trying to sell goods and services to foreign governments, which often prevent businesses from outside their own countries from taking part in government contracts, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. By contrast, the U.S. government is far more open to allowing foreign businesses to receive government contracts.