Small businesses old and new are the backbone of our economy. But under Scott Walker's big corporate welfare state, it's hard to muster any consumer purchasing power to support our local entrepreneurs.
Demand is down or stagnant, thanks to Walker's promise that there will be no hike in the minimum wage, and public worker wages have taken a hit. Still, if a business doesn't rely on our Wisconsin marketplace, you're welcome to set up shop:
WSJ: Wisconsin small businesses are more upbeat about the strength of their own companies but remain hesitant about hiring or taking on costly new projects, according to a U.S. Bank survey … only 21 percent said they expect to add staff in the next 12 months, compared with 23 percent in each of the previous two years.