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Small Business Shutdowns and the Great Consolidation

Written By: Catherine Morgan | Comments Off on Small Business Shutdowns and the Great Consolidation

Carol Roth’s opinion piece in Newsweek is an eye-opener. She dives into small businesses closing, and big businesses making huge profits.

Have you been wondering what the long-term effects of the pandemic might be on small businesses? Why your cost of living has been going up? Carol shares her perspective with statistics to back it up in, ”We’re Living Through the Greatest Transfer of Wealth From the Middle Class to the Elites in History | Opinion.” She begins:

“Recent history is punctuated with a lot of not-so-great economic “greats” from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. Now we have a new one: When historians look back on the decisions made beginning in March 2020 and still going strong, this period will be remembered as the “Great Consolidation”—the acceleration of a historic wealth transfer and power concentration out of the hands of the middle class and into those with political power and connections.

The “connected” form a powerful bloc comprised of big government, big business and big special interests. And though their monikers label them “big,” they are comprised of relatively small elites. And they are seeking to use their power to benefit themselves at your expense.

Prior to COVID, more than 30 million small businesses accounted for about half the GDP and jobs in America; the other half of the economy was concentrated in 20,000 big companies. So you might have expected that small businesses would have had an equal amount of negotiating power when the pandemic hit as big companies. You would be wrong.”

As always, Carol pulls no punches. You can read the rest of the article here.

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Catherine Morgan is the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. She specializes in helping entrepreneurs transition to corporate jobs they love. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to career transition, small business, productivity, and mental health. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.