Rafael Pastor

  • Foreigners Rooting For America’s Revival

    Foreigners Rooting For America’s Revival

    I’ve spent the last two weeks in Australia and China on business, and it’s been fascinating to hear international perspectives on the recent turmoil in the US—everything from the stock market meltdown and the reduction of our credit rating to the debt ceiling impasse and growing concern about a double-dip recession. It used to be

  • Time to Merge or Acquire?

    Time to Merge or Acquire?

    The Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Needleman recently reported that during the second quarter of 2011, sales of small businesses were up and, significantly, that it’s a buyer’s market right now.  While that may not be good news for small businesses that would rather not sell at a low price,  for many other companies this may

  • Support Small Businesses and Create Jobs

    Support Small Businesses and Create Jobs

    Quite understandably, there’s a growing level of impatience regarding continued high unemployment.   While the U.S. is making progress in certain aspects of the economy, we’re sliding backward with regard to jobs.  June unemployment figures rose again, back up to 9.2%.  Translation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is this: “More than 14.1 million workers

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