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Government shut-down: what impact on middle market companies?

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Merrill Matthews, PhD, of the Institute for Policy Innovation argues that there won't be much long-term damage.

Writing for the National Center for the Middle Market, Merrill Matthews asks the question that's on the mind of many executives: "How would a government shut-down affect my business?"

His answer?  Not very much in the long term, most likely.

For the vast majority of growing business owners, though, the good news is that any potential shutdown will likely only last a few days. Anti-shutdown pressure from voters, the media and the stock market has a way of forcing solutions.

Matthews cites past shut-downs to support is thinking. 

History suggests any government shutdown will be short-lived. There have been 17 federal shutdowns in U.S. history: six during Carter's four years, eight during Reagan's eight years, one for George H.W. Bush, and two for Clinton. Since the 1980s, most have only been for two to three days. The longest lasted 22 days.

Let's hope he's right.

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