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Main Street Matters with Elaine Parker and Alfredo Ortiz explores the intersection of small business and government policy. With more than 90 million Americans either owning or depending on small business for their household income, policies like taxes, regulations, and access to credit have a huge effect on the American Dream. Elaine and Alfredo talk with small business owners, government officials and office holders, and experts about everything from education to the labor market on this interesting and entertaining podcast.

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FLASHBACK: Joe Biden's War on Small Businesses with Steve Moore

Friday, March 1

In this episode, Alfredo & Elaine are joined by Steve Moore to discuss the state of the economy in 2023 and the potential outlook for 2024. They highlight the importance of tax cuts for small businesses and the negative impact of Biden's policies on the economy. The conversation also covers the reality of inflation and rising prices, the struggle to find workers, and the concerns of rising debt. They emphasize the need for a balanced budget amendment and the negative impact of regulations on small businesses. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Are EVs Dying A Slow Death with Henry Payne

Wednesday, February 28

In this episode, Elaine and Jordan talk with Automotive Insider, Henry Payne about the Biden administration's pullback from an aggressive EV mandate, the state of the electric vehicle market, consumer concerns and challenges with electric vehicles, the economics of electric vehicles and the threat to automakers, the impact of electric vehicles on infrastructure and energy costs, safety issues and litigation related to electric vehicles, the financial threat of the EV mandate to automakers, competition from Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure challenges and the future of charging stations, impressive manufacturers and models in the electric vehicle market, hybrid vehicles as a happy medium, and the future of the electric vehicle market and the influence of California regulations. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

How Technology & Data Analysis is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry with Ben Haymaker

Friday, February 23

In this episode, Ben Haymaker, senior partner and COO at Magnolia Energy Partners, discusses the company's focus on proved undeveloped drilling locations in established producing fields. He explains the advancements in technology and data analysis that have made drilling more efficient and less risky. Ben also clarifies the difference between wildcatting and proven undeveloped drilling, highlighting the use of existing data to mitigate risks. He addresses the impact of the Biden administration's green agenda on the oil and gas industry and emphasizes the importance of a balanced approach to energy sources. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

A Better Education with Governor Doug Ducey

Wednesday, February 21

Former Governor Doug Ducey joins the podcast to discuss his accomplishments as governor of Arizona and his current work with Citizens for Free Enterprise. He highlights his efforts to invest in public education, cut regulations, and simplify taxes to stimulate job creation and economic growth. Governor Ducey also explains the universal school choice program implemented in Arizona and encourages other states to adopt similar programs. He emphasizes the importance of education and free enterprise in bridging racial and economic divides. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday.  For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Joe Biden and the Labor Unions with Mike Watson

Friday, February 16

In this episode, Mike Watson, the research director of Capital Research Center, discusses the administration's labor policies and their alignment with labor unions. He explains the historical role of labor unions in American politics and how their composition has shifted over time. Watson highlights the significant funding unions provide to the Democratic Party and progressive organizations. He also explores the ideological alignment of union leaders with the progressive agenda. The conversation delves into the attitudes of union members towards political parties and the potential attrition from Democrats to Republicans. Watson discusses the mutual backscratching between the Democratic administration and unions, as well as the impact of the Pro Act on unionization. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

The Facts About Inflation with Breitbart's John Carney

Wednesday, February 14

In this conversation, Breitbart's John Carney discusses the impact of inflation on the economy, particularly on consumer spending and credit card debt. He also analyzes the border deal and its implications for small businesses. Carney shares his predictions for the upcoming election and the future of the economy under different leadership. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more info visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

The War on Small Businesses with Bryce Eddy

Friday, February 9

In this conversation, Podcaster and Entrepreneur Bryce Eddy discusses the challenges faced by small businesses and the impact of government regulations and crime. He highlights the need for small business tax cuts and shares his experience hosting his own podcast. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Breaking Down the Tax Relief for American Families & Workers Act with Brandon Arnold

Wednesday, February 7

In this episode, Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union, discusses the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act and its impact on American families and small businesses. The act includes provisions such as an expanded child tax credit and cost recovery provisions for small businesses. Brandon emphasizes the importance of fiscal policy and the need for responsible spending cuts. He also discusses the future of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the challenges of addressing the national debt. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Black Americans and the Republican Party with Deana Bass-Williams

Friday, February 2

Deana Bass-Williams, a partner at Bass Public Affairs, discusses the importance of economic opportunities in underserved communities and the need for all communities to have access to all ideas. Deana highlights the impact of the current economic climate on Black Americans and the reasons why some are leaving the Democratic Party. Deana emphasizes the role of entrepreneurship in closing income and wealth gaps and shares personal stories of entrepreneurship in her own family. She also discusses the success of opportunity zones and the importance of school choice and education freedom. Dena calls for conservatives to actively engage with the Black community and share positive stories and messages. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

The Challenges with EVs with Bob Norton

Wednesday, January 31

In this episode, Alfredo & Elaine interview Bob Norton, the Vice President and General Counsel of Hillsdale College. They discuss the mission and background of Hillsdale College, the challenges and concerns with student loan forgiveness, and the realities of transitioning to electric vehicles. Bob shares his perspective on the importance of a free market, the limitations of electric vehicles, and the potential environmental and economic consequences of battery disposal. The conversation highlights the need for transparency and informed decision-making in education and transportation. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Cutting Taxes with Grover Norquist

Friday, January 26

In this episode, Grover Norquist discusses the importance of continuing pro-growth tax reductions and the need to extend tax cuts now. He addresses the pushback on the tax cut deal and emphasizes the importance of building support for reforms. Grover also highlights the wins in cutting IRS agents and shares success stories of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He discusses the prospects of making tax cuts permanent and the political expedience of the corporate tax rate. Grover explores the positive impacts of state-level tax cuts and the power of federalism. He emphasizes that spending is the problem and the importance of growth. Grover also addresses deficits and the danger of tax hike commissions. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new. episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Spending Wisely with Lee Rizzuto

Wednesday, January 24

In this conversation, Lee Rizzuto joins James Bowers and Jordan Bruneau to discuss the impact of debt and the need for a more responsible approach to foreign aid. He emphasizes the importance of identifying market situations and reading into people's needs and opportunities. Lee suggests that foreign aid should be given as loans rather than grants, with the expectation of repayment. He highlights the wastefulness of interest payments and the need for accountability in spending. Lee also discusses the need for a balanced budget and reevaluating department budgets to cut unnecessary expenses. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Revving Up with Lauren Fix

Friday, January 19

In this interview, car and automotive industry expert Lauren Fix discusses various topics related to the auto industry, including electric vehicles, government control, affordability, extended warranties, and the impacts of the auto industry strike. Takeaways Electric vehicles have improved over the years, but charging infrastructure remains a challenge, and consumers are hesitant to invest in EVs due to limited charging options. Government mandates and pressure to push electric vehicles are driven by control rather than propulsion, and consumers should have the choice to opt for alternative options like hybrids or hydrogen-powered vehicles. Affordability is a significant concern, as the average cost of an electric vehicle is higher than that of a gasoline-powered car, and government incentives and subsidies may not be sustainable in the long run. When considering extended warranties, it is essential to do thorough research and understand the coverage, deductibles, and repair processes offered by different warranty providers. The auto industry strike had significant impacts on the industry, with dealerships struggling to sell electric vehicles and offering discounts to move inventory. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

The $16 BLT with Brian Will

Wednesday, January 17

In this episode, Brian Will discusses the impact of Bidenomics and inflation on small businesses. He shares his background as an entrepreneur and provides insights on selling a business. Brian also talks about his book, 'I Give Dumb Kids Hope,' which highlights alternative paths to success. The conversation touches on the college debt problem and the challenges faced by restaurant owners, including rising prices and labor costs. Brian emphasizes the importance of managing core metrics and offers advice for small business owners. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Joe Biden's War on Small Businesses with Steve Moore

Friday, January 12

In this episode, Alfredo & Elaine are joined by Steve Moore to discuss the state of the economy in 2023 and the potential outlook for 2024. They highlight the importance of tax cuts for small businesses and the negative impact of Biden's policies on the economy. The conversation also covers the reality of inflation and rising prices, the struggle to find workers, and the concerns of rising debt. They emphasize the need for a balanced budget amendment and the negative impact of regulations on small businesses. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

FLASHBACK: An In-Depth Conversation with Alex Acosta

Wednesday, January 10

In this episode of Main Street Matters, Secretary Alex Acosta discusses various topics related to small businesses and labor. He shares his personal journey and emphasizes the importance of hard work and work ethic. The decline of free speech on college campuses and the impact of wokeness on higher education are also discussed. Secretary Acosta highlights the decline in labor force participation and the consequences of government benefits on work ethic. The challenges faced by association health plans and the concerns of ESG and corporate governance are addressed as well. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

The Great Opportunity Party...

Friday, January 5

This episode of Main Street Matters features a panel discussion on the Great Opportunity Project, which explores the idea of rebranding the Republican Party as the Great Opportunity Party. The panelists discuss the impact of conservative free market policies, the role of states in governance, and the importance of candidate quality. They also delve into the issue of abortion and how it should be addressed by the party. The episode highlights the need to educate and advocate for free enterprise principles and the challenges of competing with the well-organized opposition. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

Health Care for You

Wednesday, January 3

This episode of Main Street Matters focuses on health care reform and free market opportunities to reduce the cost of health care for small business owners and all Americans. JCN Gala Panelists discuss the failures of Obamacare and the need for fundamental reform in the health care system. They introduce the concept of Health Care for You, a patient-centered health care plan that aims to provide more choice, competition, and affordability. The panelists also highlight the benefits of association health care plans and the importance of price transparency in driving down costs. They emphasize the need to remove politicians and bureaucrats from the health care system and empower doctors and patients to make medical decisions. The conversation focuses on the problems and potential solutions in the healthcare system. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

The Dangers of Bidenomics with Newt Gingrich

Friday, December 29

This episode of Main Street Matters features a highlight from the Job Creators Network Summit and Gala, where former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, discusses the dangers of Bidenomics and the state of the economy. He presents the Job Creators Network American Small Business Prosperity Plan, emphasizing the importance of small businesses and the need to combat big government socialism. Gingrich also addresses the issues of radical education, incompetence in the education system, and the rise of leftist power structures. He highlights the threats of internal and foreign crises and the flaws of modern liberalism. Main Street Matters is part of the Salem Podcast Network - new episodes debut every Wednesday & Friday. For more information visit JobCreatorsNetwork.com

A JCN Chamber of Commerce Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, December 27

In this conversation, Alfredo Ortiz, CEO of Job Creators Network & Manny Rosales, is joined by Oscar Mejías, President and CEO of the Hispanic Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, and Julian Cañete, President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. They discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by small businesses, particularly Hispanic-owned businesses, in their respective regions. The conversation covers topics such as access to capital, overregulation, energy costs, and government contracting. The guests also highlight the importance of partnerships and collaboration in supporting small businesses and advocating for favorable legislation. They share their plans for 2024, including initiatives focused on business growth, technology assistance, and workforce development. The conversation covers various topics related to small businesses and the Hispanic community.