More public credit, that is, for their contribution to the global economy, as well as the bank credit they need to survive and grow. Small businesses – like Berkshire Publishing – create jobs and sustain communities. More than 50% of Americans work in small businesses. And small businesses, I’ve learned today, are more likely to delay laying people off, and they make much more effort to bring people back when times are better. I wonder what would happen if the U.S. government bailout money were to be directed to small- and medium-sized enterprises? Some of us would be able to create new jobs because we’re more nimble and more creative than the big guys. Here’s an article from Business Week about “What Layoffs Mean.”