As a former franchising company founder, I’ve always closely watched the business cycles. Amazingly enough, the franchising arm of such a company actually sells more franchises during a downturn and as the economic recovery progresses. There are simply more people out of work, looking for something to do, perhaps disenfranchised with corporate America or willing to take the plunge into their own small business. Okay so, let’s talk because I see some potential trends coming.First, I see in the US that 2013 could be a great year to start a small business or sell franchises. It might also be a good time for business models which cater to smaller companies perhaps providing them the goods and services they need as well. In the fall of 2012 Hewlett Packard kept running TV commercials with an interesting theme; “It’s not what you do, but how you do it,” and then had small businesses using their products to increase their marketing and positive image. Powerful and catchy commercial and right on queue the way I see it (good market timing).In fact, HP is really busy pushing their products for small businesses, and our politic here in the US after the election will have to focus on small businesses, as they are the major job engine. Why you ask? Because once the big budget cuts start coming, our government will be flowing fewer dollars to the big-boys, and they will be laying off, more “franchise buyers” which is a positive trend for the franchising industry. But it is also a good trend for small business supporting companies, technology, and equipment of all type.A little modifications in the tax code for investment tax credits and we might see the economy add jobs once again at a record clip. That’s my guess, and all they have to do is implement such programs and reduce onerous regulations, which has been the barrier for small business growth up until now. Depending on Obama Care, some small businesses may not be able to hire people, but these entrepreneurs will be at least hiring themselves and family members at first, this takes people out of the unemployment problem, even if they’ve been off the actual lists for a while.Truly, the only real hang-up has that I’ve seen for all this to take place previously has been the massive reduced regulations for the little guy, and if we reduce that we can keep the recovery moving. Governments at the state and federal level have no choice, thus, that is where the “flow” will concentrate and the government will get more bang for their buck. The corporations will follow, it’s going to be a big market, as all these new businesses will need things. Then big companies will free up capital to get their factories spinning, business units humming, and outlets staffed. Please consider all this and think on it.