federal deficits affect interest rates, plain and simple. don't take my word for it, go look it up for yourself. If you don't understand how rising interest rates might affect the decisions you would make in running your business then I cannot help my friend. Borrowing money is the hallmark of growing a small business. If it costs more to do that then do you think the business owner just eats it or do you think he/she raises their prices to pass that along to the consumer?