Archive: July 15, 2007 - July 21, 2007

Proposal May Hurt Office-Supply Firms

Small businesses that provide nearly 80 percent of government-purchased office supplies may be in danger of losing their contracts if a General Service Administration proposal takes effect. The agency has recommended that office supplies be eliminated from the Global Supply Stock Program, which is a one-stop shop for government purchasers...

By Sharon McLoone | July 20, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Small Business Advocates Push Credit Card Reform

Many small businesses are foregoing bank loans and turning to credit cards as a means to run their operations, and that could mean trouble, according to small business advocates. "There has been a wave of bank consolidation and many small business owners are less likely to have access to an...

By Sharon McLoone | July 19, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Networking Group Pairs Start-ups With Pros

TiE-DC, a Washington-based group of executives, is an innovation engine that has been fueling start-ups and entrepreneurs in the national capital region for the last 10 years. The organization is the local chapter of the global outfit The Innovative Ecosystem, but was formed as the Indian CEO High Tech Council...

By Sharon McLoone | July 18, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I ... Export

It is 5 a.m. I can hear that my one year old is ready to get up. I go into his room and hand him a stuffed deer, which I bought in Colorado, although it was made in Vermont. I change his diaper, made in China, and walk across the...

By Sharon McLoone | July 17, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

SCORE's Business Plan Workshop -- July 26

SCORE, a group that bills itself as the "counselors to America's small business" is hosting a workshop on writing a business plan later this month in Washington, D.C. The $50 fee will get you into a workshop designed to help an entrepreneur prepare a professional business plan. The class covers...

By Sharon McLoone | July 16, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Green Conferencing Is Smart Business for Va. Firm

The glass-walled offices of Harlan Lee & Associates look out over thick, leafy green trees that partially obscure a colorful playground below. The site is like a cool drink of water that drowns out the gleaming metal and constant hum of traffic in the Northern Virginia edge city of Tysons...

By Sharon McLoone | July 16, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)


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