Archive: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

Lawmaker Takes Steps to Reform Credit-Card Industry

As more small firms turn to credit cards as a means to finance their businesses, lawmakers and others are more closely examining the need for more transparency in the credit-card industry. The chair of a House subcommittee overseeing financial issues on Friday offered four principles to serve as the foundation...

By Sharon McLoone | August 3, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Sweet Smell Of ... Rising Gas Prices

Getting asters to Arlington and phlox to Fairfax is all part of a day's work for the Metropolitan Florists' Delivery Cooperative, one of the oldest delivery pool services in the country. It's also a way small companies can save money on gas. The 1970s gas crises and resulting price spikes...

By Sharon McLoone | August 3, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

How Do I ... Sign an Office Lease?

If a small business owner is ready to step out from the home office to office space, he or she will have to negotiate the murky language of a commercial real-estate lease. Kathleen McDermott, an attorney based in Northern Virginia who works with start-ups and small businesses in negotiating commercial...

By Sharon McLoone | August 2, 2007; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's Dinner Time, Preheat the Stove and Log On

Some good ideas need to simmer for a while and some need to stew, but Aviva Goldfarb knows how to dish it out. The Chevy Chase, Md., resident took her cooking hobby and turned it into a bustling business. Goldfarb is the author of the Six O'Clock Scramble, a weekly...

By Sharon McLoone | August 1, 2007; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Software Group, Government Aim to Educate About Piracy

The Business Software Alliance has teamed up with the Small Business Administration to educate small firms on software compliance. They are distributing "Software Strategies for Small Businesses: Best Practices for Software Compliance (pdf)" to more than 100,000 small businesses through SBA's network of field offices and resource partners across the...

By Sharon McLoone | July 31, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Capitol Hill Grab Bag

There's been a handful of interesting developments on Capitol Hill during the last couple of weeks that could affect small businesses. It's a mixed bag - some of the issues affect small businesses in general and some may affect just a portion, but I pass them along in case they...

By Sharon McLoone | July 31, 2007; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Project Varsity Shoots for Success

The fans go wild! That's what Trevor Goss is hoping for next month when he plans to launch a new sports networking Web site for the high school athletic community. "There are many athletes, coaches, fans, journalists and college recruiters out there who want to share photos, videos, data and...

By Sharon McLoone | July 30, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

 

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