Archive: August 5, 2007 - August 11, 2007

How Do I... Take a Vacation

August in Washington means vacation for many people -- many people other than small business owners. "Vacation for a small business means you can lose business," said Lyn Beer, owner of Kitchen Quest, a one-woman firm in Vienna, Va. While Beer didn't take a vacation for 10 years after starting...

By Sharon McLoone | August 10, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiting for a Green Light from Arlington County

EnviroCAB plans to make history, but first it needs to obtain a license to operate from Virginia's Arlington County. The company plans to be the nation's first "carbon negative" taxi service, which means it will reduce its fleet's "carbon footprint" -- the amount of carbon dioxide that it emits over...

By Sharon McLoone | August 9, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Take Note of New Tax Breaks for Small Firms

Although taxes may not be the first thing on your mind in August, a new package of tax breaks for small businesses took effect late last month that will impact your 2007 filings and beyond. Owners of small entities now can take a greater deduction for new purchases. Under a...

By Sharon McLoone | August 7, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

How Do You Name a Store? Gingerly.

What's in a name? For a clothing retailer, a lot. Sure, retailing is about location and hard work, but it's also about image. Gretchen Hitchner spent months thinking about the name for her soon-to-open women's boutique, which will be located in Bethesda Row. She had opened a similar spot in...

By Sharon McLoone | August 6, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (4)


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