Archive: August 12, 2007 - August 18, 2007

EnviroCAB Receives Recommendation for More Taxis

A quick update on a blog post I did a few weeks ago on enviroCAB - a proposed new taxi service in Arlington, Va., that would operate a fleet of hybrid-only vehicles. The company, announced today that it has received a recommendation from Arlington County Manager Ron Carlee to operate...

By Sharon McLoone | August 17, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Agencies Show Poor Contracting Achievements

More than half of government agencies did not successfully meet small business contracting goals in fiscal 2006, according to a scorecard released today by the Small Business Administration. The agency released its charter scorecard on the topic to provide greater transparency, integrity and accountability in improving opportunities for small contractors,...

By Sharon McLoone | August 17, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

MusiKids Strikes a Chord with Families

Cacophony enters a household with the arrival of children and sometimes at a fever pitch, but eventually and hopefully a melody is reached, which is how musiKids helps families harmonize. Lisa Flaxman, the firm's president and founder, took her natural talent as a songstress and educator to link parents and...

By Sharon McLoone | August 16, 2007; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

How Do I ... Comply With Disability Law (Part II)

There are two tax incentives to help businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act -- a credit and a deduction. The tax credit can only be used by small businesses, which the Internal Revenue Service says is one that has fewer than 30 employees or has grossed less than...

By Sharon McLoone | August 15, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I... Comply with Disability Law (Part 1)

Many owners of very small businesses erroneously believe that they are exempt from complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of the confusion stems from the law's requirements that a firm with 15 or more employees must take special measures to accommodate its disabled employees, but a business of...

By Sharon McLoone | August 14, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

GAO Reports Focus on Minority Businesses

The Defense and Treasury departments are among government entities that have been remiss in granting contracts to disadvantaged and minority-owned advertising agencies. A Government Accountability Office report (pdf) released Monday found that four federal departments and one agency paid more than $4 billion for advertising from fiscal 2001 to 2005, but did...

By Sharon McLoone | August 14, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reaction to the Minimum Wage Increase

The nation's federal minimum wage got a boost late last month and the small business community appears torn over its impact. H.R. 2 boosted the wage from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour beginning July 24. The minimum wage hike will be phased in to ultimately reach $7.25 in 2009. The...

By Sharon McLoone | August 13, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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