Archive: September 2, 2007 - September 8, 2007

Small Inventors Wary of House-Passed Patent Bill

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to update the nation's patent system, legislation that has many small inventors worried that it will harm their ability to innovate. About 40 percent of the nation's patents are held by small businesses, according to the Innovation Alliance, a group made...

By Sharon McLoone | September 7, 2007; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

SmartCEO Seeks Fast Growing DC-Baltimore Firms

SmartCEO magazine, a monthly publication focusing on businesses around the Baltimore and Washington area, is accepting nominations for its Future 50 fast-growing firms issue. SmartCEO will profile selected firms from various industries in its January issue and congratulate them at an awards ceremony. To be eligible, a company must be...

By Sharon McLoone | September 6, 2007; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ruling in ADA Case Is Victory for Small Firms

A federal court last week ruled in favor of small business owners when it found that a case filed against a Southern California restaurant was without merit. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals sided with the Mandarin Touch Restaurant, determining that the plaintiff and his attorney were taking up...

By Sharon McLoone | September 6, 2007; 8:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

House Clears 2 Small Business Bills

The House yesterday afternoon passed two small business bills -- one aiming to help small firms gain a larger voice in trade negotiations and the other reforming a loan program administered by the Small Business Administration. The SBA Trade Programs Act (H.R. 2992) would require the agency's international trade office...

By Sharon McLoone | September 5, 2007; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Green Energy Firm of Five Hopes to Convert 5,000

Clean Currents, a "clean energy" broker is finalizing a joint marketing partnership with Washington Gas Energy Services to offer 5,000 residents throughout eligible portions of Maryland and the District of Columbia the option of powering their homes via wind and other renewable energy sources. Clean Current's Gary Skulnik in front...

By Sharon McLoone | September 4, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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