Archive: September 16, 2007 - September 22, 2007

Hill Hearings Scrutinize SBA for Not Implementing Programs

Lawmakers this week lambasted the Small Business Administration for repeatedly failing to comply with laws designed to aid women-owned businesses. House Small Business Committee Chairwomen Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) grilled SBA Deputy Administrator Jovita Carranza, saying the agency is sending the message "we're not interested in doing business with women." Velazquez...

By Sharon McLoone | September 21, 2007; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Kerry Previews Women's Business Hearing

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who chairs the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, previewed his upcoming hearing on women's procurement and other business issues at a luncheon today. "Some of my colleagues have perhaps not completely either woken up to the fact or become aware of the fact that women represent...

By Sharon McLoone | September 19, 2007; 5:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Clinton Touts Health Care Plan to Small Firms

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) spoke to hundreds of women business leaders today, pushing the benefits her healthcare plan has for small businesses. "One of the decisions that I made based on all the work that I've done, all the scars that I've acquired... is that I wanted to have...

By Sharon McLoone | September 19, 2007; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Update: EnviroCAB Gets Green Light

Virginia's Arlington County last night granted enviroCAB, the right to operate an all-hybrid vehicle taxi fleet. The firm, which I profiled last month, expects to have its Ford Escape or Toyota Prius cars on the road by December. "We are thrilled to be given the go ahead to be able...

By Sharon McLoone | September 19, 2007; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nurturing New Businesses

While the drills are drilling, the hammers are hammering and the dust is flying, new ideas are being created at the Rockville Innovation Center. The business incubator, which opened in July, smells like new paint, sawdust and fresh ideas. A tour of the facility last month shows some firms already...

By Sharon McLoone | September 19, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

U Street Firms Convert to Clean Energy

Clean Currents, a broker of alternative energy sources like wind power that I wrote about earlier this month, has signed a deal with a group of businesses in Washington's U Street neighborhood in Northwest. The firms will switch their source of electricity to 100 percent renewable wind power in an...

By Sharon McLoone | September 18, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Women's Business Centers in the Spotlight

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are turning their sights to women's business issues with an eye on Women's Business Centers (pdf), a program partly funded by the Small Business Administration. The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee has scheduled a Sept. 20 hearing on the future of women's small business programs...

By Sharon McLoone | September 17, 2007; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Entrepreneur Center To Host Open House

The University of Maryland's business school, which has a special center designed to cultivate entrepreneurs, is having an open house. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the Robert H. Smith Business School, is opening its doors to individuals interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and the center's resources. It...

By Sharon McLoone | September 17, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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