Archive: September 23, 2007 - September 29, 2007

House Passes Controversial Small Biz Bill

The House passed a controversial bill Thursday night that would enable small firms that have venture capital backing to qualify for all federal small business programs, including procurement contracts and special research grants. The measure swiftly scooted through the approval process since Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) introduced it Sept. 18....

By Sharon McLoone | September 28, 2007; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

SBA Seeks Input for Regulation Reform

The Small Business Administration is looking for input from small firms to help it identify federal regulations that should be revised because they are ineffective, duplicative or outdated. To that end, the SBA's Office of Advocacy launched the Regulatory Review and Reform Initiative, or "r3" on Friday. Any small business...

By Sharon McLoone | September 28, 2007; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vintage Networking

Wine lovers aren't hard to find in the nation's capital, where fine vintages (and even the cheap stuff) are served up regularly on the K Street cocktail party circuit and on back decks and living rooms across the capital region. So it's a bit of a surprise that the Traveling...

By Sharon McLoone | September 28, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small Business on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers and others in the Capitol Hill community are in full swing this month addressing small business issues. Here are some highlights of recent action on the Hill: Health Insurance: Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Wally Herger (R-Calif.) late last night introduced legislation aiming to improve an entrepreneur's ability to...

By Sharon McLoone | September 26, 2007; 1:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Boosting Team Spirit Via Toddler Seats

The Harden family was strolling through Chapel Hill one rainy day, revisiting the place where Boyd Harden earned two academic degrees from the University of North Carolina. He was pushing along a stroller carrying his young daughter, who was protected from the showers by a plastic rain cover. He was...

By Sharon McLoone | September 25, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Resources for Entrepreneurs

The National Business Incubation Association wants to pass along two new resources for entrepreneurs: For businesses looking to gain a foothold into foreign markets, peruse market research on ExportNavigator. The Web site is offered by the Federation of International Trade Associations, which says that the 10,000 market surveys on the...

By Sharon McLoone | September 24, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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