Archive: September 30, 2007 - October 6, 2007

Helping Clients Put Their Best Foot Forward

There's no doubt about who wears the pants at Maryann Bastnagel's small business -- all 14 pairs of the good black ones that are her signature outfit. Image consultant Maryann Bastnagel. As a professional image and wardrobe consultant, Bastnagel has built up a clientele among some of Washington's movers and...

By Sharon McLoone | October 5, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Green Tax Holiday in Virginia

Virginia is offering consumers the ability to purchase certain energy efficient products tax-free this weekend. All retailers of these products must take part in the sales-tax holiday. The governor signed legislation to create the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, which will run from Friday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 8....

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

Virginia Couple Has Designs on New Business

(Editor's Note: Due to privacy concerns, information about the location of Three Potato Four's business operations has been modified since the article was first published.) One potato, two potato, three potato four, how can I get this shop off the floor? Eli and Morales at the computer in their "office"...

By Sharon McLoone | October 2, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small Firms Keep an Eye on High Court Cases

The Supreme Court term that opened today will see the justices weigh a handful of cases involving large corporations that could have big repercussions for small business. Hall Street Associates v. Mattel concerns arbitration awards. The National Federation of Independent Businesses asked the judges in a friend-of-the-court brief to allow...

By Sharon McLoone | October 1, 2007; 5:09 PM ET | Comments (1)


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