Archive: November 25, 2007 - December 1, 2007

Small Business on Capitol Hill (and Beyond)

Here is the Small Business blog's monthly roundup of legislation, regulation and other government activity affecting small businesses: Legislation * A new bill addressing small business lending and oversight was introduced by the chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate's small business committee. Panel Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Olympia...

By Sharon McLoone | November 30, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

One Less Children's Bookstore

A Likely Story, a small independent children's bookstore in Alexandria's Old Town district rang in the holiday season by shutting its doors after 23 years. The Virginia shop closed for good Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving. In the shop's final newsletter, the owner Dinah Paul wrote: "We will miss...

By Sharon McLoone | November 29, 2007; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Small Business Events

Here are some programs and calendar events of interest to the small business community: Nominations Open for High School Entrepreneurs The National Federation of Independent Business has opened nominations for its 2008 Young Entrepreneur Awards. It's the sixth annual scholarship program for high school seniors designed "to promote and encourage...

By Sharon McLoone | November 28, 2007; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I... Give a Gift on a Busy Schedule?

Financial advisers often have sage advice. When I went to see one a few years ago, she told me the number one thing that people forget to include in their annual budgets was the cost of gifts throughout the year. Between birthdays, babies and the holiday season, an individual or...

By Sharon McLoone | November 27, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Entrepreneurs Turn to Franchises

Franchises are becoming an increasingly popular way to start a business without totally flying solo. Today, there are more than 3,000 franchise brands that span 230 different types of businesses, according to a new study (pdf) from a unit of the International Franchise Association. The fast-food category still remains king,...

By Sharon McLoone | November 26, 2007; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (1)


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