Archive: January 27, 2008 - February 2, 2008

SEC Agrees to Compliance Delay While It Conducts Study

The Securities and Exchange Commission has agreed to a one-year extension of small businesses' compliance with 2002 financial regulations - a plan that the agency's chairman announced in December before the House Small Business Committee. The extension would apply to smaller public companies beginning with fiscal years ending on or...

By Sharon McLoone | February 1, 2008; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

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: Senate Democratic leaders postponed action until next week on the much talked about plan intended to stimulate the nation's economy. The version agreed to by House legislators includes several provisions applauded by...

By Sharon McLoone | February 1, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Small Firm Finds Big Business on Wall Street

While Wall Street generally conjures up images of power suits, big money and country club soft sells, there are small firms that have managed to carve out niches to serve the nation's powerbrokers by weaving themselves into the fabric of the Wall Street economy. The demand for independent researchers has...

By Sharon McLoone | February 1, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Study: Most Small Firms Don't Offer Health Insurance

Healthcare costs are a perennial burden for small businesses and a new poll released today finds that 77 percent of small business owners do not offer health insurance to their employees. Discover Business Card's survey also found that 39 percent of small business owners said the cost of health care...

By Sharon McLoone | January 28, 2008; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

State of the Union and State of Small Businesses

Tonight President Bush will deliver his seventh and likely final State of the Union address to the nation. A front-page story in The Washington Post reports that the nation's leader is expected to focus on the economy and the war in Iraq. However, the story notes, the president may...

By Sharon McLoone | January 28, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (1)


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