Archive: February 3, 2008 - February 9, 2008

EnviroCAB Starts Its Engines

Small business EnviroCAB is rolling out its new fleet of environmentally friendly hybrid taxicabs Monday with an event in Arlington County's Courthouse Plaza in Virginia. The firm has spent the last year navigating its way through government bureaucracy to get the O.K. to start business. It will rev up its...

By Sharon McLoone | February 8, 2008; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Impact of Immigration on Hiring

Small business owners need to pay attention to immigration issues and closely scrutinize data offered by new hires to avoid suffering damages to their workforce, according to a panel of experts speaking at a conference Monday hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

By Sharon McLoone | February 7, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Bagging Plastic

Whole Foods, a grocery store with enough business brio that it has become a model for other retailers, is quitting plastic bags. As of Earth Day, Apr. 22, the national chain will no longer offer plastic bags to customers at the checkout counter. The company says its action will remove...

By Sharon McLoone | February 6, 2008; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

Community College Unveils Entrepreneur Program

The Northern Virginia Community College has launched a Career Studies Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship. It's a 26-credit program designed to prepare students to start and grow small businesses by providing instruction in entrepreneurial culture, strategy, operations, financial management, marketing and leadership. A student should be able to complete the program...

By Sharon McLoone | February 5, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senate Oversight Committee Criticizes SBA FY09 Budget

President Bush's fiscal 2009 budget proposal for the Small Business Administration asks for Congress to fund the agency at $657 million, a 15 percent increase over the 2008 request, but as the head of the agency noted in a Monday conference call, the devil is in the details. SBA chief...

By Sharon McLoone | February 4, 2008; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

It's Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

James Gray looks a little scruffy today - unshaven, rumpled T-shirt and dark circles under his eyes. That's in stark contrast to his bakery - a tiny, sparkling clean shop with robin's egg-blue walls and a décor he describes as "country chic." Dozen Cupcakes, the 700-square-foot shop in Pittsburgh's Squirrel...

By Sharon McLoone | February 4, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (6)


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