Archive: February 17, 2008 - February 23, 2008

Small Biz Chairwoman Slams SBA Plan

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee. (Photo by AP) The chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee sent a letter today to the Small Business Administration requesting that the agency rethink its proposal that would change the way women-owned businesses receive federal contract assistance....

By Sharon McLoone | February 22, 2008; 4:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Fresh Look at Business.gov

The government Web site Business.gov, which offers an array of resources for small businesses, has been updated to include state and local search capabilities. Small business owners now can search for information from state and local government Web sites, as well as federal Web sites, from a single search box....

By Sharon McLoone | February 22, 2008; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

SBA Office Urges More Data on Women-Owned Firms

The Small Business Administration should consider revisiting its recent proposal that reclassifies how women-owned small businesses could better get a slice of the government-contracting pie. So says the SBA's Office of Advocacy, an independent office housed within the agency, in a letter released Wednesday. The SBA's proposal released at the...

By Sharon McLoone | February 21, 2008; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Small Firms Gather Steam During Election Season

George Cloutier, a small business spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is part of a movement unfurling that aims to educate the public about the importance of small firms in this presidential election season. Cloutier stopped by washingtonpost.com offices last month to talk about his proposal to create a...

By Sharon McLoone | February 20, 2008; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Which Way Do You Slice It?

After a Sunday morning swim I often swing by a small bakery to grab a cup of coffee and a slice of bread. I became hooked on Great Harvest Bread after the store enticed me with its free, made-from-scratch slices. The free slices aren't skimpy - usually at least an...

By Sharon McLoone | February 20, 2008; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Zero to $1 Million

iContact CEO Ryan Allis. (Photo courtesy of FSB Associates) Ryan Allis founded iContact in 2002 after meeting his business partner Aaron Houghton at a meeting of the Carolina Entrepreneurship Club. Today, the Durham, N.C.-based firm is a venture capital-backed company with more than 80 employees and $11 million in...

By Sharon McLoone | February 19, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (5)

Group Seeks To Put Small Biz in Prez Spotlight

Hey Obama! Hey Clinton! Hey McCain! Psst, over here. Some members of the small business community are ticked off that small firms, which create the greatest number of new jobs in the nation and comprise 99 percent of all employers, are getting little attention during this presidential campaign season. To...

By Sharon McLoone | February 18, 2008; 9:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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