Archive: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

Bus Service Offers $1 Trip from D.C. to N.Y.

I recently met some small business owners who were having trouble affording their frequent business trips between New York and Washington so I thought I'd pass along a tip: Have you heard of Bolt Bus? It's a new budget division of well-known transit company Greyhound that soon will service the...

By Sharon McLoone | March 14, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

IRS Releases List of Top Tax Scams for 2008

The IRS today released its list of the top "dirty dozen" tax scams, which affect businesses large and small. This year's list of the most egregious tax schemes is topped by Internet phishing, which is an online ploy to trick consumers into revealing their personal financial information. The agency reiterated...

By Sharon McLoone | March 13, 2008; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

President Bush Tips Hat to Small Firms

Small business and entrepreneurs got a nod from President Bush on Wednesday when he acknowledged their contributions to the nation in a speech at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual legislative conference in Washington. In his speech, Bush heavily promoted the impending free trade agreement with Colombia and pushed...

By Sharon McLoone | March 12, 2008; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Advocacy Group Aims to Energize Health Care Debate

A small-business lobbying group launched a campaign this morning focusing on comprehensive health care reform. As part of the "Solutions Start Here" effort unveiled at the National Press Club, the National Federation of Independent Business released a set of 10 small business principles for health care reform. Health care should...

By Sharon McLoone | March 12, 2008; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

SBA Launches Inner-City Initiative

The Small Business Administration on Tuesday announced that it has chosen 11 cities to participate in an initiative designed to stimulate jobs and growth while targeting inner-city small businesses. The Emerging 200 plan will begin in: Albuquerque, N.M.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; New...

By Sharon McLoone | March 12, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Starting Up Down on the Farm is a Communal Effort

While Silicon Valley is awash in stories of fresh-faced innovators tinkering to success in their garages, what kind of start-ups are springing up in family barns? On a recent drive to Dulles International airport, I began reminiscing about the many farms that dotted the landscape 25 years ago, when my...

By Sharon McLoone | March 11, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tax Time for Small Businesses

With the deadline for filing taxes just around the corner, The Washington Post on Sunday ran a special tax package on what filers need to know for preparing and sending their 2007 taxes. I wrote a piece for the package on what tax changes are in store for small businesses....

By Sharon McLoone | March 10, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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