Archive: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Small Business - Smiling in the Face of Adversity

While joblessness is on the upswing and reports show that employers shed jobs in March, new data reveal that small firms are hiring. "It has to be tough to grow a business in this economic climate. It's like being a goldfish swimming upstream into a fire hose," said Michael Alter,...

By Sharon McLoone | April 4, 2008; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

SBA Seeking Input for New Web Portal

Got any ideas for how to better match small business lenders with prospective borrowers? The Small Business Administration wants to hear from you. The agency is asking the lending and business communities for input on how to make a Web site that would do a better job of showcasing available...

By Sharon McLoone | April 2, 2008; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prize Money Helps Tech Firm Expand Its Reach

ZaraCom Technologies, a developer of an artificial intelligence technology, is the winner of a business plan competition for women-owned firms that was sponsored by a Rockville, Md., economic development group. ZaraCom aids wireless carriers in identifying bottlenecks on their networks to better manage traffic flow. Its clients include telecom firms...

By Sharon McLoone | April 2, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I... Hire a Temp?

When the economy's looking bleak and unemployment is rising, that often means there's a bumper crop of workers available through temporary staffing firms, which can valuable to small businesses. Many job seekers are attracted to the benefits offered by temp agencies and hope to connect to the right job or...

By Sharon McLoone | April 1, 2008; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Two years ago, Heather Stouffer was like many full-time working moms in the metro area -- fighting congested traffic, racing home to see her family, sussing out how to deal with dinner and looking for quick and easy ways to make it all happen faster. Stouffer scoped out area supermarkets...

By Sharon McLoone | March 31, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Small Business Advocates Slam San Francisco Law

Some small business advocacy groups are riled up about a San Francisco health care law and are fighting to overturn it in the courts. The law, on the books since 2006, requires any private employer with more than 20 workers to contribute a minimum amount of money each quarter for...

By Sharon McLoone | March 31, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (8)


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