Archive: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Do I Need a Board of Advisors?

Jumi Kim's thoughts about how to build her business race as fast as the Bentley, Lamborghini and Aston Martin luxury cars that are available for customers to drive at her exotic car rental company. Kim started the firm, Capital Dream Cars, with her husband Eugene Kim -- who has been...

By Sharon McLoone | April 11, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Calendar of Events

Here's a smattering of small business events throughout April and May. If you have any relevant events you'd like to include in upcoming postings, please e-mail APRIL 11 University of Maryland's Cupid Cup, an annual business competition showcasing young entrepreneurs from the University of Maryland. 11 Application deadline for...

By Sharon McLoone | April 10, 2008; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small Businesses Grapple with Outdated Tax Code

The small business community is rapidly become the nation's Mighty Mouse. As the economy falters and large firms are downsizing, more entrepreneurs are springing up. But as their ranks grow so do their obstacles -- lack of affordable health care and rising gas prices to name a few, along with...

By Sharon McLoone | April 9, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Web Chat with Head of the Small Business Administration

Small Business Readers -- Please join me for a Web chat with the head of the Small Business Administration on Monday, Apr. 14 at 10 a.m. SBA chief Steven Preston will be online to answer your questions about the current climate for small businesses and to preview National Small Business...

By Sharon McLoone | April 9, 2008; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Banks Tighten Lending to Small Businesses

Virginia's Arlington County has seen a tightening of bank lending to small firms over the last six months and attributes it partly to the mortgage industry crisis. Tara Miles, who helps start-ups as part of her job with the county's economic development division, said she's seen a drop in the...

By Sharon McLoone | April 8, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

You Can't Buy Happiness, but You Can Rent It for Awhile

Marie Kerwan was a high-ranking sales executive in information technology, successful and well-paid -- but totally dismayed. The Alexandria, Va., resident was "burnt out," by her job, she said, and took time off while trying to figure out what to do next. She had an itch to move into the...

By Sharon McLoone | April 7, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)


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