Archive: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

Bush Pushes Economy, Trade to Small Business Owners

President Bush spoke to small business owners this morning, touting the benefits of the economic stimulus package and using the opportunity to appeal to Congress to fix the tax code and pass free trade agreements. He opened his speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit in Washington...

By Sharon McLoone | April 18, 2008; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lawmakers React to SBA Head's Possible Move to HUD

Lawmakers showed mixed reaction to the president's intention to nominate Steven Preston, the head of the Small Business Administration, to the helm of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who heads the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, said he'll be "sorry to see him...

By Sharon McLoone | April 18, 2008; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: A Casualty of the Housing Crisis Finds a New Calling

We've been hearing a lot lately about how a floundering economy spurs the creation of entrepreneurs, so let's meet one. Scott Gordon Scott Gordon, 27, hung out his virtual shingle after he recently "got the ax" as he put it, from a large real estate firm -- part of the...

By Sharon McLoone | April 17, 2008; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small Business Group Sponsors Filmmaking Contest

A Washington-based small business advocacy group is hosting a contest for filmmakers, including aspiring ones, who answer the question "Why does small business work for America?" in a 30-second video clip. The winner gets $5,000 in cash and a paid trip to Washington for the National Federation of Independent Business's...

By Sharon McLoone | April 16, 2008; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small Firms Remain Optimistic, but Recession Looms

Most small businesses say the nation's state of economic uncertainty and lack of health insurance and available capital are the most significant challenges they face in growing and maintaining their businesses. The National Small Business Association released a study today that covers a broad range of business owners' opinions on...

By Sharon McLoone | April 16, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Pitch From the Heart: Student Entrepreneurs Compete For Funding

College freshman Kevin Kirk started selling accessories at dozens of local and regional girls' sporting events in 2005 when he was 16 years old. He now stands before a panel of multimillionaire businessmen explaining how he plans to expand his business, A Slice of Paradise, to mall kiosks throughout the...

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

SBA Chief Answers Your Questions

The head of the Small Business Administration, Steven Preston, fielded questions during a live Web chat on washingtonpost.com this morning. Here's a link to the transcript. He covered issues ranging from securing funding to health insurance. Take a look -- you may find some topics relevant to you and your...

By Sharon McLoone | April 14, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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