Archive: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Small Business on Capitol Hill (and Beyond)

Here is the Small Business blog's monthly roundup of legislation, regulation and other government activity affecting small businesses. Both Earth Day and National Small Business Week occurred in April, and much of the activity centered on those events. Legislation The House approved legislation reauthorizing programs that provide federal support for...

By Sharon McLoone | May 9, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Business for the Dogs

Check out Tom Heath's latest post over on the WashBiz blog about the Canine Fitness Center, a small business that's all about man's best friend. Entrepreneurs Maury and Lynn Chaput opened the Canine Fitness Center in Crownsville, Md., after their beloved dog Shadow tore a muscle in his leg and...

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

May Is a Good Time to Reassess Your Shipping Needs

While most small businesses choose to use e-mail or cell phones for quick communication, those who still use snail mail will soon be feeling the pain in their wallets. The U.S. Postal Service is increasing shipping rates beginning May 12. The cost of sending a first-class letter will go up...

By Sharon McLoone | May 7, 2008; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Study: Energy Costs a Challenge for Some Small Firms

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy released a study late last month that examined energy costs. Characterization and Analysis of Small Business Energy Costs explores whether rising energy costs are harming small business growth. The analysis found that small entities in the manufacturing and construction sectors pay higher prices...

By Sharon McLoone | May 5, 2008; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)


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