Archive: May 18, 2008 - May 24, 2008

Report: HUBZone Program Basically Ineffective

A government program designed to award federal contracts to small businesses in disadvantaged areas has grown significantly since its inception in 2000, but has not generated enough contract dollars to have a national impact, according to a new study (pdf) released today. While the program has the potential to be...

By Sharon McLoone | May 23, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Behind the scenes, small retailers are juggling many issues, often leaving their store in the hands of an employee to operate the cash register, monitor the floor and help customers. Employees need to follow company policies, but how much flexibility should they have when it comes to customer service? I...

By Sharon McLoone | May 22, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

SBA Advocacy Office Pushes for Greater Autonomy

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy is applauding (pdf) new legislation that would give it greater autonomy from its agency parent and codify an executive order requiring all federal agencies to consider the impact on small businesses when crafting regulations. For about the last 30 years, the advocacy office...

By Sharon McLoone | May 20, 2008; 1:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

SEC Proposes New Filing Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week said it plans to formally propose that public firms must use a specific new technology to get information to investors faster -- and yes, the plan would eventually apply to public small businesses. The proposed rule would require that all U.S. companies provide...

By Sharon McLoone | May 19, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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