Archive: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Number of Small Business Loans Increases

The number of small business loans under $1 million increased by 15 percent from June 2006 to June 2007, according to a report (pdf) released today. A total of 8,633 institutions made 24.5 million loans valued at $685 billion. This compares to about 21 million loans valued at $634 billion...

By Sharon McLoone | June 13, 2008; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (4)

Arlington Paves Way for Small Business Kiosks

Arlington County is paving the way for permanent kiosks to be installed in urban areas, especially around Metro stations. The Washington Post's Brigid Schulte outlined the county's plans for small businesses and landowners. The idea is not only to enliven county streets but also to create more opportunities for small...

By Sharon McLoone | June 13, 2008; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calendar of Events

JUNE 17 Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs from Spotsylvania County and environs are invited to the Entrepreneur Express: Moving Your Business Forward, a hands-on workshop designed to deliver information on business resources. The free event is coordinated by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance and sponsored by the Spotsylvania County...

By Sharon McLoone | June 12, 2008; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Bill Would Create Standard Home-Office Deduction

Legislation introduced this week by Rep. John McHugh (R- N.Y.) would make it easier for home businesses to deduct home office expenses by offering a $1,500 standard deduction to eligible taxpayers. The Home Office Deduction Simplification Act (H.R. 6214) also would require that the amount be indexed for inflation. The...

By Sharon McLoone | June 11, 2008; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

McCain Courts Small Business Owners in Economic Speech

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain spoke to small business owners yesterday, outlining his stance on the economy. In his speech to members of the National Federation of Independent Business, he said it's a tough time for the economy, workers and families, making job creation among small firms critical. Sen....

By Sharon McLoone | June 11, 2008; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Former Ebay CEO Urges Action on Small Business Issues

Former eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman told small business owners at the National Federation of Independent Business conference Monday that taxes, health care, education and frivolous lawsuits are some of the most pressing issues that must be dealt with by government leaders today. "We live in a hyperfast and...

By Sharon McLoone | June 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

AARP Helps Small Firms Advocate for Health Care Reform

The National Federation of Independent Business has teamed up with the largest advocacy group for older Americans to aggressively push health-care reform in Congress. AARP President Bill Novelli noted at NFIB's Washington conference today that while the two groups previously were at odds over health legislation, they have found common...

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

EHealth Joins with Advocacy Group to Offer Insurance Option

A partnership announced this morning by eHealth and a small business advocacy group seeks to fix a common problem facing many small businesses: the lack of health insurance. EHealth, an online firm offering health insurance for small businesses, individuals and families, has partnered with the National Federation of Independent Business...

By Sharon McLoone | June 9, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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