Archive: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

SBA Refutes Critics' Allegations

The Small Business Administration is defending itself from critics' claims in a recent New York Times article blaming the agency for lingering problems, including failure to provide a greater availability of loans. The article by Elizabeth Olson cited various disgruntled small business groups who criticized the agency and said its...

By Sharon McLoone | June 20, 2008; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hooray for (Kids) Books

The cover of the New Yorker this month depicts a delivery man handing an package to a young woman standing in her apartment doorway. She looks sheepishly at her next-door neighbor who is unlocking the door to his small bookstore and witnessing the transaction. This illustration may capture the...

By Sharon McLoone | June 19, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

FCC Extends 'Do-Not-Call' Registry

The popular national "Do-Not-Call" registry designed to stop unwanted telemarketers from calling consumers has been extended by the government agency overseeing the nation's communications systems. The previous rules said the registrations would expire after five years. The registry was set to expire this month, but the Federal Communications Commission yesterday...

By Sharon McLoone | June 18, 2008; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Entrepreneur Creates Workplace for the Disabled

Debra Ruh's daughter Sara always wanted to be a nurse, but because she read on a kindergarten level when she was in the sixth grade, her parents knew that Sara's dreams may be out of reach. They looked into the possibility of Sara becoming a nurse's aide, but to take...

By Sharon McLoone | June 17, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Health Care Concerns Loom over Micro-Businesses

Improving the performance of America's health care system is one the nation's most important challenges, the chairman of the Federal Reserve said today, shortly before a micro-business advocacy group released data showing that health care's high cost continues to be a significant barrier to growth. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said...

By Sharon McLoone | June 16, 2008; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Small Business Owner Puts Technology in the Driver's Seat

Steve Mattie, president of a 13-employee firm that makes custom trailers, has capitalized on the introduction of new technologies to grow his business for nearly 20 years. His company, Transport Designs makes highly specialized trailers and souped-up motor homes from its base in Montoursville, Pa. From the outside, one of...

By Sharon McLoone | June 16, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (3)


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