Archive: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

IRS Shortens Extension Period for Certain Businesses

The IRS this week announced it has shortened the extension period for filers who have to report on documents affecting partnerships, S corporations, estates and trusts. Income, deductions and credits from partnerships, S corps, estates and trusts are reported to partners, investors and beneficiaries on Schedules K-1 (pdf) and other...

By Sharon McLoone | July 3, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Maryland Offers Health Plan Subsidy for Micro Firms

The state of Maryland has launched a new health insurance program targeted to businesses with two to nine full-time employees. Through the initiative, an employer will receive a subsidy for the insurance in the form of lower premium payments. The business can then pass the savings along to employees in...

By Sharon McLoone | July 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Branding Is Key When Breaking Into New Markets

Firms considering outreach to the Hispanic market should put some considerable thought into a branding strategy, according to an advertising expert who spoke in Washington last week. Luis Vasquez-Ajmac discussed advertising and marketing to the Hispanic community at a Greater Washington Board of Trade event I attended at the National...

By Sharon McLoone | July 1, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (5)

Did FlexPetz Bite Off More Than It Can Chew?

A small, successful start-up that offers customers the ability to rent a dog for a day is running into problems in Boston. If you've got a hankering to take a Fifi, Fido or Spot for a walk, but can't commit to making a dog your own, dog rental service FlexPetz...

By Sharon McLoone | June 30, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (7)

Musical Chairs at the SBA

Top Small Business Administration official Anoop Prakash is leaving the agency to join his former boss, Steven Preston, who is now the head of the Housing and Urban Development Agency. Prakash is the SBA's associate administrator for entrepreneurial development and will become a senior advisor to Preston at HUD, according...

By Sharon McLoone | June 30, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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