Archive: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

Small Firms Foil California Balloon Ban

The Save the Balloons Coalition, an organization of more than 20,000 florists, small retailers, grocers, unions and other concerns, has been successful in getting a state lawmaker to scale back his bill that would make it illegal to sell helium-filled foil balloons and instead require more consumer education on the...

By Sharon McLoone | July 18, 2008; 1:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voter Resource Group Slams McCain Over Tax Allegations

Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit resource for voters that aims to reduce confusion about topics discussed in U.S. politics, parsed Republican presidential aspirant John McCain's allegation that Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama would raise tax rates for 23 million small-business owners and concluded that it is a "false and preposterously inflated...

By Sharon McLoone | July 17, 2008; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (7)

Report: SBA Mismanages Billion Dollar HUBZone Program

The Small Business Administration relies on an outdated, inaccurate map to maintain its billion dollar HUBZone program that is rife with fraud, according to a government report (pdf) to be released Thursday at a House Small Business hearing. The House panel is holding the morning hearing to unveil the results...

By Sharon McLoone | July 17, 2008; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sen. Snowe Meets with SBA Nominee

The official process to get Santanu "Sandy" Baruah situated as head of the Small Business Administration is slowly moving along since President Bush announced his intention to nominate Baruah last month. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, met with Baruah...

By Sharon McLoone | July 16, 2008; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

How Do I...Deal With a Disaster?

Hurricane season is upon us, floods recently have ravaged places like Iowa and Wisconsin and wildfires have been burning some of California's most beautiful coast, so I thought I'd take a look at the resources available to help small firms prepare and recover from a disaster. I interviewed Admiral Steve...

By Sharon McLoone | July 16, 2008; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Poll: Small Firms Disgruntled with Feds

Small businesses say the federal government is not doing enough to help them, according to a new poll released Monday. Sixty-three percent of the 400 participants said the federal government was "doing nothing" to help small firms while 23 percent said it's "doing little." Seventy-eight percent said the economic stimulus...

By Sharon McLoone | July 15, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small Business Events Calendar

JULY 16 Cost Estimating for Construction Firms: This event, sponsored by the D.C. government, focuses on how to analyze, quantify and price items for an estimate. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library e-BIC Business Center, 901 G St., NW, Washington. 16 Understanding and...

By Sharon McLoone | July 14, 2008; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tools and Tips

The Small Business Administration and the Navy signed an agreement this morning designed to improve federal contracting opportunities for more than 240 small disadvantaged firms participating in the SBA's 8(a) Business Development program. The Naval Sea Systems Command will use its SeaPort-e Web portal to award federal contracts directly to...

By Sharon McLoone | July 14, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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