Archive: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

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JULY 31 Whirlpool is hosting its fourth annual Mother of Invention Grant Program that provides seed money and guidance to moms to turn their invention, business or service ideas into a full-fledged business. Contest winners receive $20,000 for the grand prize and $24,000 split between the four runners-up. Whirlpool added...

By Sharon McLoone | July 25, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Approaches

Small firms based in or near Virginia should take note of the commonwealth's back to school sales tax holiday just around the corner. The Aug. 1-3 holiday allows shoppers to save 5 percent on purchases of school supplies that cost less than $20 or clothing and footwear priced at $100...

By Sharon McLoone | July 24, 2008; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Health Care Bill Garners Wide Range of Support

Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) unveiled their new health care bill today before a full meeting room in the House of Representative's Longworth Building. I chatted with Jim Helsel before the event where he gave a speech on behalf of the National Association of Realtors supporting the...

By Sharon McLoone | July 23, 2008; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (4)

House Small Business Panel to Unveil Health Care Bill

House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez plans to unveil health care legislation this afternoon in a Capitol Hill news conference. The Small Business Cooperative for Healthcare Options to Improve Coverage for Employees Act (Small Business CHOICE) is designed to encourage small firms to join health insurance cooperatives. The bill's...

By Sharon McLoone | July 23, 2008; 1:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Group Purchasing Organization Reaches Out to Small Firms

The saying "united we stand, divided we fall" may be the inspiration of Corporate United, a large business that's reaching out to small firms to join its collective-buying consortium. The Cleveland, Ohio-based business was founded in 1997 with the intent of becoming an office-supplies buying consortium so that businesses could...

By Sharon McLoone | July 22, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

GAO: Export-Import Bank Needs Better Outreach to Small Firms

Savvy small businesses are increasingly looking to export their goods or services as a way to bump up their bottom lines in this weak U.S. economy. But the Export-Import Bank, which provides loans and insurance to support U.S. exports, needs to do a better job in helping small firms, according...

By Sharon McLoone | July 21, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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