Archive: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Dub Me Now Turns Business Cards into Bits and Bytes

It's been a good week for Manoj Ramnani. He's a man with a plan. Actually, he's a man with a lot of plans and that's just one of the reasons why Ramnani has become one of the D.C. area's most successful tech entrepreneurs. Manoj Ramnani, founder of Dub Me Now...

By Sharon McLoone | August 1, 2008; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (15)

Are Interchange Fees Eating Into Your Bottom Line?

Small businesses have long expressed concern that credit-card companies are pushing the cost of card incentives and reward programs onto businesses and consumers through interchange fees, which are used to reimburse credit card firms for processing card transactions. A group of senators on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee asked...

By Sharon McLoone | July 31, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Senate Panel OKs Research and Tech Transfer Programs

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee this morning unanimously passed a measure reauthorizing two sometimes controversial programs requiring federal agencies with large research and development budgets to set aside a portion of their funding for small business contracts. The Senate panel voted on the bill this morning reauthorizing the...

By Sharon McLoone | July 30, 2008; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Housing Bill Includes Sweeping Data Reporting Provision

The housing bill includes a sweeping provision requiring credit and debit card firms to report the transactions of certain businesses to the IRS, sparking privacy concerns and stirring the ire of the small business community. Small business lobbyists plan to aggressively push back on the language requiring firms like MasterCard...

By Sharon McLoone | July 29, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

SCORE Offers Tips for Firms Facing a Sour Economy

SCORE, a network of experienced counselors to small businesses, offers tips to help firms in a faltering economy: Check your operational expenses regularly by analyzing your profitability and expenses weekly or biweekly rather than just monthly. Monitor your business's energy consumption by installing automatic light switches and automatic thermostats. Plan...

By Sharon McLoone | July 28, 2008; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)


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