Archive: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Businesswomen Split in Support of Presidential Candidates

Women entrepreneurs are just about split regarding their support for the presidential contenders with 43 percent supporting John McCain, 41 percent for Barack Obama and 17 percent undecided, according to a new poll. Thirty-six percent of the 400 women business owners polled said that the economy is a major hurdle...

By Sharon McLoone | August 22, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Using Your Noodle

David Skinner bought some manufacturing equipment a few years ago to automate parts of his pasta-making business. It was used equipment, but quite expensive for a start-up. So when he heard the driver, who had hauled it across country in three tractor trailers, drive onto his Ohio farm and say,...

By Sharon McLoone | August 21, 2008; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calendar of Small Business Events

AUGUST 21 The National Business Incubation Association is hosting a webinar "25 things I wish I'd known before I became an incubator manager" at 2 p.m. ET. Industry veteran Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting will lead the live, online discussion. He spent 11 years as manager of the first incubator...

By Sharon McLoone | August 20, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Baruah Outlines Five 'New Realities' for Small Businesses

Sandy Baruah gave his first public speech as the new head of the Small Business Administration yesterday in Atlanta where he outlined the agency's philosophy toward economic development and what he sees as the five "new realities" of a 21st century economy. Baruah, who holds the title of acting administrator...

By Sharon McLoone | August 20, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Diversity Lags in Virginia Small Business Program

Virginia has succeeded in reaching a benchmark of buying 40 percent of its products and services from minority- and women-owned businesses, but a Washington Post review of the commonwealth's Small, Women- and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) program has shown that a majority of the companies participating in the program are small...

By Sharon McLoone | August 19, 2008; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Book Examines Race and Entrepreneurial Success

An entrepreneur's education, financial resources and prior work experience are key factors in their success, according to a new book, which examines race and small businesses in the United States. "Race and Entrepreneurial Success: Black-, Asian-, and White-Owned Businesses in the United States" analyzes Census Bureau data to determine why...

By Sharon McLoone | August 19, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Harry and Louise Return to Stir Up Health Care Debate

The National Federation of Independent Business has teamed up with several other organizations to sponsor a health-care advertisement to be televised during the Democratic and Republican national political conventions. The ad will feature "Harry and Louise," who became famous in the early and mid 1990s for their roles in ads...

By Sharon McLoone | August 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Savvy Auntie - It's Not Your Mother's Web Site

The day Melanie Notkin launched a parenting Web site targeting women with no kids, major corporations responded by contacting her to talk about advertising deals and a well-known venture capitalist came knocking on her door. The onslaught of interest has made her completely redo her one-month-old firm's financials "due to...

By Sharon McLoone | August 18, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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