Archive: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

Small Firms See Growth as Jobless Rate Rises

While the unemployment rate soared in August and employers slashed jobs, the nation's smallest businesses continue to soldier on. ADP, a national payroll firm, released its national employment report this week showing that firms with 50 or more employees lost 53,000 jobs in August while firms with fewer than 50...

By Sharon McLoone | September 6, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Minority Entrepreneurs Celebrate Small Businesses

It's 7:30 in the morning and having already eaten breakfast an hour earlier, I'm staring at a plate of bacon and eggs in the grand ballroom of the Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park. I've been chatting with my table mates who are in town from California to network about women-owned...

By Sharon McLoone | September 5, 2008; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

Billionaire Offers Entrepreneurial Help Online

Self-made billionaire Bill Bartmann has released an online curriculum for aspiring entrepreneurs. Bartmann, once a homeless teenager, gang member and a high school drop-out, pulled himself together to finish school, put himself through college and obtain a law degree. He and Kathy -- his wife and business partner -- have...

By Sharon McLoone | September 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Small Firms Speak Out at GOP Convention

A handful of entrepreneurs will be speaking at the Republican National Convention this evening in St. Paul, Minn., to discuss the state of small businesses in America. Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels of Lancaster, Pa., is scheduled to talk about the "prosperity of the spirit, not just...

By Sharon McLoone | September 3, 2008; 5:25 PM ET | Comments (3)

Women Business Owners Set Sights on Capitol Hill

Women business owners have been amassing in force throughout the summer to prepare their policy plans and strategies to outline to lawmakers this fall. Women Impacting Public Policy, a business advocacy group, released a draft economic blueprint at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last month and hosted a similar...

By Sharon McLoone | September 3, 2008; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (0)


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