Archive: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Defense Authorization Bill Passes Without Updates to Small Business Programs

Two controversial small business issues attached to the Defense authorization measure passed by the Senate Wednesday night were poised to pass the chamber, but fell by the wayside when lawmakers agreed not to vote on the 100-plus amendments that were tacked onto the bill. Sen. John Kerry included language updating...

By Sharon McLoone | September 19, 2008; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Calendar of Events

OCTOBER 1 Last day to enter the Greater Washington Board of Trade's fifth annual entrepreneurship awards. Candidates must employ fewer than 50 people and may not be franchises or nonprofits. Nominations should be sent to and forms are available from the board's Web site. 14 Yes Circle in concert...

By Sharon McLoone | September 18, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I...Form a Co-op?

Stephanie Lightfoot was running a small, successful business as a massage therapist but ran into a wall... literally. She built her business slowly, working from two rented rooms. When the opportunity to expand her space arose, she couldn't afford the increased rental costs. So Lightfoot looked into starting a cooperative....

By Sharon McLoone | September 17, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Small Firms Express Economic Confidence in McCain

Small businesses believe Republican presidential nominee John McCain is better prepared to manage the economy than Democratic rival Barack Obama, according to an informal poll released today from Fifty-four percent of respondents bank on Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) when it comes to the economy while 36 percent said the same...

By Sharon McLoone | September 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Contests Reveal Entrepreneurial Trends

Contests can be appealing to small firms looking for some publicity and some much-needed cash and advice, but it's also worth a look at some top contests just to see what kind of entrepreneurial ideas are out there and to spot current business trends. Here are a couple of contests...

By Sharon McLoone | September 15, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)


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