Archive: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Calendar of Events

Send calendar submissions to smallbusiness@washingtonpost.com. OCTOBER 8 Eileen Fisher, who built a $250 million global clothing empire, will speak at a Women's Center event at noon at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va. The fee is $100. 13-15 The National Business Incubation Association is hosting a training institute on topics...

By Sharon McLoone | October 3, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Venture Capital - Not Just for Tech Firms Anymore

Everyone these days is talking about money, or lack thereof, so if the banks are getting stingier and stodgier in lending to small firms, where can an entrepreneur find funding? Venture capital could be your answer. Anecdotally, through multiple conversations with small business owners, I've found that many of them...

By Sharon McLoone | October 2, 2008; 7:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Small Firms Push for Better Bailout Bill

Many in the small business community are livid that Wall Street has put the nation's economy at risk and are urging Congress to get back to work after the House failed to pass a $700 billion financial bailout package Monday. "The House action today is disappointing -- clearly there is...

By Sharon McLoone | September 30, 2008; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

SBA Revises Part of Women Procurement Plan

The Small Business Administration may be holding out an olive branch to critics of its plan to reduce the number of women-owned businesses eligible for contract assistance from the federal government. But it may not be enough. The agency on Friday submitted to the Federal Register a proposed rule (pdf)...

By Sharon McLoone | September 29, 2008; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

SBA and Agriculture Need Better Collaboration

The heads of the Small Business Administration and the Department of Agriculture should formalize a better process for collaboration on programs fostering economic development in rural areas by promoting entrepreneurship and community development, advises a new report. The governmental watchdog group the General Accountability Office analyzed (pdf) how some SBA...

By Sharon McLoone | September 29, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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