Archive: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Obama Proposes Small Business Rescue Plan

Barack Obama today proposed a plan of tax cuts and loans for small businesses hurt by the current credit crisis, a temporary program he said is needed to help Main Street and complement what has already been done for Wall Street. In The Trail, a daily diary of campaign 2008...

By Sharon McLoone | October 10, 2008; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (24)

How Do I...Help Reduce Traffic?

Small businesses, like many businesses, are looking for ways to trim costs while attracting and retaining employees. Some firms are thinking of new ways to encourage workers to take public transit as a means to ease traffic congestion, curb stress and reduce greenhouse gases. Many cities and counties offer incentives...

By Sharon McLoone | October 9, 2008; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Start Them Up and They'll Never Stop

The Small Business Administration is aiming to help a rapidly expanding group of entrepreneurs - the Baby Boomers. The agency today unveiled a Web site designed for the 50-plus entrepreneur that offers information on starting, growing and expanding a small business. "The SBA is working hard to increase opportunities for...

By Sharon McLoone | October 8, 2008; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (4)

Postdoc Project Aims to Turn Scientists into CEOs

The Washington region is chock full of brainy researchers who come into town for a handful of years to put their knowledge to use during a fellowship at a federal lab, developing innovative intellectual property or possible cures for wicked diseases. But then they leave, taking their brainy ideas and...

By Sharon McLoone | October 7, 2008; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

How Do I...Get Some of That Venture Capital?

The owner of a start-up recently told me that he went to a local bank for a loan, but left empty-handed. The bank's message? "Sorry, but we've got our own problems," -- or was that loan problems? That's no surprise with what's been happening on Wall Street -- a number...

By Sharon McLoone | October 6, 2008; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (2)


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