Archive: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

How Do I... Get or Give Time Off to Vote?

Election Day is fast approaching and for many of the smallest firms that means juggling staff schedules on Nov. 4 to give employees the ability to cast their ballots. "As good employers, you want your employees to be active in the community and part of that activism involves voting," said...

By Sharon McLoone | October 16, 2008; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Community Development Institutions Offer Small-Firm Funding

While discussions about the nation's economic growth are often focused on big business, small businesses keep the nation diversified, act as an innovation engine and employ just over half of the private sector workforce. From 1993 to 2003, firms with fewer than 20 employees accounted for almost 80 percent of...

By Sharon McLoone | October 15, 2008; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Growth of Minority Women-Owned Firms Outpaces All Others

The number of minority women-owned businesses grew twice as fast as the number of businesses created by male minority entrepreneurs and non-minority men and women, according to a new study released this morning by the Minority Business Development Agency. Source: Minority Business Development Agency The MBDA, a branch of the...

By Sharon McLoone | October 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Big Plans for a Big Halloween

So what sort of spooky Halloween costume do you have in mind for this year? A frightful mortgage banker? A creepy dollar? Whatever your plans, Halloween is predicted to be this year's bright spot in the business world. Industry trade group the National Retail Federation expects retail sales in November...

By Sharon McLoone | October 13, 2008; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tools and Tips

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., has received a $10.8 million gift from the Lewis Charitable Foundation for the establishment of an institute to support teaching, research, and outreach in social entrepreneurship. The new Lewis Institute at Babson College intends to develop leaders, create knowledge and grow new enterprises to solve...

By Sharon McLoone | October 13, 2008; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (0)


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