Archive: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Cloud Computing on the Horizon for Small Firms

Somewhere over the rainbow for small businesses is cloud computing. Cloud computing is all the rage in tech circles, with much chatter about how it can save small businesses money, resources and time. But what is it exactly and should small businesses be strategizing - or is that agonizing -...

By Sharon McLoone | December 12, 2008; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Veterans Group to Aid Small Firms Grossly Mismanaged

A nonprofit veterans group has "squandered" hundreds of thousands of dollars of the $17 million in federal funds it has received since 2001 and essentially abandoned its mission of helping veterans start small businesses, according to the results of a Senate investigation (pdf) released Thursday and reported in The Washington...

By Sharon McLoone | December 12, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

Creative Professionals Find a Cool Tool

Creative professionals who routinely swap large files are looking for ways to securely and efficiently send them -- without bumping into size limits instituted by many e-mail programs. Jeremias Stelter, a senior vice president at small firm Alden Staffing, stumbled onto a tool made by a company called MuseWorx while...

By Sharon McLoone | December 11, 2008; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Group Urges Policy Makers to Focus on Small Firms

The National Small Business Association today kicked off an initiative designed to grab the interest of the next Congress and presidential administration when it comes to small firms. The association's "Think Big. Start Small" campaign aims to focus lawmakers on "one undisputed fact: small business has been, and must continue...

By Sharon McLoone | December 10, 2008; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Silver Spring Offers Local Business Guide

Downtown Silver Spring is shaped something like a kite and in order to get that kite fiscally flying higher, the community has put together a local guide to highlight small businesses in the region. Emily Adelman, Local First program manager at the Latino Economic Development Corporation, has been working on...

By Sharon McLoone | December 9, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (3)

Small Business Players Struggle in Recession

Ryan Fochler, a successful small business owner in Arlington, had his line of credit killed by two major credit card firms overnight. "I was sick to my stomach," he said. Fochler has been unable to expand his pet-care business while he looks for a bank loan. He's not alone. Small...

By Sharon McLoone | December 9, 2008; 7:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Snowe Pushes for Cabinet-Level Status for SBA

The top Republican on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee sent a letter Monday to President-elect Barack Obama urging him to elevate the Small Business Administration to Cabinet-level status. "During these challenging economic times, it is imperative that the SBA, the federal agency supporting the single-largest creator of jobs...

By Sharon McLoone | December 8, 2008; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I...Choose a Gift Card?

Gift cards are one of the most popular choices for employee incentives this year, but small firms like all businesses should do their homework to determine which cards to purchase. The cards have become nearly ubiquitous. A few years ago they were available generally only in the store or via...

By Sharon McLoone | December 8, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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