Archive: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

An E-Sign of the Times

Dear Readers: This is part of an occasional series of articles looking at different tools small businesses are using to help automate their administrative and back-office tasks. These aren't the only tools in their field, but an example of what some small firms are doing to make their daily operations...

By Sharon McLoone | January 16, 2009; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

House Hearing: Small Businesses on Economic Recovery

There's no shortage of ideas on how to generate more jobs to help boost the nation out of its economic doldrums, but many members of the small business community are waiting to follow the lead of the new administration before making any expensive or big-impact decisions. "Main Street can not...

By Sharon McLoone | January 14, 2009; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Small Firms Suffer Downturn, but Hiring Continues

Entrepreneurs by nature are an optimistic group, but many of them seem to have misplaced their rose-colored glasses last year. Forty-three percent of the self-employed and micro business owners say this is the worst economic downturn that they have ever experienced and 25 percent say it's the first slump they've...

By Sharon McLoone | January 13, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are You Ready for Prime Time?

All hail the Flowbee, billed as the "revolutionary home hair-cutting system," which you've probably seen in an infomercial on late night TV. But now, advertisements for inventions like the Flowbee could be headed for prime time, thanks to recent dramatically reduced TV ad rates. The lower ad rates could be...

By Sharon McLoone | January 12, 2009; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)


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