Archive: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Entrepreneur Puts His Own Spin on Gift Cards

What are friends for -- but to give you good ideas for start-ups? Kwame Kuadey was chatting with a pal who groused that he was "stuck" with a bunch of gift cards for stores and restaurants he would never patronize. "Wouldn't it be nice to have a Web site where...

By Sharon McLoone | January 30, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Major Tax Changes for 2008

Tax season is here and the nation's smallest businesses should take note of significant tax changes for 2008 as they get their paperwork in order. The National Association for the Self-Employed put together a handy list for micro-businesses and the self-employed. It's also hosting a series of tax seminars around...

By Sharon McLoone | January 29, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Small Business State of Your State

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy has compiled data for each U.S. state and territory, giving an excellent snapshot of each region's small business activity. For example, California had 718,220 small businesses in 2006 and created 87.6 percent of the state's net new jobs from 2004 to 2005. (The...

By Sharon McLoone | January 27, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

That Bloomin' Economy

My 4 ½-year-old daughter recently embarked on a gardening project at preschool, which found its way home as a dirt-filled pot. She promptly placed it smack in the middle of the dining room table as the not-yet floral centerpiece. "What's this on the table?" my puzzled husband asked when we...

By Sharon McLoone | January 26, 2009; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (1)


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