Archive: Election 2008

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; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

SBA Chief Calls Transition Experience 'Exceptional'

Agency review teams for the incoming Obama administration are swarming dozens of government offices, report Post staffers Shailagh Murray and Carol D. Leonnig in today's front-page article Obama Teams Are Scrutinizing Federal Agencies. And that includes the Small Business Administration. "We're having a really exceptional transition experience," said SBA Acting...

By Sharon McLoone | December 3, 2008; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (24)

Small Firms Push for Better Bailout Bill

Many in the small business community are livid that Wall Street has put the nation's economy at risk and are urging Congress to get back to work after the House failed to pass a $700 billion financial bailout package Monday. "The House action today is disappointing -- clearly there is...

By Sharon McLoone | September 30, 2008; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

Small Firms Express Economic Confidence in McCain

Small businesses believe Republican presidential nominee John McCain is better prepared to manage the economy than Democratic rival Barack Obama, according to an informal poll released today from Register.com. Fifty-four percent of respondents bank on Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) when it comes to the economy while 36 percent said the same...

By Sharon McLoone | September 16, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Small Firms Speak Out at GOP Convention

A handful of entrepreneurs will be speaking at the Republican National Convention this evening in St. Paul, Minn., to discuss the state of small businesses in America. Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels of Lancaster, Pa., is scheduled to talk about the "prosperity of the spirit, not just...

By Sharon McLoone | September 3, 2008; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (3)

Small Business Lawmaker Stumps for Obama

House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez spoke to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, touting the advantages of a president Barack Obama and saying the business world is powered by creative thinking and the ingenuity of the nation's entrepreneurs. "We've come a long way, but under President Obama, we...

By Sharon McLoone | August 27, 2008; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Businesswomen Split in Support of Presidential Candidates

Women entrepreneurs are just about split regarding their support for the presidential contenders with 43 percent supporting John McCain, 41 percent for Barack Obama and 17 percent undecided, according to a new poll. Thirty-six percent of the 400 women business owners polled said that the economy is a major hurdle...

By Sharon McLoone | August 22, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harry and Louise Return to Stir Up Health Care Debate

The National Federation of Independent Business has teamed up with several other organizations to sponsor a health-care advertisement to be televised during the Democratic and Republican national political conventions. The ad will feature "Harry and Louise," who became famous in the early and mid 1990s for their roles in ads...

By Sharon McLoone | August 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Voter Resource Group Slams McCain Over Tax Allegations

Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit resource for voters that aims to reduce confusion about topics discussed in U.S. politics, parsed Republican presidential aspirant John McCain's allegation that Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama would raise tax rates for 23 million small-business owners and concluded that it is a "false and preposterously inflated...

By Sharon McLoone | July 17, 2008; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (7)

McCain Courts Small Business Owners in Economic Speech

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain spoke to small business owners yesterday, outlining his stance on the economy. In his speech to members of the National Federation of Independent Business, he said it's a tough time for the economy, workers and families, making job creation among small firms critical. Sen....

By Sharon McLoone | June 11, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Big Issues for Small Business

Workers at small firms translate into millions of U.S. voters and some are taking issues from the workplace to the voting booth. It's been a testy race between Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to become the Democratic presidential nominee. While only one of their names will...

By Sharon McLoone | March 4, 2008; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama and Small Business

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who chairs the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has been hitting the trail in support of presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), so the Small Business Blog took a look at Obama's commitment to small firms. Washington Post Staff Writer Peter Slevin reports today that...

By Sharon McLoone | February 25, 2008; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (11)

Small Firms Gather Steam During Election Season

George Cloutier, a small business spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is part of a movement unfurling that aims to educate the public about the importance of small firms in this presidential election season. Cloutier stopped by washingtonpost.com offices last month to talk about his proposal to create a...

By Sharon McLoone | February 20, 2008; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Group Seeks To Put Small Biz in Prez Spotlight

Hey Obama! Hey Clinton! Hey McCain! Psst, over here. Some members of the small business community are ticked off that small firms, which create the greatest number of new jobs in the nation and comprise 99 percent of all employers, are getting little attention during this presidential campaign season. To...

By Sharon McLoone | February 18, 2008; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Clinton Touts Health Care Plan to Small Firms

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) spoke to hundreds of women business leaders today, pushing the benefits her healthcare plan has for small businesses. "One of the decisions that I made based on all the work that I've done, all the scars that I've acquired... is that I wanted to have...

By Sharon McLoone | September 19, 2007; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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