Archive: Legal Affairs

Women Business Owners Set Sights on Capitol Hill

Women business owners have been amassing in force throughout the summer to prepare their policy plans and strategies to outline to lawmakers this fall. Women Impacting Public Policy, a business advocacy group, released a draft economic blueprint at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last month and hosted a similar...

By Sharon McLoone | September 3, 2008; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lawmakers Boost SBA Budget, Nix Women's Procurement Rule

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill late Thursday providing $107 million in additional funding for the Small Business Administration and some of its core programs. The bill increases funding for Small Business Development Centers, Women Business Centers, microloans, contracting assistance and veterans' outreach programs. The funding increases the budget...

By Sharon McLoone | July 11, 2008; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

SBA Advocacy Office Pushes for Greater Autonomy

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy is applauding (pdf) new legislation that would give it greater autonomy from its agency parent and codify an executive order requiring all federal agencies to consider the impact on small businesses when crafting regulations. For about the last 30 years, the advocacy office...

By Sharon McLoone | May 20, 2008; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Small Firms Keep an Eye on High Court Cases

The Supreme Court term that opened today will see the justices weigh a handful of cases involving large corporations that could have big repercussions for small business. Hall Street Associates v. Mattel concerns arbitration awards. The National Federation of Independent Businesses asked the judges in a friend-of-the-court brief to allow...

By Sharon McLoone | October 1, 2007; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (1)


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