Archive: Q&A

Small Business Centers Offer Help to New and Established Firms

Small Business Development Centers are spread throughout the United States to help both new entrepreneurs start businesses and established businesses to flourish. The centers, which offer free consulting and training for nominal fees, are hosted by universities, colleges and state economic development agencies. The program was founded in 1979 and...

By Sharon McLoone | November 5, 2008; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Q&A With Top Lawyer at SBA Office of Advocacy

Tom Sullivan is packing up his office. The chief counsel to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy has decided to move on after six-plus years on the job. On Thursday, his office hosted a packed reception for him at SBA headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was toasted and...

By Sharon McLoone | October 27, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I...Get Some of That Venture Capital?

The owner of a start-up recently told me that he went to a local bank for a loan, but left empty-handed. The bank's message? "Sorry, but we've got our own problems," -- or was that loan problems? That's no surprise with what's been happening on Wall Street -- a number...

By Sharon McLoone | October 6, 2008; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Venture Capital - Not Just for Tech Firms Anymore

Everyone these days is talking about money, or lack thereof, so if the banks are getting stingier and stodgier in lending to small firms, where can an entrepreneur find funding? Venture capital could be your answer. Anecdotally, through multiple conversations with small business owners, I've found that many of them...

By Sharon McLoone | October 2, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (1)


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