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Archives: March 2009

"Give us your geeks"

Posted by: Amy Choi on March 31

John Tozzi's fantastic, exhaustive (and yes, exhaustive is the right word) Best Small Cities for Startups offers some juicy tidbits. Who knew Hilo, HI, in the shadow of Mauna Kea...

Looking for an Angel

Posted by: Amy Barrett on March 30

As if entrepreneurs needed more reason to conserve cash. On March 30 University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research released its survey on angel investing. The bottom line: angel...

Five Tax-Time Audit Red Flags For Small Business

Posted by: Colleen Debaise on March 27

Ahead of the IRS issuing its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of the most egregious tax schemes and scams (here’s the 2008 list), accounting firm BDO Seidman has kindly prepared a...

GAO Issues Scathing Report of HUBZone Program

Posted by: Jeremy Quittner on March 26

For anyone who wants to know where underfunding and under-staffing of the Small Business Administration leads, check out this report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO writes of...

Does Your Business Need Improved Access to Credit?

Posted by: Nick Leiber on March 25

In his column in today's New York Times about the Obama Administration's financial rescue plan, which is being sold, in part, as a way to fix the markets for small-business...

The Six-Hour, 176-Slide Presentation: Don't Try This at Your Business

Posted by: Nick Leiber on March 20

Carmine Gallo, who writes a weekly communications column for business owners, just sent this guest post over: As a corporate communications coach, I work with business leaders to improve their...

Two of the First Successful Women Entrepreneurs in America

Posted by: Stacy Perman on March 20

According to both Census Bureau data and anecdotal evidence, women are considered one of the fastest growing segments of American entrepreneurs. That said, two of the first, cosmetics moguls: Elizabeth...

More Reaction to Obama's Small Business Plan

Posted by: Stacy Perman on March 18

Last October when I spoke with Maryann Ferenc the owner of the Tampa, Fla.-based Mise en Place, a restaurant and catering event business about the government bailout, she found the...

Reacting to Obama’s Small Business Stimulus Package

Posted by: Stacy Perman on March 16

Last fall when the government passed what was then a $700 billion economic bailout package, largely intended to prop up failing institutions such as AIG and Citibank, one could hear...

Obama Administration's Program to Ease Credit for Small Business Owners

Posted by: Nick Leiber on March 16

President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are scheduled to announce a program at noon today at the White House that includes reducing small-business lending fees and increasing the...

New small business innovation report

Posted by: John Tozzi on March 16

Just out this morning from Steve King: a new research brief on small business innovation, part of the ongoing Intuit Future of Small Business research project. I still have to...

Last Call for Entrepreneur of the Year Nominations

Posted by: Nick Leiber on March 12

The nomination period for Ernst & Young's renowned Entrepreneur of the Year award wraps up this Monday, March 16. The criteria is pretty straightforward: you have to be an owner...

In Addition to TALF, More Credit for Small Business

Posted by: Nick Leiber on March 10

Last week, we reported on the expanded $200 billion joint Fed and Treasury program, known as the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF. TALF's purpose is to induce investors...

New Tax Break For Your New Car

Posted by: Colleen Debaise on March 05

Ah, life on the road. The good news for business owners who spend a lot of time behind the wheel is that you’re entitled to a number of vehicle-related tax...

Layoffs Surge Among Small Employers

Posted by: Nick Leiber on March 04

Back in December, we published a special report detailing how employers with limited resources could take advantage of layoffs to find experienced talent. In our overview story, we cited an...


What's it like to run your own company today? Entrepreneurs face multiple hurdles new and old, from raising capital and managing employees to keeping up with technology and competing in a global marketplace. In this blog, the Small Business channel's John Tozzi and Nick Leiber discuss the news, trends, and ideas that matter to small business owners. Follow them on Twitter @newentrepreneur.

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