Small Biz Tip: Start Up Questions: Legal Issues

Tips from February 9, 2010 The Small Business tips today discuss legal issues when starting a small business. Keep legal! Know what the laws are specific to small businesses, but also learn what tax breaks there are! Find more here. Your business should be defined well. Sole proprietor? Partnership? Corporation? What's it matter? Find more here. Bad things happen to businesses too. How can you prepared for unforeseen problems? Business insurance! Find more information here. Your name is your brand, protection is important. Copyright, trademark? Which do you use and why? Find out more information [Read Full Article]


A Small Business Owner Takes His Case to the Top

Government and Politics A Small-Business Owner Takes His Case to the Top Last week, one entrepreneur had the opportunity to ask President Obama a question that no doubt has been on the mind of many others regarding small business loans. NYtimes.com Government and Politics Obama's Small Business Plans: Where They Stand President Obama has been talking -- a lot -- about what Washington needs to do to help save small businesses. Over the past week, he's introduced a half-dozen different initiatives aimed at unlocking credit, creating jobs and expanding the Small Business Administration's loan pr... [Read Full Article]


How to Ruin Your Business Reputation

Government, Politics, and the Economy U.S. Economy: Service Industries Grow for First Time in a Year Thanks to the emerging recovery in housing and factories, service industries in the United States expanded in September for the first time in a year. Bloomberg.comManagement and OperationsAnchor Your Networking with Strong Relationships Your corporate associations are important to keep your business striving during these tough economic times. Entrepreneur.com Management and Operations [Read Full Article]


SBA's Mills: Bank Lending Improving

  Government and Economy Mills: Banks Are Loaning Again According to SBA chief Karen Gordon Mills, efforts to get money to capital-strapped small businesses are beginning to pay-off, with banks starting to make government-backed loans. WSJ.com GM Begins Cutting 1,100 Dealers Facing General Motors, facing a probable bankruptcy filing by June 1, is telling 1,100 U.S. dealers they will be terminated as the automaker starts shrinking its retail network. Bloomberg.com [Read Full Article]


Hopes for Card-Check Rise With Specter's Switch to the Democrats

  Government and Economy Specter's Party Switch Raises Hopes for Card Check Senator Arlen Specter claims that his move to the Democrat Party will not change his vote when it comes to the union-organizing legislation, but a compromise that could allow the bill to slide through may now be easier. BusinessWeek.com House Leader Pushes for Mileage Tax Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants Congress to enact a mileage-based tax on cars and trucks to pay for highway programs now, rather than wait the results of a pilot program, to make up f... [Read Full Article]


Freddie Mac CFO Found Dead—Apparent Suicide

  Government and Economy Freddie Mac CFO Dies—Police Investigating Probable Suicide Freddie Mac Acting Chief Financial Officer David Kellermann, 41, was found dead early today in the basement of his home in a Washington suburb, police said. Bloomberg.com Lenders Still Cool Toward Small Business According to NFIB survey data, in March, fewer small businesses reported that their borrowing needs had been met during the previous three months than at any point since well before the recession began. USNews.com Management and Financial Issues... [Read Full Article]


Wage Discrimination Bill Passes Senate, Card-Check Obama's First Labor Test

Government and Economy Ledbetter Wage Bill Passes Senate The Lilly Ledbetter Bill, a wage discrimination bill that presages the pro-labor stance of the Democratic-controlled Congress and White House, has cleared the Senate and could be signed by President Obama within days. Unions vs. Business: An Early Test for Obama President Obama is facing an early important test—card-check—the Employee Free Choice Act. It is a key goal for Labor, which is hoping for action this spring; but that has some other Obama allies—seeing the reaction of business interests—very wor... [Read Full Article]


Small Business Brief for 11/13

Politics and Government Obama Ought to Look at the Effect of Entrepreneurial Immigrants According to U.S. News & World Report's Matt Bandyk, immigration will be an important small business issue for the next administration. Immigrants are 30% more likely to start businesses and they make up 16.7% of all new business owners in the country. Democrats at Work to Tap Bailout for AutomakersWASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Democrats are marshaling support for a rescue package to pump $25 billion in emergency loans to U.S. automakers in exchange for a government ownership stake in Detroit's car companies. Economics and Labor Issues [Read Full Article]