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While We're Sitting on the Cabinet, Let's Bring Something to the Table

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Within a matter of months, if Obama's proposed merger is successful, small businesses will once again be unrepresented on the president's cabinet, and even worse -- they will no longer have a federal agency to assist them.

How The SBA Can Better Serve The Other 29,353,039 Small Businesses

Gene Marks | Posted 03.19.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The Small Business Administration shouldn't be in the business of telling us how to run our business. There are plenty of highly qualified professionals out there to provide this kind of help. The SBA should be in the business of helping us do business with the Federal government.

The Super Committee Punts, and the Odds Are Stacked Against Small Business

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

What's it going to take for small businesses to finally have a voice in Washington?

The One Sentence Solution To Job Creation

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The executive order that I am suggesting would create an estimated 1.8 million net new jobs annually. It would require neither new spending nor spending cuts. It wouldn't even require new taxes.

To Increase Small Business Loans, Revive What Has Already Worked

Steve Grossman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business
Steve Grossman

The Small Business Administration's loan incentive program worked brilliantly, and it will work again. Washington should act -- and act now -- to provide another $2 billion to help small businesses, their workers and the taxpayers.

Can Our Returning Warriors Survive in This Lousy Economy?

Jerry Chautin | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

If you are looking for a suitable franchise to buy, a discount alone is not a good enough reason.

Alicia Ciccone

Citi Pledges $24 Billion In Small Business Lending

HuffingtonPost.com | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business

Citi has announced that it will commit $24 billion to small-business lending over the next three years. The bank plans to lend $7 billion in 2011, $8 ...

Women Business Owners Get the Shaft, Again

Jerry Chautin | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

In February, the SBA published its final rules to set aside $6.5 billion in federal government spending for Women-Owned Small Businesses or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. But on September 9, the Washington Business Journal said to date, women-owned businesses only got $500,000.

Could a Simple Bill Save the World Economy?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.24.2011 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

If President Obama really wants to create jobs and save the world economy, he will keep his campaign promise and support and sign the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act.

Small Business and the Simple Math of Job Creation

Carol Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Small Business
Carol Roth

There are 28 million small businesses in this country that only need to hire an employee or two on average to completely reverse the jobs crisis. That must not be ignored.

Obama Is Not Trying to Create Jobs; He's Trying to Get Re-elected

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I don't think President Obama is trying to create jobs. His jobs bill is designed to get him re-elected. I think if you looked at the facts you'd agree.

Small Business Administration: the Most Important Agency in Washington Today

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

It is time for anti-small business elements in Washington to be run out of town, and time for President Obama and Congress to develop a real jobs program based on the Small Business Act and the SBA.

Hope in Sight for Credit-Starved Small Businesses?

John Arensmeyer | Posted 10.19.2011 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Although Heidi's business was booming, credit for small businesses had dried up and she couldn't get a loan -- that is, until she gave a bank everything she owned and signed her and her husband's life insurance over as collateral.

Lender "Screws Up," Others Can Learn From Its Mistakes

Jerry Chautin | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Every bank has its own sweet spot for small-business loans and will look at your application somewhat differently. Find the right one and form a business relationship before applying.

Republicans Trying to End Small Business Programs Again

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Well, it looks like they are at it again in Washington. Republicans in the Senate are once again trying to end all small business programs for women, minorities and veterans.

Getting An SBA Loan: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.06.2011 | Small Business

Chasing a Small Business Administration loan these days is a little like going to a carnival and expecting to win one of those giant stuffed animals. ...

Rod Kurtz

Questioning The SBA: Karen Mills Fields Questions From Our Board Of Directors

HuffingtonPost.com | Rod Kurtz | Posted 08.26.2011 | Small Business

As administrator of the Small Business Administration, Karen Mills serves as President Obama's primary ambassador to small-business owners, a constitu...

Senate Probes Small Business Administration on Billions in Fraud and Abuse

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

In 2008, President Obama recognized the magnitude of the issue stating, "It is time to end the diversion of small business contracts to corporate giants."

Ben Craw

Ann Dorsey, End 2 End Business Solutions: 27 Million And Counting

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Craw | Posted 09.11.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Why Small Biz Job Growth Has Slowed to a Crawl

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

Many of America's best and brightest are locked in soul-killing corporate jobs because of employer-based health care system. A lot of them would love to make a break and start their own businesses. But they won't because they fear losing benefits.

Bin Laden Raid Shows Value Of Tech Startups To The Military

Renny McPherson | Posted 07.05.2011 | Technology
Renny McPherson

The recent operation against Osama bin Laden has consumed much news coverage, and there have been specific and more opaque references to the amount of intelligence collection necessary to move to raid bin Laden's compound.

City Planning: How Cities Can Save Local Manufacturing Businesses

Larry MacDonald | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business
Larry MacDonald

All across America, small to medium manufacturing businesses are shutting down, resulting in lost jobs and lost revenues for cities. Everyone loses. ...

Bankers Grab Your Collateral When You Default

Jerry Chautin | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Both SBA and conventional lenders want to lien your home. In addition to securing your equity, lenders believe that you will work harder to make the business successful when your home is at risk.

Can The SBA's $2 Billion Bet Jumpstart The Economy?

Ray Leach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ray Leach

More capital targeted to high growth entrepreneurs with venture-fundable ideas, and administered through the professional investment community, is a good thing, and particularly so in our current environment (when venture capital funding has been less available than in the past).

From Neckties to Nuclear Waste: The U.S. Government Is Open for Business

Angela Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Haines

The Small Business Administration has announced its Women-Owned Small Business Procurement Programs. It just got a little easier to add to your client list the country's biggest spender: the US Government.