MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE The Big Significance of Small Business
Normally, I avoid buying cookies, or anything, from strange children on my doorstep. It's not so much that I discourage budding entrepreneurs as that I prefer to not support the mega-companies providi... Posted on 8/23/12 at 3:17 PM
MS. SIMPLICITY Staycation
Have you heard of staycations? They are a great way of discovering your local community and seeing it through the eyes of an outsider. Today is "Small Business Saturday" and I celebrate what can be ... Posted on 11/26/11 at 12:05 PM
GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD BUSINESS Frustration with Feds Leading to Off-shoring?
By Darrin Tonsfeldt, The Village Business Institute
The Dow hit over 12,000 yesterday (Feb. 1, 2011), which seems to indicatethe financial strength of a number of U.S. Companies is imp... Posted on 2/2/11 at 2:44 PM
Grand Forks small businesses gain when they don’t compete with big chains Despite not being armed with massive advertising campaigns that incite shoppers to wait in long lines for doors to open, locally owned businesses in Grand Forks are still taking advantage of Thanksgiving weekend to boost sales.
As Kyle Gagner was growing up in Casselton, N.D., he’d check out the town’s centennial history book and take it home to read the stories and study pictures of the early days in his hometown, of Main Street businesses, churches and other historic buildings in town. “Growing up in a small town, I very much admired the lifestyle,” he said. “I was just fascinated by the history.”
Pawlenty and the Guard host a seminar today on how to start a small business. More than 160 veterans are signed up to hear from experienced veterans who have their own businesses and get information on funding and help in developing business plans.
A $30 billion government fund would be available to community banks to increase lending to small businesses under a bill passed by the House Thursday as congressional Democrats tried to revive their election-year jobs agenda.
Attempts to lure investments in small business and encourage people to rehabilitate historic buildings could produce jobs, Minnesota legislative Democrats say, and they are willing to bet state money on the idea. “I don’t know how much stimulus this will provide, but we should give it a try,” Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said Thursday.
Alerus Financial officially launched a new Web site Friday that officials say will give Red River Valley small businesses access to free content, financial calculators, tools and discussion topics, a spokeswoman announced.
The president and the Congress know nothing about small business; they think you can hire without regard to costs or the benefits derived. That is how it works in Washington, but that is hardly the model for real economic growth.
In his weekly radio and Internet address today, President Barack Obama said too many small business owners remain unable to get credit despite administration steps to jump-start lending, which was virtually frozen when the financial crisis took hold last year. Obama weekly address video at bottom of article,
At one small company, the phone is ringing more often, while another is getting business again from retailers who canceled orders last year. And at an inn, reservations are coming in for the busy season.
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