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Small business hiring up during 2009

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Despite the recession and 10 percent unemployment, some small businesses were hiring last year. The SurePayroll’s monthly small business score card shows that hiring increased 3.4 percent during 2009. Most of the new employees were contract workers during the early part of the year, but the survey showed that more of the month-over-month hiring increases… Continue Reading Small business hiring up during 2009

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Senate sponsors small business training

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Small business owners throughout Colorado will have access to both human resource professionals and employment attorneys at the first small business training seminar in Denver on Dec. 14. Sponsored by Sen. Linda Newell, a Democrat from Littleton, the seminar covers human resource and labor practices, said Senate spokesman Jack Wylie. “So often, they don’t stay… Continue Reading Senate sponsors small business training

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The House of Representatives advanced four small business bills last week, according to the National Association for the Self-Employed. H.R. 3014 would set aside $10 billion to guarantee financing for physicians who want to upgrade software and technology. H.R. 3738 would provide $250 million for new firms conducting agriculture research. H.R. 1839 would give $7… Continue Reading Legislation would expand SCORE, offer aid to physicians

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Millions in govt. contracts awarded

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While many Colorado Springs small business owners are hailing the opening of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center for the help they’ll receive getting government contracts, some firms are already in the contracting loop. Here’s a roundup of which companies have scored contracts recently: Colorado Springs-based Colorado Engineering Inc. has won a federal contract valued at… Continue Reading Millions in govt. contracts awarded

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 It’s just a start, but Congress appears ready to help small businesses gain access to more capital. Last week the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Small Business Financing Investment Act (H.R. 3854), clearing the way for more small business financial resources. Congressional supporters said most Small Business Administration programs hadn’t been updated for 10… Continue Reading Congressional support for small biz capital

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Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, comprising half the nation’s nonfarm, private gross domestic product. And small business — along with the rest of the economy — has been struggling during 2008 and 2009. But Americans are resilient and continue to become entrepreneurs. Although changes in the economy may make it more… Continue Reading Despite economy, small businesses remain resilient

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Contract award roundup – Oct. 12, 2009

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Here’s a list of local companies that have recently won military contracts. T.D. Support Services Corp. won a $47,400 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, for sports officiating services. Defense Training & Development Services G.P. won a $100,200 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force… Continue Reading Contract award roundup – Oct. 12, 2009

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Contracts go to large, small local cos.

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A list of local contract awards this week includes projects as large as $35.8 million and as small as $20,485. Senger Design Group has won a $25,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command based at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., for interior designer services. Wolverine Services LLC won a $1.3 million federal… Continue Reading Contracts go to large, small local cos.

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Proposals in Congress to increase access for Small Business Innovation Research grants have garnered both accolades and aspersions. One bill that has passed the House of Representatives would allow all companies that receive venture capital funding to be eligible to compete for the grants. A bill being considered by the Senate caps venture capital at… Continue Reading Helping hand for V.C. firms, or windfall for big companies?

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Shop Act wouldn’t mandate coverage or create government competition Small businesses have spoken out vociferously against the health care reform plan being considered by Congress — and they’re throwing their support behind an alternative proposal — the Shop Act. The current legislation calls for employer mandated health insurance, a value-added tax and public programs that… Continue Reading Small businesses backing alternative health care legislation

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