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A Colorado Springs company will receive an export development grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Conceal Fab Corp., listed as a homeland security industry, was one of 13 small businesses to receive the grant. Conceal Fab manufactures radio frequency transparent structures designed to meet building codes and hide antennas for… Continue Reading Colorado Springs company receives state export grant

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Ease up on government regulations, survey says

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Small business owners and managers say government red tape keeps them from creating new jobs. A national survey finds that 69 percent of small business owners and managers believe complicated government regulations are “major impediments to the creation of new jobs.” Of those surveyed, 68 percent said that more businesses are investing in new technology… Continue Reading Ease up on government regulations, survey says

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It seems like Washington can’t agree on anything these days, except maybe one point: Small business. It seems everyone in Washington loves small business — or they pretend they do. If you watch the news or listen to the ads, you’ll hear candidates on both sides of the aisle vow to help small businesses grow… Continue Reading Why small business has become big politics

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More than 956,000 small-business jobs are at risk if the “fiscal cliff” can’t be averted before January 2013. Of those, about 18,838 are in Colorado, according to an economic report conducted for the Aerospace Industries Association. The report increases concern that the job losses will be spread among defense contractors and non-defense employers of all… Continue Reading More than 18,000 Colorado small biz jobs at risk under sequestration

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Manitou Springs small-business owner Safron Neusaenger took a call this week from a vendor who said her debit card only covered half of what she owed. Continue Reading Small businesses’ injuries hard to treat

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Small business owners say online is the place to be – that is where they gain and target prospective customers. Small business owners are putting an increased emphasis on establishing and promoting themselves online to network and increase their customer base, according to a survey by Manta, an online site for small businesses. Ninety percent… Continue Reading Most small business owners are marketing online

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Mac McClung was working Tuesday in his Woodland Park shop, Bad Rock Automotive, when a mini flash mob surrounded him and began taking pictures. The group, from Pikes Peak Area Rotary Clubs, surprised him with a check for $2,000. It was a collective business hug and the group gave out two that day and has… Continue Reading Rotary Club members surprise small businesses with $2,000 checks

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Small businesses hired fewer people in August than in June, and more than 80 percent of them are not seeking bank loans. That’s the word from the latest SurePayroll survey of small businesses. SurePayroll is an online payroll service which has produced its SurePayroll Scorecard, a monthly look on national hiring and paycheck trends at… Continue Reading Small businesses are not seeking loans

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Every business has a story, and now they can use an online platform to share that story and showcase successes. The U.S. Small Business Administration launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive online site that features videos by business owners across the country who have started or grown a business with SBA help. The videos… Continue Reading SBA launches online platform for small biz success stories

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SBDC receives federal small biz grant

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The Colorado Small Business Development Center received a $100,000 federal grant to help support services for small businesses affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. The services available include loan packaging, marketing and business planning for recovery, assistance with the FEMA disaster program and the application process for the low interest Small Business Administration disaster loans.… Continue Reading SBDC receives federal small biz grant

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