The event was moderated by radio broadcaster and SME journalist Liz Barclay, and the panel consisted of academics Dr. Stephann Makri, Dr Matthew Smith and Douglas Miller and successful online fashion retail entrepreneur, Sarah Curran.
Last month, new life was breathed into an effort to bring back some popular small business lending provisions that expired shortly before the 2012 presidential election. These expired programs enabled a record number of small businesses to refinance commercial mortgages. The renewed push to reinstate the programs, along with some additional policy changes, can go a long way toward aiding Main Street’s recovery. President Obama has done a number of positive things to help the small business sector. Business startups are up 8 percent from 2009 to 2011, and U.S.
This week is National Small Business Week, described as a time to recognize and celebrate the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners, according the event's sponsor, the Small Business Administration. So it's a good time to ask the question, What's the biggest barri
For the past 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated the nation's entrepreneurs and small-business owners during its annual National Small Business Week, which kicks off today.
On stage at National Small Business Week's opening ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen exhorted small business owners for their crucial role in the economic recovery.
Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder of online freelancer marketplace PeoplePerHour comments: “The Chancellor said at the start of his speech that this would be a Budget for ‘doers’ which you would assume included small business owners and entrepreneurs. However apart from making it more affordable to hire under 21s by removing them from jobs tax and increasing the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) to £500,000, there wasn’t much else to give aspiring small business owners any confidence that the government has their best interests at heart.”
Unveiled in January 2013, Launcher offers new business owners aged 18-30 a package of support that bundles the government’s Startup Loan with free access to an extensive training programme, boot camps as well as the School for Startups’ online community, online library, and 24-hour support.
Young entrepreneurs will now also benefit from the support of mentors who have been selected and trained by Lloyds, and are on hand to offer their guidance to further increase the survival rates of startups that come through the Launcher programme.