Tag: small business

Four reasons small business are finding it hard to secure business loans

A recent study on the state of financing for small businesses show that as much as 82% of U.S. small businesses have their loan applications denied when they apply to a bank.

How to market your small business in a cost efficient manner

The plight of many small business owners is figuring out how they are going to expand their marketing effort without impacting the bottom line too heavily.

Steps you can take to secure your small business network

A local area network is something that’s important for small business to focus on, regarding security and protection against vulnerabilities.

Entrepreneur workshop for small business owners

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity is hosting Entrepreneur Express: Moving your Business Forward.

Bill to assist small business offer retirement plans to employees

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation would reduce duplicative filing costs for small businesses looking to offer retirement plans.

Bill to streamline small business licensure passes Senate

Senator Jeremy McPike’s bill to provide optional bonding for Class A and B contractors passed the Virginia Senate.

Report: One in five Marketplace consumers was small business owner, self-employed

Treasury released a report with new data on sources of health insurance coverage for small business owners and self-employed workers.

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Warner, Collins introduce bill to assist small businesses with retirement plans

Sens. Mark Warner and Susan Collins have introduced a bill to reduce filing costs for small business looking to offer retirement plans.

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Anne Holton, Kenny Alexander highlight Clinton/Kaine small business plan

Anne Holton and Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexanderhighlighted Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine’s new plan for small businesses.

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Tim Kaine holds small business leaders roundtable

Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine held a roundtable with local small business leaders in Lakewood, Colo.

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Hillary Clinton releases small business plan

Hillary Clinton is proposing a package of reforms and innovations to jumpstart small business startups, and strengthen small business growth.

Tips for entrepreneurs on how to structure a good meeting

Meetings are an essential part of getting business done and moving on with decision making for your business.

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Robert Hurt: Small business access to capital

As we well know, small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and the ability for these entities to access private capital is imperative.

Why the lean strategy can get your business prepared for the future

There are a lot of things that you need to consider in order to prepare your business for success in the present.

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Robert Hurt bill to improve small business access to capital passes House committee

The House Financial Services Committee recently passed the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016 with a bipartisan vote of 47-12.

Robert Hurt introduces bill to improve small business access to capital

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia has introduced the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5424).

How small local businesses can catch up with the digital age

For those businesses that still don’t have an established online presence, the idea of catching up can be daunting.

As if Waynesboro actually appreciates business

Waynesboro City Council has proclaimed May as Business Appreciation Month. Only if the City Council actually would appreciate business.

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Robert Hurt: Supporting small business is vital

At a time when our economy is struggling, Congress must do everything possible to help small business achieve success.

Grant will assist small business in training, credentialing workers

A new $1 million program will assist small businesses in improving the occupational and technical skills of their workers.

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Robert Hurt: We must help small business, startups access capital

This past week the Financial Services Committee held our first legislative mark-up of the year, approving 10 bills to reduce regulatory burdens on our Main Street businesses.

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Grow Waynesboro offering GrowthWheel® Workshop Series

Grow Waynesboro is partnering with the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center to provide free business training.

Why I am moving my business out of Augusta County over $374

My name is Cole Scrogham and I am a small business owner in Augusta County, providing consulting and management services to Motorsport companies all over the US and Europe,

AFP Marketing Class: How to get attention to your small business

Your small business offers the best products, services, both, of anybody in your market. But if people don’t know your name, they’re not going to know to call, email, etc., to find out what you have.

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Robert Hurt backs bill to change definition of small business for healthcare law

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released a statement after the House passed the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, which would maintain the definition of small employer as those with 50 or fewer employees.

Small business: What you need to know about 1099 reporting

The issue of 1099 reporting is one topic that seems to be too often overlooked. It is the business owner’s responsibility to comply with the 1099 rules, and more than likely almost every business has at least one 1099 that should be issued.

The secret to getting new business

Aren’t we all looking for the secret to getting new business – new customers, new clients? I can let you in on the secret. You’re not going to like it. It involves work – hard work, and smart work.

Walmart’s use of tax havens hurts small businesses

Recent revelations that Walmart, the world’s biggest corporation, is maintaining secret subsidiaries in well-known offshore tax havens are outrageous but far from surprising to small business owners.

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The Chris Graham Show: ACC football, small business, Virginia politics

Today’s episode of The Chris Graham Show features a preview of the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff, a look at early, early polling in the 2017 Virginia governor race, then shifts gears to talk marketing for small business.

Marketing needs to be consistent, reliable

Too often in small business we tend to think about our efforts at marketing only when business is slow, as in, Oh, crap, what do we have coming in, we need to do something, fast.

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Route 29 Solutions contractor plans vendor fair for local, small, disadvantaged businesses

Lane-Corman Joint Venture will hold a vendor fair for local, small and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) contractors, vendors and suppliers interested in subcontracting for the Route 29 Solutions highway improvement projects.

Impact of healthcare law on Virginia small businesses focal point of webinar

Health Works for Northern Virginia, in conjunction with small business organization Small Business Majority, will host a webinar on Thursday, July 9, 2015, on the healthcare law and its impact on Virginia small businesses and entrepreneurs.


Governor McAuliffe announces launch of Virginia business plan competition

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a key component of his efforts to catalyze entrepreneurism in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Velocity business plan competition opened today and is overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The competition focuses on entrepreneurs in the key strategic growth sectors of bioscience and energy.

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Randy Forbes: Stories from Virginia small business owners

American small businesses have been the backbone of our nation’s economy for centuries. Today, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.

Bob Goodlatte: Small businesses have large impacts on local economies

Driving through the Sixth Congressional District is a lesson in the role small businesses play in shaping and growing our communities.


Virginia Small Business Financing Authority receives additional $6.1 million from U.S. Treasury

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA), a division of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD), has secured an additional $6.1 million to help Virginia’s banks lend more to small businesses.

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Robert Hurt introduces bill to reduce the regulatory burden on small companies

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) recently introduced the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, H.R. 1965. This legislation would streamline regulations for small public companies, removing disincentives for companies to access capital in the public markets.

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Robert Hurt votes to encourage small business input at the CFPB

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act, which would create a Small Business Advisory Board at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Augusta County announces first-ever Small Business Loan Fund

Augusta County announced Thursday the launch of a Small Business Loan Fund. The county’s first-ever loan fund program is aimed at boosting ideas to reality by supporting entrepreneurial activity in our growing economy.

Marketing on a budget: Yes, it can be done

It’s tough for businesses to get their messages to stand out with so much marketing going on around us. TV, radio, newspapers, the Internet, smartphones, social media: we’re literally surrounded by marketing messages every second of every day.

Five things to think about: Your business website

It’s not enough to just have a business website. Having a web presence in and of itself is all well and good, but it has to add to your bottom line.

VDOT reaching out to small business owners

The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District is hosting a series of small business fairs in April and May to show local vendors how they can work with VDOT and other state agencies.

Staunton to offer supply chain workshop series for small business owners

The City of Staunton, in conjunction with Staunton Creative Community Fund, received a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant in May 2014 to provide technical assistance to the City’s small business community. The City has selected Skill Set Partners, LLC to provide supply chain consulting services.

Letter: Bob Goodlatte and Renewable Fuels Standard

It was with great disappointment that I read your February 5 piece attacking Rep. Bob Goodlatte and his leadership in Congress on such a key issue as the corn ethanol mandate, commonly referred to as the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

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Robert Hurt votes for small business tax relief bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act, which would make permanent several tax provisions, including one that allows small businesses and family farms to expense certain investments in new equipment and property each year.

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Robert Hurt votes to protect small business

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act.

Staunton to offer small business workshop series

Thanks to a $90,000 grant, local small businesses will soon have an opportunity to participate in workshops that could help them increase net gains and achieve added value along the rural supply chain.

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Randy Forbes: The small business race

Today, small business owners are in a race against more than simply the pursuit of their own dreams, or growth goals, or long-term visions for their companies.

AFP editor is guest on Small Business Revival podcast

The Small Business Revival podcast with host Brian Mininger features an interview with Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham.

McAuliffe’s budget proposal places target on local tourism?

In a blow to Virginia travel and tourism, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s new budget proposal includes a new travel services tax on consumers who use the services of online travel agencies (OTAs), brick and mortar travel agents, small business tour operators, and other travel intermediaries.

Boost business by raising minimum wage

As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I’d like to see the federal minimum wage increase as well to benefit business and our economy nationwide.

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Eat less and move more: The secret to losing weight, changing your life

People ask me all the time, How did you do it? This time last year, I weighed in at 275 pounds. I’m down to 177 as I write this, just short of 100 pounds off that high, or depending on your perspective, that low, low point.

Farmers: Tax extenders help now, permanent solution needed

The U.S. Senate is expected to move forward with legislation that cleared the House of Representatives last week for retroactive tax extenders.

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Attorney General Mark Herring shares important tips for safe holiday shopping

Whether shopping at the mall, at a local small business, or online, 2014 holiday sales nationwide are forecast to reach approximately $616.9 billion dollars.

Staunton receives $100,000 for Entrepreneur Challenge

Governor Terry McAuliffe at last week’s Virginia Economic Summit announced the City of Staunton as one of the first three communities that will each receive up to $100,000 for small business development.