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Obama: GOP Blocking Unemployed, Small Business Aid

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says Senate Republicans are playing politics with bills that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses, reported The Associated Press. Striking a deeply partisan tone in his weekly radio and online address, Obama said the GOP leadership has chosen to “filibuster our recovery and obstruct … Read More »

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Death and Taxes: Why Now Is a Great Time to Die

Much was made about the timing of George Steinbrenner’s death — the longtime owner of the New York Yankees passed away on the eve of baseball’s All-Star game, and a fitting tribute ensued. But perhaps more noteworthy for his family, “The Boss” also died in a year when the estate tax has temporarily lapsed, which … Read More »

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The Most Important Questions in Business

Entrepreneurs can’t completely inoculate their businesses from the vagaries of the market. What they can do is wrestle with the fundamental questions that govern the fate of any enterprise. Digging for those answers is a grueling exercise–one that takes serious intellectual and emotional honesty. With any hope, the process begins long before money’s been spent, … Read More »

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Banks Happy to Hand Credit Cards but Not Loans to Small Businesses

On Monday Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took up the growing issue of lack of lending to small businesses by banks, and the havoc it’s causing in the economy. Lending to small businesses contracted by $40 billion for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to 2008, reported FORTUNE. Only a third to half of … Read More »

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The Art (and Journey) of Raising Funds

For an entrepreneurial start-up, landing that first check from an investor is a milestone. What many start-ups don’t realize is that the seed capital they raise – often from friends and family – is just the first step in a fundraising journey that can drag on for months or even years, wrote a columnist in … Read More »

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Fed Aiming to Boost Small Business Lending

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has stepped up pressure to get banks to boost lending to the nation’s small businesses, a critical element to spurring the economic recovery and reducing unemployment, reported The Associated Press. Bernanke and other regulators have urged banks since February to increase their lending to smaller companies. Lawmakers on … Read More »

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