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How One Small Business Got Big

How One Small Business Got Big

At the most recent She Owns It business group meeting, the owners were joined by a guest, Rebecca Cenni, who founded Atrium Staffing in 1995. Atrium is a staffing and payroll firm with about 130 employees, $140 million in annual sales, and offices in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and four cities in New Jersey. Ms. Cenni talked about the challenges of growing and managing her bu...

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Federal Woes Faze Small-Business Owners

Federal Woes Faze Small-Business Owners

Two weeks ago, Andy Vabulas canceled a $100,000 plan to upgrade his company's aging communications system, saying he is holding off on spending until U.S. federal budget issues are resolved. "We've decided to keep our money until we have a better idea of what's going on" in Washington, said Mr. Vabulas, the 58-year-old owner of I.B.I.S. Inc., a supply chain software firm in Peachtree Corners, Ga....

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Government Spending Up for Women-Owned Small Business Contracts

Government Spending Up for Women-Owned Small Business Contracts

After nothing but bad news coming from Washington, D.C., this month, there's finally a ray of sunshine for female small business owners. While federal contract spending has decreased overall over the last several years, new research from American Express OPEN revealed that spending on women-owned small business (WOSB) contracts has risen moderately since 2009. OPEN, American Express' small busine...

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SBA launches new program for women contractors

SBA launches new program for women contractors

Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills has a few items left on her agenda before she steps down from her appointed post and President Obama’s cabinet — one of which is helping women-owned small businesses secure more federal contracts. The SBA, in partnership with D.C.-based public policy organization Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express OPEN, the credit card co...

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Federal Small Business Contract Goal Missed For 6th Straight Year

Federal Small Business Contract Goal Missed For 6th Straight Year

Main Street lost out on billions in 2011 because the U.S. government missed its goal of awarding 23 percent of all federal contract dollars to small businesses. The Small Business Administration reported Tuesday that the federal government awarded $91.5 billion in contracts to small businesses last year, but missed its mark by $3.8 billion. Small businesses scored only 21.7 percent of the funds p...

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