Post image for Size Does Matter . . . for Women-Owned Businesses Seeking Federal Contracts

Do you have (or want) to do business with the federal government? Are you thinking of merging your company with another? If so, check out the new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) rules on small business size that went into effect on June 30th. As reported in, to ensure that a certain percentage of federal […]


Post image for Women’s Business Ownership Act Turns 20

Last week, Small Business Adminsitration executives celebrated the anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988.  According to an SBA press release, the pioneering legislation, also known as H.R. 5050, created the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, the SBA’s Women’s Business Center (WBC) program, and the National Women’s Business Council […]


Post image for What to Do When Your Financing Freezes

This climate is exceptionally frustrating for entrepreneurs–a lot of the taxpayer stimulus money that was supposed to be sent to the banks to make loans to small businesses is being held up either in legislative approvals or by the banks themselves, which are tightening access to credit like a noose. I know many small-business owners […]


The U. S. Small Business Administration named me a Women in Business Champion of the Year, and I’m mighty pleased. As you may be able to commiserate, there are the dog days as a woman business owner (or just a business owner) where–like the tree-in-the-forest riddle–I wonder: if I stop doing what I’m doing, would […]


Post image for Protecting an Idea . . . Like Grasping Smoke?

I received an e-mail out of the blue recently about how to protect an idea. Not a plan, not a project, not something tangible . . . but a thought about a new approach to pet care. That’s about as much information as I have. Understandably, the entrepreneur was reluctant to disclose the idea because […]