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Stephen Barlas

30 Recent Stories

Bill Battle

Can restructuring save a program that helps entrepreneurs but hurts the budget?
November 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Go South

The sun comes out over Central America with a new trade agreement.
October 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Border Patrol

Congress goes to bat for in-state expansion tax incentives.
September 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Feel the Burn

A new bill could help small companies pump up tax deductions.
August 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Walk This Way

With more funding, SBDCs can lead you in the right direction.
July 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Bill of Health?

New legislation may cure your health insurance pains.
July 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

State of the Estate

Will congress finally repeal the estate tax for good?
June 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Standard Issues

New food and disability rules pose challenges for small business.
May 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Thin is In

With new rules, the SBA hopes to cut big companies from its procurement numbers.
April 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Just the facts

The FDA doesn't want any more lies on dietary supplement labels.
March 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Out of Reach

Some say that the SBA is withholding contracts--and important information.
February 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Take a Peek

What does Congress have in mind for 2005? Go back to the future to find out.
January 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

What's Cookin'?

The FTC is serving up a new and improved franchise rule, but is it what small-business owners ordered?
December 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Let Them Eat Cake

When it comes to small business, a new tax-cut bill is half-baked.
November 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Wrong! Try Again

It's back to square one for the SBA and its small-business size standards.
October 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Hunting Season

Feds try to protect the little guy from payroll tax predators.
September 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Out of Sight

Stock options can stay off your balance sheet--for now.
August 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Stepping On It

Will new measures really rev up U.S. manufacturers' engines?
July 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Good Measure

The SBA is looking for new ways to size up small businesses.
June 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Feeling the Pinch

A new proposal seeks to get the SBA's 7(a) loan program back on its feet. But what could it mean for you?
May 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

High and Dry?

A new federal contract program may not be an oasis after all.
April 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Healthy Choice

Congress comes up with a better alternative to the troubled MSA.
March 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Level Playing Field

The SBA evens the odds for smaller businesses seeking to win contracts.
February 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

What Goes Up

Now there's a new way to track small business's ups and downs.
January 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Taking Credit

Washington shields businesses from identity theft losses.
December 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

A Taxing Issue

With a tax benefit for U.S. exporters gone, Congress is scrambling to find an alternative.
November 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Growing Up

Congress is set to increase the lending ceilings on SBA programs.
October 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Just a Mirage?

Proposed legislation may expand SBIC financing-someday.
August 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Clocking In

For low-wage workers, overtime may get more lucrative.
July 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

To Your Health

An old health insurance bill gets a second chance at life.
June 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine