small business http://kbia.org en For small business owners, election highlights key issues http://kbia.org/post/small-business-owners-election-highlights-key-issues <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>By most accounts, Missouri is a pink state.</p><p>Not red. Not blue. Pink.</p><p>But, when thousands of small business owners in Missouri were asked which candidate was more supportive of small business, 35 percent chose President Barack Obama, 24 percent picked Gov. Mitt Romney, and 41 percent said they were unsure. (That’s from a recent George Washington University and Thumbtack <a href="http://www.thumbtack.com/mo/">poll</a>.)</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:01:09 +0000 Kristofor Husted 23772 at http://kbia.org For small business owners, election highlights key issues Campaigns focus on small business but not farm bill http://kbia.org/post/campaigns-focus-small-business-not-farm-bill <p></p><p>Countdown to Election Day is upon us.</p><p>And while business development continues to surge as a hot topic this campaign season, the expired farm bill seems to have disappeared off candidates' radars completely. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer has this report on just how much candidates are talking farm policy...in farm country.</p><p>By most accounts, Missouri is a pink state.</p><p>Not red. Not blue. Pink.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:37:49 +0000 Kristofor Husted 23765 at http://kbia.org Campaigns focus on small business but not farm bill Micro-businesses showcased at Columbia fair http://kbia.org/post/micro-businesses-showcased-columbia-fair <p>Small businesses don’t always get to showcase their work, but in Columbia, they had the ability to network with other businesses at the Microbusiness Fair and Reception Tuesday.</p><p>The Columbia Chamber of Commerce put on the fair at the Stoney Creek Inn. Chamber President Don Laird said this gives businesses an opportunity to network.&nbsp;</p><p>“The main thing that we had hoped was for those who were participating, to gain access to some new knowledge, some new products," Laird said. "Anything someone else is doing to give them a chance to be able to see what else is out there.”</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:41:39 +0000 Ryan Shiner 22967 at http://kbia.org Micro-businesses showcased at Columbia fair Mo. small businesses eligible for federal aid http://kbia.org/post/mo-small-businesses-eligible-federal-aid <p>Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.</p><p>Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought. The deadline for loans is March and applications can be submitted online at <a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/">https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/</a>.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:54:54 +0000 Associated Press 18606 at http://kbia.org Mo. small businesses eligible for federal aid