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Like many of our viewers SOHO Today is also growing, and is being relaunched as a network.

Visit us now! Our new site is up, although we are still tweaking the design and adding content. Next month we will officially launch the site and we've got a bunch of new programming!

  • SOHO Today: stiill your show for current news, tips and tricks for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our flagship show will still be hosted by Mary Joan Schultheisz, but returns in a 30-minute format.
  • Shut Up!: A round up of the most outrageous small business and entrepreneur headlines out there
  • He Said / She Said: Opposing points of view from married business couples on topics like finances, health care reform and other current news.
  • Small Business Juggler: Isn't this the real title for every small business owner? We take a look at the every-day challenges and how people manage them.
  • All Things Tech: The latest in technology and how it impacts you and your business
  • Contributions from some of the leading small business experts - including you!

Email us at info@sohotoday.net with questions, topics, and suggestions for guests.

What's your area of expertise? You never know, you could find yourself on the air!

SBA Episodes on SOHO Today

SOHO Today is hosted by Mary Joan Schultheisz, and it's all about small businesses. Beginning in July 2009 SOHO Today can be seen live Thursday afternoons, and in the InTimeTV.com archives any time. So if you miss a show or want to refer a colleague or friend you’ll always be able to find us.

SOHO stands for Small Office, Home Office, and small business is the focus of this show. On SOHO Today we provide you with tips, tools and techniques for running and growing your small business. We explore topics like technology, financing and insurance, how to get started, how to grow and how to compete against larger companies.

ARC: America' Recovery Capital Loan Program View the show here!

Just what is ARC and how does it affect you as a small business owner? Well, ARC, America's Recovery Capital Loan Program is a brand new SBA program debuting June 15, 2009. Tune in to this timely topic for all the details, including how much money you can expect in a loan.

Guest: Judith A. Roussel, SBA District Director, Illinois District Office. Ms. Roussel has served as Illinois District Director of the SBA since December, 1999. In this capacity, she is responsible for the promotion and delivery of U.S. government programs providing Capital Access, Entrepreneurial Development, International Trade Development and Procurement Assistance to more than 1 million small businesses in the state of Illinois. Programs are delivered through SBA staffs in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, as well as by major resource partners, including SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Small Business Development Center Network.

SBA Week View the show here!

We're going to be talking about SBA Week, how the SBA offers a wealth of programs and resources for small businesses, and a Business Matchmaking event where you can find contacts from many companies and government agencies. We also talk about the 2008 Small Business Award Winners, and how you can get involved.

Guest: Judith A. Roussel, SBA District Director, Illinois District Office. Ms. Roussel has served as Illinois District Director of the SBA since December, 1999. In this capacity, she is responsible for the promotion and delivery of U.S. government programs providing Capital Access, Entrepreneurial Development, International Trade Development and Procurement Assistance to more than 1 million small businesses in the state of Illinois. Programs are delivered through SBA staffs in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, as well as by major resource partners, including SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Small Business Development Center Network.

Guest: Mark Ferguson, SBA Public Information Officer, Illinois District Office. The SBA offers many programs and services to help small business start, grow and succeed. Mark has a master's degree in finance, and prior to joining the SBA in 1991 he worked in the mortgage industry as a loan officer.

SBA Office of Advocacy's Top 10 Rules for Review and Reform View the show here!

The annual cost of complying with federal government mandates has grown to over $1.1 trillion. That means the per household cost of complying with regulations now exceeds that of health insurance. The burden falls especially hard on the smallest of businesses, which annually pay 45 percent more per employee to comply with regulations than big businesses do.

Join us as we discuss the Top 10 Hot List of Rules for Review and Reform (r3) that the Office of Advocacy has compiled from nominations by small business owners and their representatives nationwide.

Ray Marchiori, SBA Office of AdvocacyGuest: Ray Marchiori, Regional Advocate, Office of Advocacy, Region V, SBA. Mr. Marchiori is the Midwestern Regional Advocate for the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. He is the direct link between small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, small business associations, and SBA's Office of Advocacy. Contact Mr. Marchiori at (312) 353-8614 or raymond.marchiori@sba.gov.

Guest: Richard Allen, ChFC and CLU, State President of I.A.A.I. Mr. Allen is currently the President of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (I.A.A.I.). This is a statewide association of over 600 accounting and tax professionals, including CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and other professionals. Also, a member of the National Society of Public Accountantsand of the National Association of Tax Professionals. Mr. Allen has been an enrolled agent for almost 40 years, and also the I.A.A.I. State Instructor for its annual preparation course for the Internal Revenue's Enrolled Agents Exam. He also hold securities registrations, and advance insurance designations (ChFC and CLU) in estate and financial planning. Download Mr. Allen's Home Office Deduction Issues.

The 2008 r3 Top 10 list includes (alphabetically by agency) Download the list here, or click here to

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Update air-monitoring rules for dry cleaners to reflect current technology and reward environmentally friendly dry cleaning methods.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Increase flexibility for community drinking water systems by expanding ways to meet protective drinking water standards.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Encourage recycling by updating the rules for recycling solid wastes so that useful, recyclable materials won't be treated as hazardous waste.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Clearly define "oil" in oil spill rules, so that small facilities storing nonpetroleum-based products are not unintentionally subject to the rules.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): Review flight restrictions surrounding Washington, DC, to see if they can be revised to avoid harming small airports.
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council: Eliminate duplicative financial requirements for small architect-engineering services firms in government contracting, as has been done for other services.
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Simplify the home-office deduction to permit a standard deduction, so that those with home offices can more easily qualify.
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA): Update rules on the use of explosives in mines, to be consistent with modern mining industry standards.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Review the medical/laboratory worker rule to see if it can be more flexible in situations where workers do not have potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
  • Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP): Review reverse auction techniques for online procurement to determine the impact on small firms.

An in-depth list of the 2008 r3 Top 10 Rules for Review and Reform may be viewed www.sba.gov/advo/r3.

You can nominate an Existing Agency Rule for Reform.

U.S. Small Business Administration Programs for Small Businesses View the show here!
Guest: Carol L. Thompson, Assistant District Director/Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois District Office
Ms. Thompson has over 20 years of contracting experience and has served as the National Program Manager for two highly visible SBA programs, the Mentor-Protégé and BusinessLINC programs. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and has completed courses towards a second Masters degree in Procurement and Contracts Management at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Guest: Rosalyn Putman, Business Opportunity Specialist, Illinois District, U.S. Small Business Administration
Ms. Putman is a Business Opportunity Specialist in the 8(a) BD division of the Illinois District Office of the SBA. Rosalyn has worked in this capacity for over five years and manages a portfolio client base of over 50 client firms. She is also one of the facilitators for the agencies 8(a) orientation workshop conducted by the Illinois Office. Ms. Putman holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Wilberforce University.

 

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