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Are You Ready for Small Business Saturday?

by Tony Gonzalez November 27, 2013 10:05 AM
Everybody knows about Black Friday. Everybody knows about Cyber Monday. But between those two dates is another date that I dare say that very few people are aware of. That date is Small Business Saturday. Ever heard of it? Me neither.

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in the United States. They provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s. Since 1990, big businesses have eliminated 4 million jobs. During that same time frame, small businesses added 8 million new jobs. [More]

Beltway Gears Up for Fort Belvoir Relocation

by Winnie Hsiu December 23, 2009 5:11 AM
"I had been having nightmares trying to figure out how we are going to get through all of this," mused Isiah Leggett, the County Executive for Montgomery County, Maryland. He was referring to the expansion of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, wihch is part of an impending base consolidation that will bring about 19,000 military jobs to the region. Lawmakers announced today that they will allocate $300 million to improve traffic flow, public transit facilities, and pedestrian walkways in the area....Fort Belvoir has set up a website where families can find resources related to their relocation, including a lending closet which will loan out household items for up to two weeks while families wait for their moving vans to arrive, a link to an online calculator that will allow families to make customized checklists and calendars to keep track of their move, and a link to a fact page about the Fort Belvoir area, including information about schools, child care, the cost of living, housing, employment, the commissary and base exchange, banking, medical services, and recreation.

Because the cost of living is higher in the Fort Belvoir area than it is at other bases around the country, families who downsize may also appreciate knowing about self-storage facilities in the area. There are many around the Beltway. Extra Space has numerous facilities in the area, and offers the first month free. [More]