Small Business Week heads to D.C.

It’s Small Business Week, and here are a few links to help you know what’s going on.

Inc. has a list of ten impressive attendees in D.C., and the New York Times has a post packed with useful Small Business Week links. At Entrpereneur.com, Victoria Tifft, the Small Business Administration 2012 National Small Business Person of the Year and founder of ClinicalRM, a medical device and vaccine research company, discusses the growth of her business.

And at Reuters, John Stoehr is asking, in light of a challenge to the health care law: Who truly speaks for Small Businesses?

Not in D.C. but want to get involved? The White House is holding a Google hangout with SBA Administrator Karen Mills at 3:00pm ET on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Log on and hang out.

Image: U.S. President Barack Obama holds up a hoagie sandwich after he meets with small business owners to discuss income tax credits during a roundtable discussion in Taylor Gourmet restaurant in Washington, May 16, 2012. Second from left is Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills. REUTERS/Larry Downing

White House tackles job flexibility

This afternoon the White House is hosting a Workplace Flexibility Forum in response to a report released by the Council of Economic Advisers, titled “Work-life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility.”

The CEA study showed that more than 50 percent of employers surveyed reported allowing at least some workers to periodically change their starting and quitting times. The study also showed about 20 percent of employers allow some of their employees to work from home on a regular basis.

The CEA said many employers cited benefits such as reduced rates of absenteeism and turnover, improved health of their workers, and increased productivity in adopting more flexible work schedules, but added nearly a third of firms said flexibility measures were too costly to implement.

Small Talk: Parsing Geithner’s speech to small business

It appears the magic number for American small businesses is 10, as in the sudden urgency to help smaller companies after the U.S. unemployment rate jumped over 10 percent last month for the first time in a quarter century. After a year with Wall Street at the top of everyone’s agenda, Main Street is now taking center stage.

Suddenly new lending programs are being announced, town halls are hastily being arranged and political heavyweights from across the financial and ideological spectrums are falling over themselves to propose their plans for how to get small businesses back on track and hiring.

Over the past month, everyone from President Obama, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and to billionaire investor Warren Buffett have addressed the issue. Yesterday was Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s kick at the can (watch the video of his speech here), when he chaired a forum on small business financing with FDIC head Sheila Bair and SBA chief Karen Mills.