Banks used money for small businesses to repay TARP debt

Much of the money the U.S. government lent to banks for small-business loans was used instead to pay obligations to the Troubled Asset Relief Program. More than half of the $4 billion lent this year to help small businesses repaid debt to TARP. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/6)

How to keep heating costs down this winter

Heating bills can strain small businesses in the wintertime, but taking some simple steps can help to keep down the cost of keeping warm, Kelly Spors writes. Eliminate leaks that allow warm air to escape from doors and windows and get a programmable thermostat, she suggests. Also use a ceiling fan to circulate warm air around the room. Small Business Trends (10/5)

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