Boeing files protest on tanker contract
The Boeing Co. on Tuesday filed a formal protest of a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract, saying the "seriously flawed" selection was "replete with irregularities" and resulted in the "wrong airplane for the warfighter." The comments came as Boeing filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office over the Air Force decision to award the high-stakes deal to European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. The GAO has 100 days to issue a ruling.
Seeking those with business expertise
The Modesto chapter of the nonprofit group Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is looking for business professionals who can help counsel small-business owners. SCORE, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, gives counseling sessions to small- business owners at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce in workshops and education sessions. Business owners and professionals who would like to contribute their time and expertise can call SCORE counselor Peter Fluetsch at 722-1541.
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Government tackles drug firms' pitches
Drug sales representatives may face competition in hospital halls and doctors' offices -- from the federal government. Several states have launched educational campaigns to counteract drug company promotions, which urge doctors to prescribe the newest medications. At the national level, a proposal in the works by Sen. Herbert Kohl, D-Wis., would pay academic medical centers to create objective literature on prescription drugs. The materials, Kohl said, could be an antidote to the promotional pitches that push doctors toward the newest, most expensive drugs.
Las Vegas sees drop in visitor numbers
The number of visitors heading to Las Vegas in January was down slightly from the year before as companies cut back on convention spending. A report from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority shows 3.16 million people visited Las Vegas in January, a drop of less than 1 percent from January 2007. That number was brought down by a slowdown in convention business. The number of people attending conventions in Las Vegas in January fell more than 13 percent from last year.
No Small Talk
The weekly Small Talk column on small-business issues does not appear into today's Work & Money section. It will return next week.