Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from the United States:
- Small Firms Find Credit Is Tightening: The Small Business Administration has not said publicly that it is worried about a credit squeeze but signs point to a decline in business loans through its main program.
- E-Commerce Report: Making Appointments for Doctor or Dinner:A set of Internet start-up companies has emerged to help service providing small businesses use the Web as more than just an online brochure.
- Fortune Small Business ranks San Antonio 34th best entrepreneurial market: San Antonio has been named one of the best places in America for an entrepreneur to live and launch a new business. (TWX)
- Grant establishes Houston employee health care program: Houston will share in a $1-million Texas Health and Human Services Commission grant to develop health care programs for small business employees.
- SBA streamlines loan procedure docs, adds search functions: >The U.S. Small Business Administration has modernized its standard operating procedure for lender and development company loan programs.
- Will March Madness Lead to Recession?: Probably not. But according to some estimates, the NCAA basketball tournament could cost the U.S. economy almost $2 billion in lost productivity. Why it’s easier than ever to waste time at the office — and what companies are doing to prevent it.
- Running a Company From Home: Setting clear boundaries and carving out time for your work is the key to being a well-balanced home based entrepreneur.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.