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:
- Netgear Plummets after sales, profit miss estimates: Netgear, the maker of networking equipment for homes and small businesses, dropped 17 percent in Nasdaq trading after first-quarter sales and profit missed analysts’ projections.
- Wells Fargo wins SBA award: The U.S. Small Business Administration said that Wells Fargo, Minneapolis has won its Leadership in Inner City Lending Award.
- Small Business concerned by economy, not cutting spending: FedEx Kinko’s released Thursday the results of its national “Signs of the Times” small business survey which found that small business owners are concerned about the state of the economy.
- San Antonio to promote small-business contracting opportunities: The San Antonio Economic Development Department has launched a new outreach program designed to help get the word out to small businesses that a half-billion dollars worth of contracts will be available over the next five years.
- Shifting Careers: Making Long-Distance Partnerships Work: Even though technology makes it possible to run a business from almost anywhere, can a business partnership thrive if the partners live in different cities?
- Broadband forum for small businesses set for May 23: One Southern Indiana and Indiana University Southeast will host a forum next month for local business owners to learn more about using broadband technology.
- In the Hunt: Raising Rates With Out Losing Clients: In a tough economy, the question consultants, freelancers and other solo service providers have puzzled over — how to raise prices without losing customers — just got harder to answer.
- AT&T releases new BlackBerry for small business market: AT&T Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. have collaborated on a new product that is specially designed for the small to midsize business market.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.