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:
- A Classroom Path to Entrepreneurship: As college courses in how to start small businesses are becoming as ubiquitous as Economics 101, gone is the conventional wisdom that such skills cannot be learned in class.
- Don’t be Afraid to Delegate: Small-business owners need to delegate, if they wish to grow, and that is a concept that can be difficult for many to accept.
- Fighting Fakes: It’s not just Gucci and Rolex. These days, counterfeiters will knock off pretty much anything.
- Health-care costs rising faster for N.J small business: Employer health insurance costs continued to climb last year in New Jersey, with small employers seeing the steepest increases, according to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association’s 2008 Health Benefits Survey.
- State unveils pandemic flu planning kit: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has developed a planning guide to assist small businesses to prepare for and respond to a pandemic influenza outbreak.
- City?s small business get creative: For the city’s 220,000 small businesses, facing down economic uncertainty before it begins to take a large toll on sales and profits can be key to surviving and even thriving during a downturn
- Helping hand from the city: After six years on the job, Rob Walsh is still trying to convince entrepreneurs that the city Department of Small Business Services isn’t another bullying bureaucracy. He understands their reluctance.
- The Key to Retaining Sales Talent: Good salespeople are worth their weight in gold. That’s why it pays to reward them with a pair of golden handcuffs.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.