US Small Business News Round-up – 26/05/2008

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:

  • You Can Call for I.T. Help Without Hiring a Whole Crew: Setting up and maintaining computers requires time and expertise that may be in short supply. But assistance is easier to find as vendors like Geek Squad focus on small businesses.
  • While the economy Struggles, Profits Can Be Made: While the slow economy has left many small businesses scraping to get by, some enterprises are finding opportunity in the carnage.
  • The Goal Is to DO the Right Thing:Small businesses are trying to provide information to consumers about why their products are considered “green.” Nonetheless, there are few definite rules or standards.
  • SBA offers disaster assistance following Trigo Fire: The Small Business Administration is making low-interest disaster loans available to residents and businesses affected by the Trigo Fire that began April 15.
  • Most small business owners optimistic: Nearly 78 percent of owners and managers of small businesses say their companies will meet or surpass growth expectations this year, according to a national survey. (ASF)
  • Linksys Empowers Channel Partners and Small Business Customers With New Leasing Options: IRVINE, Calif., May 20. A Division of Cisco, and the recognized leading global manufacturer of voice, wireless, and networking hardware for home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and small business users, today announced the Linksys Partner Connection (LPC) program has broadened to include lease options from leading financial organization InteliLease(TM). The leasing options bring a new level of service to LPC members and their customers with affordable and flexible alternatives to traditional financing by granting access to funds that could be used for acquiring Linksys by Cisco Business Series networking solutions and other complementary products.
  • SBA Advocacy Office Pushes for Greater Autonomy: The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is applauding (pdf) new legislation that would give it greater autonomy from its agency parent and codify an executive order requiring all federal agencies to consider the impact on small businesses when crafting regulations.
  • Small Businesses Feel Sting of Inflation|: The cost of doing business keeps rising for small businesses. Having to pay more for goods and fuel means increasing prices, too.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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