US Small Business News Round-up – 30/06/2008

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:

  • Making a Case for Partnership Pay: Small-business owners explore the possibilities of variable pay for employees. Should workers take some of the risks in return for sharing in a company’s success?
  • SBA launches online finance courses: The U.S. Small Business Administration has introduced two new online courses to help small business owners with basic principles of finance and borrowing.
  • Small business owners curtail spending: Small business owners are saving and spending less, as consumer goods and fuel costs top records levels, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey.
  • Ex-Oregonian picked to lead SBA: President Bush has selected Sandy Baruah, who now heads the Economic Development Administration, to lead the Small Business Administration.
  • Small business becomes less taxing: SMALL businesses can potentially access up to 13 new tax concessions following wide-ranging changes effective from July 1. The concessions can help start-up companies and micro businesses, reduce ong
  • Small Businesses Take Hit In Credit Crunch: It’s just part of the fallout from the mortgage mess: lenders are avoiding risk — and that means avoiding new borrowers. Many of those are small businesses. Anthony Mason meets two women with start-ups who just can’t get a loan.
  • Facebook trademark dispute: TRADEMARK DISPUTE Silicon Valley entrepreneur Aaron Greenspan has filed a petition with the U.S.
  • Grants available to small business: SALEM – The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department has a new round of grants to help Oregon small businesses access federal funding opportunities.
  • Taxing Issues: This November’s elections may well hinge on who can best secure the promise of a more certain economic future for American families. Amidst unprecedented foreign competition for jobs and investment, voters have the option of two vastly different approaches.
  • SBA offers loan instruction: Small business owners can get free financial instruction through two new Web sites created by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Small businesses need midyear financial checkups: NEW YORK (AP) — The end of June and beginning of July is an important time for savvy small business owners, who’ll be assessing their companies’ finances and thinking about strategies for the second half of 2008. A midyear checkup is even more important than usual this year, given the uncertainty of the business climate.

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

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