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:
- S.J. seeks manufacturer to serve biotech start-ups: In San Jose’s Edenvale Technology Park, small life-sciences companies are looking to change the world.
- Ideas fro keeping your cash flowing: Cash management is ultimately about cash flow – and very few small businesses are awash in cash. Even successful, growing companies are vulnerable to cash-flow problems because they tend to add employees and inventory rapidly. This may quickly deplete the…
- Fraud Found in SBA Contact Program: Federal investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released reports Wednesday indicating that millions of dollars intended for small businesses were misallocated due to a weak application process in a SBA program. A Congressional hearing on the investigation is taking place today.
- Bartering Expands in the Internet Age: One of the largest “little” industries of small companies in America, the trade exchange business has developed broadly over the past 25 years.
- Starting a Small Business in a Bad Economy: Smart entrepreneurs can be successful even in tough times
- Small Talk: Small business owners need to take time off: NEW YORK — With the summer months nearly half over, some business owners are finding it hard to let go for a vacation, even for a few days. But many company owners might not realize that the business will benefit from the boss getting away for even just a few days.
- Lenovo Builds Notebooks for SMBs: Small business owners are constantly on the go and always looking for the chance to squeeze in a few more hours of work. That makes them perfect candidates for a notebook computer.
- When it comes to small business issues, candidates show differences: The 2008 president election will offer small business owners a choice of two very different approaches to addressing their top concerns — the cost of health care, energy and federal taxes.
- Small business program under fire: Companies around the country received millions of dollars in federal contracts under the guise of being located in low-income neighborhoods when actually they were not, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
- Credit seen drying up for small business: CHICAGO (Reuters) – As losses mount at American banks and the pain of the credit crisis spreads from housing and finance to the broader economy, many small companies complain it is increasingly difficult to obtain loans.
- Sales of Southern California companies drop sharply: L.A. County sells about a third fewer firms than in the same period last year, Riverside County about half as many.
- SBA sets deadline to apply for disaster loans in Indiana: Home and business owners in Indiana have until Aug. 11 to apply for Small Business Administration disaster loans, the agency said Tuesday.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.