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:
- Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business index up slightly in August: >The Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index for Colorado registered 87.6 in August, up from a revised 87.3 in July, according to data released Thursday.
- New AT&T virtual help desk targets small businesses: AT&T Inc. has created a round-the-clock technology help desk targeting small businesses. (T)
- Vaxin wins nearly $1M grant for flu vaccine research: Biotech firm Vaxin Inc. has been awarded a $955,357 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health to support the ongoing development of its avian influenza vaccine.
- TW Telecom Feels The Disconnect (TWTC): TW Telecom Inc. (NASDAQ: TWTC), the former Time Warner Telecom, is having a rough morning. Last night the company submitted an SEC filing showing that it was going to warn of slower revenue trends at an investor conference. The company said that it is still experiencing revenue pressure from disconnects from homeowners behind in their mortgages and from very small customers.
- As Credit Lines Fade, Credit Cards Step In: Banks are increasingly offering small businesses credit cards rather than lines of credit, but the cost to business owners can be substantial.
- In The Hunt: Small Businesses Seek Clarity From Presidential Candidates: Small-business owners, usually reliably Republican, are nonetheless frustrated by what they see as the lack of specifics in both presidential candidates’ positions on issues they care about.
- Small businesses, nonprofits qualify for electric bill relief: Small businesses and nonprofits struggling with the higher cost of electricity have until Sept. 26 to apply for electric rate relief assistance of up to $5,000, Ameren Illinois Utilities said Wednesday. (AEE)
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.