US Small Business News Round-up – 20/10/2008

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:

  • Govt to hold small business summit to discuss crisis: The federal government will hold a small business summit on the global financial crisis in Brisbane on Friday. The summit will attended by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Treasurer Wayne Swan, Corporate
  • Nightmare on Main Street?: Banks are failing, the stock market is tumbling, and the federal government appears unable to stop the bleeding. While much of the focus has been on Wall Street lately, how are the nation’s small businesses coping? Our panel of entrepreneurs sounds off on the new challenges they’re facing — and how best to weather the storm.
  • MoneyZone: Small businesses hoping to export their products can get help from a new online course offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration./li>
  • Business Idea Of The Week: Web Design: Web design can be a lucrative business choice if you have the creativity and knowledge required. The majority of businesses will not have the skills in-house to create an outstanding website from nothing. Therefore, if you are able to do it for them then they can hire you and pay for your time. The work you receive can vary from a few hours of simple designing to large undertakings which may require you to work full-time for one employer for some time.
  • Google (GOOG) Earnings A Perfect Proxy For Small Business: Google’s (GOOG) earnings are ancient news now. The search company did much better than expected. The economy did not bring it down like a rhino killed off in the wild.
  • Holiday bonuses amy be casualty of economy:The year-end bonuses or holiday gifts that many small business employees are hoping for may end up a casualty of the stumbling economy.
  • EMC beefs up Iomega Drives: Hopkinton data storage company EMC Corp. specializes in high-end gear for big business. But the company’s Iomega Corp. subsidiary is now adding corporate grade features to its line of external hard drives for home and small business users. The…
  • SBA offers export course online: A new training course is now available at the Small Business Administration’s training Web site to assist entrepreneurs in exploring exporting opportunities.
  • Darwin’s Law intensifies as economic crisis hits early-stage companies: As Silicon Valley”s entrepreneurial culture confronts a crisis that evokes memories of the dot-com bust, hundreds of start-ups are downshifting from high gear to low, the better to negotiate the steep, perilous path ahead. The emphasis on speed “” growing market share as fast as possible “” has been supplanted by one of survival.
  • Start-Ups Give Idaho an Identity Beyond Potatoes: Idaho’s economy is increasingly being driven by technology and green manufacturing companies, big and small.

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

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