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:
- Small Businesses Turn to Extensis for Help Lowering Costs During Economic Downturn: WOODBRIDGE, N.J., Oct 30, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Extensis Group LLC., New Jersey’s largest Professional Employer Organization (PEO), has publicly released that in the last 90 days, it has experienced a 54% year over year increase in requests for proposals from small business owners. Small business owners have intensified their efforts to find innovative methods to manage their costs and drive a higher ROI on their Human Resources investment. A partnership with Extensis positions small business owners to minimize the impact of the current volatility in the economy, provides a strong partner with years of experience in this marketplace and positions their businesses for renewed growth
- A small-business cloud: Conversation with Daptiv: Daptiv provides collaboration and BI tools for businesses both small and very large. This conversation with Tim Low explores the company’s products and technologies.
- Small-business owners testify before House committee: The House Small Business Committee has heard testimony from business owners across the country feeling the credit crunch. Many entrepreneurs have been turned down by banks with whom they’ve had relationships with for years. “Members are angry that taxpayers are giving money to irresponsible big businesses,” said Margot Dorfman, chief executive officer of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
- Business Idea Of The Week: Special Events Videos: If you enjoy making videos of family gatherings and special occasions then you should consider this business idea. Many people choose to hire someone to film the event so that they can concentrate on participating in it. Once you have the equipment needed you could cover any type of event, ranging from corporate functions to band gigs and weddings.
- LiveDeal plans $500,000 share buyback : LiveDeal Inc., which combines classifieds, Internet Yellow Pages directory and acquisition services for small businesses, said Monday its board authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $500,000 in shares of its common stock.
- SJC judge rules on employment discrimination case: A Supreme Judicial Court judge has ruled in a Boston case that an employee who works for a small business with fewer than six workers can file an employment discrimination complaint in the Superior Court under the Massachusetts Equal…
- Inspiration Can Be Found in Many Places, but You Need to Be looking: Successful people say inspiration isn’t all luck. Equally important is having an open mind, especially in tumultuous times.
- New Rules, New Headaches for Importers: New laws are affecting importing and exporting. They could impact your business.
- Though Economy Contracts, Small-Business Owners Stay Optimistic: The news that GDP contracted in the third quarter vindicates people saying that the U.S. economy is going into a recession. Of course, you need two consecutive quarters of negative growth to be in an official recession, but it seems likely that more contractions are coming.
- Small Business: Ways to cut down on expenses: There’s no room for excess in a down economy. Businesses have to operate leaner these days or risk shutting their doors.
- State to air small businesses’ policy ideas: Later this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will host the state’s first Governor’s Conference on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, to be held in Los Angeles.<
- Missed goals, bad contract data irk Congress: The federal government failed to meet its goal of awarding 23 percent of its contracting dollars to small businesses even after the Small Business Administration included $5 billion that actually went to large businesses.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.