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:
- California Called 2nd-toughest for small firms: High taxes and burdensome regulations make California the second-toughest state in the nation for small businesses, with only New Jersey scoring worse in a report card issued by a national organization of entrepreneurs. Low-tax South Dakota and Nevada ranked…
- Bay State is fertile ground for entrepreneurs: Another study suggests that the Massachusetts economy may be weathering the economic downturn better than the overall US economy. According to a new study from Babson College, new businesses are being created more rapidly in Massachusetts than in the…
- Entrepreneurs find funding in small doses: While microlending is popular worldwide, it is also helping many entrepreneurs in the United States climb a ladder to self-sufficiency.
- In the Hunt: Three Start-ups, a Year Later: This has been a gut-wrenching first year in business for three entrepreneurs whose start-ups were profiled in this column last December.
- Small business anxiety on the rise: Small-business decision makers are shaken by deteriorating economic conditions and are increasingly worried for the future of both the economy and their organizations, a new City Business Journals Network survey shows .
- Umsobomvn slashes rates to small business: UMSOBOMVU Youth Fund is cutting its base interest rates by 2.5 percent, effective from next month, in response to the global credit crisis. The fund announced its new plans to assist small, medium
- DirectoryM partners with publisher: Online business directory startup DirectoryM has announced a content license partnership with John Wiley & Sons Inc., which publishes the “For Dummies” series of books.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.