US Small Business News Round-up – 2009/01/05

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:

  • Chamber has small-business issues forum:Small-business issues forum The monthly Small Business Issues Forum, open to members of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, meets Wednesday, giving small-business owners a chance to meet and share information and resources. The forum is scheduled from noon…
  • Sick time policy crucial for small businesses: Flu season means employee absences. And so the beginning of the year is a good time for company owners to think about their policy not just for sick time, but time off in general.
  • A Nonprofit for Veterans Is faulted on Spending: A nonprofit that Congress set up to help veterans with small businesses was criticized in a Senate report for spending federal dollars on luxuries and high salaries.
  • As Crisis Spreads, a Pinch Becomes a Squeeze: Two months deeper into the recession, six owners of small businesses in the New York region say that the holidays have brought scant respite.
  • Fiscal Chaos Aside, Start-Ups Bloom in Argentina: Argentine entrepreneurs have created a nascent start-up ecosystem with local venture capital funds and angel investors.
  • Small business gets lean: Small-business owners already know things aren’t looking bright for the coming year. But in such dire times, experts have some advice to help entrepreneurs weather the storm: streamline operations, find a niche, and get the most out of employees.

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

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