US Small Business News Round-up – 2009/01/26

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:

  • In the Hunt: Upbeat on Cape Cod, Despite a recession: Five entrepreneurs say they are looking for angles to exploit in a recession.
  • New Year’s Resolutions From the Experts: Here’s what our expert columnists want you to resolve to do to make your business better in 2009.
  • WinWeb Launches Australian Version of OnlineOffice.: Today we release the Australian version for OnlineOffice’5. Anyone signing up to OnlineOffice choosing ‘Australia’ as their home country will automatically be assigned to the Australian version of our accounting module, invoicing, quotation and online shop modules.
  • O’Brien: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs still thinking big: A recent Businessweek cover story asked, ‘What’s Wrong With Silicon Valley?’ It’s a provacative question, but one that misses the mark. While there are some valid criticisms of the valley’s culture, the region is once again demonstrating its biggest strength by shift its focus on innovation to green technologies.
  • Solar industry looks for light at tunnel’s end: Many once-promising solar companies are struggling to maintain momentum against the strong headwinds of the financial crisis. Feel-good headlines about well-funded start-ups and new jobs are giving way to grim announcements of factory delays and layoffs.
  • Small business owners clamor for government contracts: Small business owners want to make sure they get a sizable share of the contracts from President Barack Obama’s stimulus package. Congress has set a goal of 23 percent of stimulus contracts going to small businesses, but in the past, large corporations have been able to bend the rules to score contracts aimed at small businesses.

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

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