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:
- Finding funding in a tight credit market: Gregory Magarshak needed a $20,000 loan to grow his Web development company Lucky Apps. He got the credit, but not through his bank and he didn’t use his credit card.
- Small business forced to change, or die: These days, it’s imperative for small businesses to be flexible and make radical changes. Your Business talked to a handful that discovered it’s time to change or die.
- Small business advertising and PR: A starter guide: Advertising and public relations can be essential in helping a company gain new customers, keep existing customers, develop a brand identity, increase sales, grow the business and more – if executed well. A successful advertising and PR campaign communicates the strengths
- Insuring your small business: Insurance protects your business from the unexpected – theft, fire, lawsuits and more – and is available for almost every kind of business risk. The types of insurance you need depend on the specific situation of your business. To decide which insurance options are right for you, you must weigh the
- WinWeb and infoUK Announce Exclusive Strategic Partnership to Benefit Small Businesses: London, March 31st, 2009 – WinWeb, the leading small business software and service provider, partners with B2B data and business list supplier infoUK (an infoGROUP company, NASDAQ: IUSA) to give small businesses a leg up in today’s tight economy. The alliance will provide WinWeb customers access to 200 free sales leads and business list data from infoUK and in return, infoUK customers will be able to utilise WinWeb’s OnlineOffice™ for free.
- Small Medical Companies, a Front Innovation, Are Feeling Recession’s Pinch: Small companies are at the heart of creating new health care technologies, and the jobs that follow, but financing is getting hard to come by.
- NYC: Amid Swaths of Greed, Pockets of Benevolence: From Greenwich Village to the Upper East Side, businesses are helping the people who need jobs and the victims of Bernard L. Madoff.
- Be wary of letting credit card firms into debit business, committee told: OTTAWA – The organization representing small businesses in Canada is advising the government to tread carefully before allowing credit card companies into the low-cost debit market.
- NFIB, Direct Energy make power pact: Direct Energy and the National Federation of Independent Business have joined forces to address one of the biggest problems for small business owners today — energy costs.
- ST Charles EDC drops loan application fee: The Economic Development Center of St. Charles County has eliminated its $500 application fee for its Small Business Administration loan program in an effort to encourage business lending.
- SBA honors Ojibwe member, others with annual awards: The U.S. Small Business Administration is recognizing a Red Lake Ojibwe Tribe member whose Bemidji-based manufacturing supplies company provides jobs and training to American Indians.
- Voluntary Benefits 101: As the worker-pay-all model gains momentum, biz owners should learn the pros and cons of voluntary benefits.
- Indiana, SBDC to hold procurement seminar: The Indiana Department of Administration and the Southeastern Indiana Small Business Development Center is planning a seminar to help companies learn how to do business with state government.
- Financing basics for small businesses: Proper financing of your small business is critical to its success, but it’s not always easy to understand and execute smoothly. This guide will walk you through some of the major financing issues and questions you may face as a small business owner, as well as how to overcome them.>
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.