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:
- For Small Employers, Shedding Workers and Tears: The often personal task of laying off workers can inflict a large emotional toll on small-business managers.
- Why Small businesses Still Can’t Borrow Money: An interview with Doug Tatum, a financial consultant and champion of a tax-deferral plan that he says could unleash the job-creating power of small businesses.
- Oregon small business to get federal help: The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs as a micro lender for Oregon and Southwest Washington to help small businesses in need of capital and laid-off workers who are starting their own businesses.
- Selling them on your vision: Entrepreneurs launching a small business need capital to get off the ground. Loans are tougher to get these days, so pitching your startup idea as an investment opportunity might be an option.
- Cutting costs hour by hour, worker by worker: As the recession drags on, business owners face daily decisions about what to cut next to stay ahead of declining sales.
- Small biz needs more from Obama: There is little doubt that President Obama has taken some big, bold steps to get the economy moving again. But those who could be the engine of this recovery have a message for him: think smaller
- Houston Growth Summit to shed light on city’s future: The Houston Growth Summit on May 21 aims to give local executives and entrepreneurs an opportunity to get ahead of the business curve.
- Car dealers applaud SBA loan change: Automobile dealers and SBA lenders praised the Small Business Administration’s decision to make more businesses eligible for its government-guaranteed loans.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.