US Small Business News Round-up – 2009/05/18

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:

  • IDC offers a snapshot of the PC peripheral market: US consumers and small businesses will spend at least $18.8 billion in 2009 for PC accessories and related peripherals, software, and services, according to projections from IDC. The recession may be restraining overall spending, but the US market still represents…
  • Brown-Waite to host small-business summit on May 27 in Land O’ Lakes: (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On May 27, U.S. Representative Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-05) will host a forum in Land O’ Lakes to provide resources to local small-business owners on navigating today’s difficult economic climate.
  • Free “Jump Start Your Business” workshops from the SBA: Starting Monday, May 18, 2009, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting Jump Start your Business, a series of **free workshops designed to help start-up and existing small business owners improve the bottom line.
  • Richardson small-business owner says hefty premiums have kept her firm from competing for big contracts: Vanessa Ogle blames high health care costs for her Richardson-based technology company missing out on several multimillion-dollar contracts.Ogle is CEO of Enseo Inc., which provides the technology that, among other things, enables stadium spectators to see scores, advertisements and video highlights from the same big-screen display.
  • Small business financing still a tough sell: Entrepreneurs looking covetously at the multi-billion dollar bailouts for banks and automakers should stop dreaming: securing funds for small businesses has always been and will continue to be tough.
  • Accelerator funds new startup based on university of Washington technology: Seattle biotechnology incubator Accelerator has formed and funded a new startup called Xori based on research out of the University of Washington.
  • Bush Offers Safety Net to Entrepreneurs: The Bush Administration today said it would begin a direct infusion of $250 billion into the American banking system in order to get credit lines flowing again. As part of the plan, “unlimited insurance coverage for non-interest-bearing deposit transaction accounts” will be instituted by the federal government, according to a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation statement. The move is seen as direct relief for entrepreneurs using bank-based accounts to cover payroll

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

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