US Home & Small Business News Round-up – 2009/05/25

US Home & Small Business News RoundupHere is this week’s news round-up for home business, small business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from the United States:

  • What NAS Can DO For the Small Business:NAS (Network Attached Storage) will help organize the most important information in your small business. Find out the best ways to utilize it.
  • Credit card reform leaves small biz out: When the Senate passed its credit-card reform bill on Tuesday, Senator Christopher Dodd called it “a great day for consumers.” But what will it mean for small business owners who’ve been struggling with inflated rates and unexpected fees on their credit cards?
  • Emergency loans: Will banks play ball?: The Small Business Administration plans to begin dispersing funds in mid-June for a new, highly anticipated emergency lending program, but don’t race off to the bank to fill out an application just yet. Many lenders are still sitting on the sidelines, waiting for more details from the SBA before they decide whether or not to participate.
  • mall – biz index shows gains: A monthly index of small business economic indicators jumped 5.8 points in April, with a majority of business owners expecting the economy to improve over the next three to six months.
  • SBA backing recovery loans: Beginning June 15, U.S. Small Business Administration will guarantee America’s Recovery Capital loans.
  • Recession makes vacation scheduling difficult: Many small business owners are likely to find a perennial summertime challenge, keeping their companies staffed during peak vacation times, even harder this year.
  • Obama calls small businesses key to economy: President Barack Obama says the nation’s small businesses are responsible for half of the nation’s private sector jobs and deserve support from Washington.

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

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