Small Business News Round-up of 2009/09/01

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 around the world.

US Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Angel Investors Become a Little Less So: The recession has caused some angel groups to take a look at the cost of coaching entrepreneurs and listening to their pitches.
  • Legislators face small business crowd: Local members of the state legislature stood before an irritable group of small business owners last week, defending their decision to raise taxes on the rich and hike the state’s oft-debated $10 corporate minimum tax.
  • Cybercrooks increasingly target small business accounts: An organization representing more than 15,000 financial institutions has issued a warning about a growing wave of attacks against small banks and businesses by cybercriminals using stolen banking credentials to plunder corporate accounts.
  • The Kennedy Legacy vs. Glenn Beck’s Lies About Reform “Murdering” Small Businesses: Last week, Glenn Beck supplemented his racist pandering by picking up the hoary right-wing talking point that both health care and labor reform would “murder” small businesses. Defending small businesses, in fact, is the last refuge of big businesses and their right-wing allies just defending their profit margins and the status quo.
  • Detroit’s jobless economy: Startups take root: In Detroit, a city with rampant unemployment, big crowds in the middle of the day may mean someone is giving out freebies. But on a recent workday, over 450 people packed an auditorium downtown. They weren’t looking for a hand out, sympathy or even a job application. They were looking to start their own business.

Canada Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Business Voice support for HST, try to fend off criticisms: B.C.’s manufacturing sector teamed up with representatives from the retail sector, movie industry and small business yesterday to back the province’s decision to introduce a 12 per cent harmonized sales tax next year.
  • Income Tax Deductions: This three part article on small business tax deductions covers keeping track of your business expenses throughout the year, tax deductions related to the cost of doing business, and home business tax deductions. This page provides specific information about home business tax deductions that home business owners can deduct on their income tax.
  • Forms of Business Ownership: What are the forms of business ownership? This forms of business ownership definition includes an explanation of the common forms of business ownership in Canada.

Australia Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Competition expert says Government should reverse exclusion of small business from unfair...: Competition expert Frank Zumbo, who is an associated professor at the University of New South Wales, says Federal Small Business and Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Emerson should reverse the…
  • States ignore federal pay freeze: THOUSANDS of small businesses will be forced to pay wages of up to $25 a week higher than the federal minimum wage as a result of state tribunals ignoring a federal pay freeze and awarding rises that employers warn could cost jobs.
  • New bankruptcy laws could hurt SMEs: A leading insolvency expert says changes to bankruptcy laws, which will raise the threshold at which a creditor can trigger bankruptcy from $2,000 to $10,000 will restrict the ability of…
  • National network to help start-ups: Homegrown technology start-ups are to get a boost from a new $8 million angel investment network. AngelLink brings together early-stage investors from around the country with particular expertise in life sciences, engineering and…

India Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Entrepreneur’s Edge: Ivy Exec: Reuters Small Business presents expansion pitches from upstarts across the country: Ivy Exec is an exclusive online job board catering to high-profile professionals.
  • Green Jobs Fair; India Habitat Center, New Delhi: Eligibility Open to Students ,Job seekers looking for a green turn in their careers, Entrepreneurs ,Corporations ,Small business owners, NGO’s. The Green Jobs Fair is a part of the India Habitat summit , NewDelhi.
  • Home Business in India / Ideas to start legitimate Business from Home: Home business in India has enabled many people to earn money from home. Gone are the days when one just had the option of setting a small outlet at home and sold grocery items or dress materials for an income. …
  • India’s Opposition Struggles With Past and Present: When in opposition, it has been an outspoken critic of the Congress party-led government’s liberalization policies, seeking to speak for workers and small businesses perceived to have been disadvantaged by reforms. …

UK & Ireland Home & Small Business News Roundup

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

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