Small Business World News Round-up – 2009/09/08

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

  • Washington to receive $34.7M in fed funds for small-business insurance: Washington will get $34.7 million in federal money over the next five years that will help some small businesses in the state provide health insurance, state officials said Friday.
  • Health car: Scenes from town halls: Congressional efforts to revamp the country’s healthcare system have sparked a fierce debate within the small business community, pitting owners who believe that reform would curb rising healthcare costs against neighbors who fear higher taxes. All sides of the debate were on display this summer as legislators met with their constituents around the country.
  • Auto dealers in financing hell: Most small businesses are having trouble finding loans and credit lines these days, but auto dealers are in their own special financing hell. Their inventory is expensive, their industry is in shambles, and their largest lenders are in tatters.
  • Tackling Business Stress in Trying Times: The economic downturn has been especially hard on small businesses, and owners seek ways to ease the tension.

Canada Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Canadian small business bullish on recovery: Count the small- and medium-sized business sector among those jumping on the bandwagon of pundits believing the Canadian economy is recovering. In B.C., though, optimism is taking a slight hit.
  • Sweet dreams are made of geoengineering:Farming plankton, sending solar panels into orbit, remodelling hydrogen — for the latest wave of entrepreneurs suggesting easier ways out of climate change, it’s all in a day’s pitching.
  • Sask.’s young entrepreneurs taking root in province: As the Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs’ (SYPE) 400 members prepare to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary this year, the group continues to look to the future to ensure the province’s young people can meet their career and lifestyle dreams in Saskatchewan.

Australia Home & Small Business News Roundup

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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