Small Business World News Round-up – 2009/10/20

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

Canada Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Canadian small businesses to rebound from recession: A major study released by BMO today says the great majority of Canada’s small businesses will survive the recession and many will in fact be stronger than ever.
  • Ottawa urged to tame WIld West credit-card market: Small businesses are calling on Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to stop “procrastinating” and reveal whether the government will impose firm rules on Visa and MasterCard as the credit-card giants enter the debit-card market.
  • Is incorporation Right for You?: I get a lot of questions about whether or not people should incorporate their small businesses. When all is said and done, the main reason to incorporate is limited liability
  • Unique entrepreneurship program launched in Calgary: Canada’s first private entrepreneurship education program was launched in Calgary on Wednesday.
  • Small Business Loan Sources: Getting a small business loan can be a tough job for a small business. Canadian banks are traditionally conservative and see small businesses as risky. But traditional banks aren’t the only places to get small business loans. If your small business is looking for money, here are ten other Canadian small business loan sources where you may be able to get the funding you need.

Australia Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • ACCC warns about business directory scams: Businesses should be aware of emails offering free business directory listings which in reality are scams designed to cheat SMEs out of thousands of dollars, the corporate watchdog has warned.
  • SME’s warned to be on the lookout for new spam virus: Businesses must be on the lookout for new spam messages that contain .zip files filled with malicious software designed to control and exploit weaknesses in computers that could reveal private…
  • New Credit reporting laws could help SMEs: New privacy laws to be introduced by the Federal Government next year will make it easier for SMEs to analyse the credit history of a potential trading partner, an industry…
  • Firms warned not to rush into the cloud: Not enough attention on governance and security.Security experts are warning that companies are rushing into cloud adoption without first understanding the risks and challenges involved.

India Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • New EMC Investment in India highlights the balance between…: Customers vary from small businesses and sole proprietors seeking project help to large businesses that don’t have internal skills for a certain type of job. The common thread is that, generally speaking, individuals are the contractors …
  • SEBI norms on SME exchange soon: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) would come up with guidelines for setting up stock exchanges exclusively for small and medium firms soon.
  • Web Extras: E-COMMERCE & E-BUSINESS: `E-com, still the next big thing in India’ Small or big, enterprises are taking to it: E-Billing Solutions.. One good thing about successful entrepreneurs is the resilience with which they cope with their problems.
  • Packers and Movers in Mumbai, India / Small Business Solution: Mumbai formerly known as Bombay is the important city located in the state of Maharashtra. It is the second most populous city in the world. Mumbai is well known as the commercial and entertainment centre of India, generating 5% of …
  • An entrepreneur who eyes India’s best sportsman: Prashant Pitti loved sports since his school days and wished to be one of the best basketball players in India. He used to spend hours playing the game with great passion. But there was lot of pressure on him to quit what he loved the most to be more academically oriented. So he was forced to sideline sports and concentrate on studies.

UK & Ireland Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Postal strike hits small businesses: Growing businesses face bearing the brunt of further postal strikes with delays potentially costing small firms hundreds and even thousands of pounds
  • Lloyds launches bad-debt protection: Small businesses struggling to protect themselves against bad debts are the target of a debtor insurance service launched by Lloyds TSB
  • Job cuts more severe in small businesses: Small businesses have made bigger staff cuts over the last year than their larger corporate counterparts and are most likely to downsize in 2010.
  • SMEs will ditch Royal Mail: Fed-up small businesses are considering dropping the Royal Mail as their postal services supplier.
  • SMEs encourage staff input: Churcillian declarations and David Brent-style motivational speeches are the least favoured way to inspire employees, with SMEs preferring to motivate staff by involving them in decision-making.

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

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