Small Business World News Round-up 2009/08/04

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

  • Ignatieff pushing risky El reforms: economists: Some economists and small business leaders fear Michael Ignatieff is trying to revive employment insurance reforms that proved disastrous to the economy and Liberal political fortunes 38 years ago.
  • 5 Keys to Leadership for Small Business: It’s not having followers that defines leadership. Cool-headed, farseeing, visionary, courageous – whichever adjectives you choose, leadership is a winning combination of personal traits and the ability to think and…
  • Why Do Small Businesses Fail?: Why do small businesses fail? Because of poor planning mainly. This article presents five areas of planning that need to be thought out before you start a small business and…
  • Startup Mistakes: Cherilyn Lester explains ten mistakes many entrepreneurs make when starting a business – and how you can avoid these business startup mistakes with your own new business.
  • GST Definition: Definition of terms GST (Goods and Services Tax) and HST and how the GST and HST apply to Canadian small businesses.

Australia Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Emerson’s tough love: CRAIG Emerson is unlikely to ever be confused with a typical small business minister anxious to protect his constituency.
  • Tanya Thomson: Why the Commerce Act matters to small businesses: Most small businesses don’t think about the Commerce Act much. They might know it is the legislation that governs how competitors can (or can’t) interact with each other, but there is a perception that it is only relevant for big…
  • Kevin Rudd speaks in Townsville: PM: First of all it’s great to back in Townsville, and great to be back in North Queensland, and to talk to this fine community who work in the Townsville Hospital.
  • New tax agent rules ‘will lift standards’: NEW regulations requiring tax agents to join a national register and meet minimum training requirements have been published by the Federal Government, 15 years after the idea was mooted
  • Duel of the fates: Atlassian and Omnidrive: One of these companies has gone on to become an international success story, while the other flamed out under obscure circumstances and bitter recriminations. Only a few years ago they were the flag carriers for Australia’s Web 2.0 movement. But recent developments have shown just how different the outcomes for start-up companies and entrepreneurs can be.

India Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Small Firms still struggling with slowdown, says survey: A majority of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India are still struggling to cope with the global slowdown and remain unaware about the stimulus measures taken by the government to help them, says an industry survey.
  • Indian Stock Market: StanChart set to buy RBS’ SME business in…: StanChart set to buy RBS’ SME business in India, China, Malaysia. Standard Chartered is set to seal a deal to buy Royal Bank of Scotland’s retail and small and medium enterprises (SME) operations in India, China and Malaysia, …
  • India survived slowdown because of banks nationalisation: July 26th, 2009 NEW DELHI – A majority of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India are still struggling to cope with the global slowdown and remain unaware about the stimulus measures taken by the government to help them, says an industry survey. “Ninety-four percent of the respondents reported that their overall business has been affected severely or moderately due to the current economic slowdown,” said the survey conducted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of …
  • Giving Voice to the Voiceless/ The Better India: Chhotou Kam Badou Munafou – This programme is for those people who want to do small business. Small entrepreneurs give tips to take up small business. The programming, based on issues and content identified by the communities,
  • FIIs up ante on Ambani stocks, small investors pull out: MUMBAI: In the midst of a continuing legal battle over gas dispute between two Ambani groups, foreign investors seem to have got more confidence

    than the small individual investors of the country in the strength of the businesses run by the two industrialist brothers.

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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