A while back I started a weekly feature called “TrendTracking: a place for small business to see and be seen”, but then let it lapse. The name “TrendTracking” did not seem to have anything to do with “small business.” I was not satisfied with the name and wanted to think of a new one, but never came up with anything better.
I now have decided to quit worrying about the name — maybe inspiration will hit me one day when I’m taking a walk. Or perhaps one of you will offer a suggestion of a good name. Meanwhile, let’s talk about some items of interest to small business around the Web and blogosphere:
- Awards: Rex Hammock’s B-to-B publication, called MyBusiness magazine, won the equivalent of an Emmy award, called the Neal. The magazine is custom published for the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Congratulations, Rex, and the NFIB.
- Audio on Blogs: I am intrigued with some of the interesting ways people are using audio on their blogs. Deanna Spencer, on her blog, Learn Small Business, is posting articles — and then she is adding a podcast of the article in the same post. UPDATE: This blog has moved and the new URL can be found here.
- More Audio on Blogs: Yaro Starak works audio into his site, Entrepreneur’s Journey, in multiple ways. When you arrive at the site, he offers a recorded welcome message. He also offers a guided tour pointing out features of the blog. And he offers podcast interviews with other people.
- Entrepreneurial Quote: Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, speaks in a recent post about the importance of entrepreneurs knowing what they are good at — and what they stink at, saying: “When I was 23 years old, sleeping on the floor and starting MicroSolutions, no assistant. No organization. I was a procrastinator. Accounting was a shoebox of receipts. I was a mess. But I lied to myself and said that I could deal with it. That i would make time to get it all figured out and organized. That if I only set my mind to it, I could be a detail person. I could stop procrastinating. It doesn’t work that way.” It sure doesn’t.
- Spotted: an interesting new (to me) business blog called Cool Corporate Dot Com.
- Small Business Event: U.S. Small Business Week takes place in mid-April. Read about the Small Business Week conference being put on by the U.S. Small Business Administration on April 12-13, 2006. What are you doing for Small Business Week?