The Small Business Experts Network here at Small Business Trends keeps putting out terrific original articles, often on topics off the beaten path. Many of those articles are syndicated over at the OPEN Forum site.
In case you missed these recent articles, let me share them with you:
Self-Employment Assistance Benefits – Is Your State One of the 7 Offering Them? – Dawn Rivers Baker makes us aware of a little known benefit: unemployment compensation that pays you to start your own business. Seven states offer it.
Read Your Reports Every Day – Excellent advice from Zane Safrit. If you are going to be a small business leader and work on your business, and not just in your business, you need to be reading reports to be able to step back and make strategic and operating decisions.
The Super Bowl for Small Business Owners – Dr. Susan Reid distills the Super Bowl into 7 lessons for small business owners. This is instructive for anyone, even if you re not a fan of American football.
Social Networking or Social Notworking? — An article from yours truly, responding to a question posed to me recently at the Small Business Summit in New York. The question: how do you know when you’ve crossed the line from social networking, to social NOTworking?
How is This Economy Like Your Computer or Like the Weather? — Ivana Taylor says we’re going through a patch of bad weather right now with the economy. Instead of flipping out, just dress accordingly for bad weather. Or in computer terms, your system froze up — now it’s time to re-boot.
Can The Franchise Industry Get A Break? — The franchise industry needs to open up the floodgates of loans to prospective franchisees. Joel Libava wonders whether it will happen this year?
Organizing Your Export Trial Run – In this 3rd article in a series, Laurel Delaney lays a roadmap for how to get started with exporting. This (and the earlier two articles in the series) has a ton of helpful practical advice for any small business that wants to get into exporting, but isn’t sure where to start.
The Triumph of Hope and Hard Work — How the city of Youngstown, Ohio has created a technology hub and lured young entrepreneurs back home, through the creative work of the Youngstown Business Incubator. Sometimes all it takes is one energetic person and a committed community to turn things around. By yours truly, Anita Campbell