While the government has been pushing small business loans and other quick fixes, fewer than expected entrepreneurs have taken advantage of these programs. What alternatives are available for growing your business in the meantime?
Who needs a small business loan program? Apparently not American small businesses. After a $30 billion program is launched to help small business, few avail themselves of the opportunity. Bloomberg BusinessWeek
It’s time for a brand new movement. Forget the protests in NYC and elsewhere. The real way to fight big corporate greed, suggests Jeanette Mulvey, is to patronize small business. Here’s how her movement would work. Business News Daily
How Occupy Wall Street could help your small business. In this tongue-in-cheek editorial, small business owner Gene Marks shows the interconnected state of the economy and the mistake of demonizing one or two elements over all others. Huffington Post
Can small businesses help your property values? A study suggests it can. Housing values in communities with a strong presence of independent businesses outperform other markets by big margins. Want to boost your property values? Start a business. MarketWatch
Will a jobs bill get you to start hiring? Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is again pushing Congress to adopt the administration’s jobs bill, but the mix of tax cuts and spending initiatives may not be enough to stimulate small business job creation. WSJ
Small businesses want healthcare co-ops. One of the greatest challenges faced by small businesses is providing adequate healthcare for employees. But the proposed co-op solution may help solve that problem for good. MarketWatch
Can Starbucks fix the economy? The cafe giant is looking to take donations from customers to put money into seed funds that will help stimulate small business growth and expansion. What’s your take on the Starbucks plan and could it really help small businesses? Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Are you a solopreneur? Not everyone has the goal of building a huge business. Some entrepreneurs prefer to be on their own. But the role of solopreneur comes with its own share of risks. Here are some strategies for coping and flourishing. YourOfficeAnywhere
How is your online presence? It’s not how much you spend on your online presence but how effectively you create one. Check out this case study of a business that realized its online presence was lacking and took definitive steps to make things better. Step by Step Marketing
Chinese entrepreneurs take shady financing. While small businesses in the U.S. can’t seem to get financing, some Chinese entrepreneurs take money from a network of shadowy backers. Authorities say the network isn’t large enough to threaten China’s overall economy. The Financial Times
How are you staying productive at home? There are plenty of advantages to working from home but keeping productive can be a challenge. Here are some tips to keep you operating at top efficiency no matter where you might be. The Work At Home Woman
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