Why a Yahoo Microsoft Combo Helps Small Businesses

Over the weekend the news was flying about the latest moves by Yahoo in the mergers and acquisitions stakes.  Each day seems to bring something new.

To backtrack a moment, it started on January 31, 2008 when Microsoft made an unsolicited bid to take over Yahoo for $45 Billion.  Yahoo’s Board of Directors thought about it a while and then earlier this weekend rejected the deal. 

Some think the rejection is just Yahoo’s tactic to negotiate a higher price. However, the latest news as of this writing is that Yahoo is exploring a merger with … drumroll please … AOL.  AOL?  Yes, that’s right. (more at Techmeme).

Of course savvy Silicon Valley insiders still think the Microsoft Yahoo deal will happen.  So do I.

And if it does, a Yahoo/Microsoft merger could be a good thing for the small business market.  For my reasons, check out my column this week at Inc Technology:  What a Microsoft/Yahoo Combination Means.

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.