Welcome to this week’s small business news roundup!
This week we’ll discuss how to get the most out of LinkedIn data, Amazon’s rise as a lender to small businesses, the progress of women-owned small businesses, and the need for better small biz apps.
First some other great roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: About That Replacement Ref: The New York Times links to articles on “the fiscal cliff issue,” an impending bacon shortage, Amazon’s foray into the wine business, cold-calling strategies, top cities in America for social-media-savvy small businesses, and much more.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: October 1: The Street has links to articles on whether small businesses should be concerned about the “fiscal cliff,” Biz2Credit’s new industry-specific pages to help small biz owners secure financing, and more on the NFL replacement referee who made a now-infamous controversial call and who also happens to be a small business banker.
And now, the rest!
- LinkedIn – 10 Top Locations for Business Owners and How to Grow Your Online Presence: From Forbes, this article discusses LinkedIn data regarding where most small businesses are located as well as ideas for how to leverage the site to your business’s advantage.
- Small Businesses Are Finding an Unlikely Banker: Amazon: The Wall Street Journal reports on Amazon’s commercial lending based on user’s Amazon.com sales performance.
- Women-owned small businesses on the rise, but obstacles remain: From Reuters, this article discusses some statistics that show that although women have come a long way in entrepreneurship, there’s still quite a ways to go.
- Small businesses need better apps, survey says: PCWorld reports on a survey by Bank of the West, which found “that SMBs have embraced mobile technology and recognize its importance, but are frustrated by a lack of apps more relevant to their specific business needs.”
What’s new in your small business world this week?