In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll talk about what Congress is up to regarding small business, whether things are finally looking up for the economy, and how new procedures at Amazon and USPS have some small business owners concerned.
First, some other roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: The Clock is Ticking: The New York Times’ small business news roundup, including articles on payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits hanging in the balance in Congress, best frugality blogs, Fortune 500 companies that paid no state income taxes in recent years, and top marketing trends for 2012.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: Dec. 15: from The Street; topics covered include changing your business structure and closing a business.
And now the rest:
- Congress Reaches Deal to Reauthorize and Revamp Small Business Programs: The New York Times’ Small Business Blog reports on the latest federal initiatives to help small businesses: the Small Business Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program.
- Are Things Getting Better for Small Business?: This article at Forbes discusses the boost in small business owner optimism as well as predictions that the U.S. economy will be even stronger than expected in the fourth quarter.
- Amazon Price Check App: Small Business Threat or Sign of the Times?: From Small Business Trends, “Amazon gave users a $5 credit for inputting prices of items sold in brick and mortar stores, when they bought the same item through Amazon.” Senator Olympia Snowe has spoken out against the app, which recently came out in the Android version (the iPhone version has been out for a year). Do you think this app threatens your small business?
- Small Business Owners Worry About Upcoming USPS Changes: The U.S. Postal Service will be making some fairly substantial changes in 2012, including the virtual deletion of next-day service. There will also be 250 fewer processing centers, and small business owners are concerned about how this might affect their shipping products to customers. Are you concerned for your business?
What’s new in your small business world this week?