For the first small business news weekly roundup of the year, we have lots of articles with the “year ahead” theme — tips on small business strategies, marketing (including a new weekly resource starting up January 12), taxes, new laws, and more.
First two other excellent roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: The Latino Opportunity: The New York Times discusses increased consumer confidence, falling home prices, how Latino-owned businesses are leading economic recovery, and much more.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: Jan. 5: The Street shares news that private sector jobs increased in December, tax tips regarding health care and the payroll tax, and how Bank of America is defending its decision to cut the credit lines of some small businesses.
And the rest:
- Small Business Strategies: Twelve Tips for 2012: Rhonda Abrams at USA Today kicks off the new year with 12 ways you can help your small business make more money this year. Many of the suggestions, not surprisingly, deal with marketing. So while we’re on that subject . . .
- Marketing a Small Business in 2012: Free Coffee Break Advice: A new resource to watch out for: “Every Thursday, starting January 12, [Sydni] Craig-Hart’s weekly “Take 10″ coffee break will be posted on the Smart Simple Marketing blog. In it, she’ll interview an industry expert on a specific marketing topic to give business owners an action plan that they can implement right away. The interview will be recorded and posted on the Smart Simple Marketing Podcast channel.”
- Watch Out for New Small Business Laws in 2012: Andrew Chow at FindLaw.com discusses new IRS rules that “will almost certainly affect your bottom line.”
- Half of Small Businesses Plan to Hire, Increase Wages in 2012: Gaebler shares information from SurePayroll’s December Scorecard, “revealing substantial growth in optimism among small business owners.”
What’s new in your small business world this week? And how is 2012 treating your small business so far?