This week’s small business news roundup starts off with a reminder that throughout March, LegalZoom will be celebrating National Start Your Business Month; there will be weekly sweepstakes on the LegalZoom Facebook page and much more, so be sure to follow along.
Turning to the roundup itself, we’ll discuss how President Obama’s tax plan could affect small businesses, rising small business owner optimism, how to use low hanging fruit to increase sales, and how to gain some free publicity for your enterprise.
First, two other great roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: Lessons From Chuck Norris: The New York Times shares links to articles on President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s budget plans, the happiest companies in America, a selection of inspirational videos, whether Google AdWords is still valuable for small businesses, and many others.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: Feb. 21: The Street talks about fast food restaurants capitalizing on Lent, important leadership traits, and whether now is a good time to buy a franchise.
And now the rest:
- Abrams: Anything for small business in Obama’s tax plan?: Rhonda Abrams at USA Today goes over what Obama’s tax plan could mean for small businesses, including whether a cut in the corporate tax rate could benefit them and which provisions would affect C corporations, manufacturing companies, start-ups, cash-based businesses, and more.
- Poll: Small Business Owners Feeling Optimistic: Inc. reports on a recent Wells Fargo/ Gallup Small Business Index, which found that “small business owners said they plan to increase capital spending by 28 percent, a notable four-year high. What’s more, small business owners have already increased capital spending by 24 percent in the past 12 months, the highest level seen since April 2008.”
- Small Business: Low Hanging Fruit to Increase Sales: This article at Forbes is a follow-up to Small Business: Low Hanging Fruit for Better Margins and discusses the importance of maintaining contact with past customers to turn that into future sales.
- 9 Bootstrapping Ideas for Small Business Publicity: OK, so these ideas at Geekwire lean toward stunts to garner free publicity, but there are some fresh ideas as well, such as holding a contest based on a relavent unsolved mystery — for example, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s contest asking participants to solve the cliffhanger of the movie The Italian Job.
What’s new in your small business world this week?