This week’s small business news roundup discusses small business confidence hitting a three-year high, Citibank’s new lending approaches for small business, what SMBs can learn from Facebook’s IPO, early numbers on 2012 hiring, and tips for building a winning team. Let’s go!
First two other great roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: A Twitter Lesson: The New York Times links to articles on the presidential race, MBA employment figures, American Express’ successful Facebook campaign, what vintage ads can teach about e-mail marketing design, and much more.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: Feb. 2: The Street talks about legislation aimed at curbing 1099-K requirements, eight things your employees need, and how much small businesses’ share of exports is rising.
And now the rest:
- Small Business Confidence Hits 3-Year High: The Huffington Post shares the news that “[s]eventy-five percent of small businesses are confident about the future of their business, according to the 2011 Year-End Economic Report by the National Small Business Association.”
- Citibank Tries a New Approach to Small-Business Lending: The New York Times reports on the news that “Citigroup, the parent of Citibank, will participate in a novel program to steer capital to small businesses that have an especially hard time getting it: those located in economically distressed areas.”
- Facebook IPO: Lessons for Small Businesses: What can FB’s initial public offering worth $5 billion teach small businesses? This article at Gaebler goes through the risks that are “just as relevant to SMBs as they are to the world’s largest online social network.”
- 2012 Small Business Hiring Starts Slow: Inc. shares findings from the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard that “month-over-month hiring fell 0.2 percent and paychecks stayed flat nationwide.”
- Small Business Culture: How to Build a Winning Team: International Business Times shares tips from Tom Gegax, author of “The Big Book of Small Business.” Great collection of links at the end of this article as well.
What’s new in your small business world this week?