This week’s small business news roundup starts off with a reminder that throughout March, LegalZoom will be celebrating National Start Your Business Month; be sure to check out the Start-Your-Business Month Sweepstakes on Facebook!
In the roundup, we’ll discuss the fate of the latest Jobs Bill, small business owner optimism, common small business tax misconceptions, the debate over crowdfunding, and easy ways to make your small business greener. Let’s go!
First two other great roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: Another Jobs Bill!: The New York Times shares links to articles on the disconnect between unemployment stats and real-world demand for temporary skilled workers, more employers requiring that employees hand over Facebook login information, an explanation of why certain videos go viral from a YouTube “trends manager,” why SEO will disappear over the next decade, and much more.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: March 8: The Street talks about making the most of St. Patrick’s Day, a new daily deal site to compete with LivingSocial and Groupon, and how to keep employees productive during March Madness.
And now the rest:
- Popular House-passed small business bill hits obstacles in Senate: The small business bill that 95% of the House voted for last week and that President Obama supports is in trouble in the Senate, reports The Washington Post.
- Small Business Owners Less Gloomy, But Still Not Jumping for Joy: The Wall Street Journal reports: “Optimism among small-business owners increased in February for the sixth straight month, which looks like good news on the surface. Digging a little deeper into the report, however, shows some mixed results.”
- 7 Common Small Business Tax Misperceptions: This article by Richard Lipton, CPA is geared toward those in the tire industry, but it contains great information for all small business owners about what’s deductible, what’s not, what filing an extension actually means, and more.
- The Fight Over Crowdfunding’s Potential: Karen E. Klein at Bloomberg Businessweek discusses the debate in Congress over the issue of crowdfunding, noting that the biggest potential “con,” is, well, being conned — a risk crowdfunding advocates don’t full appreciate, according to one law professor who testified before Congress.
- 6 Simple Ways to Green a Small Business: From National Geographic, David Robinson offers “a few options for small businesses to consider if they’re interested in helping out Mother Nature, while doing better on the bottom line.”
What’s new in your small business world this week?