In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll discuss President Obama’s signing of the JOBS Act, recent increases in small biz hiring, how to make the best of bad customers, how to grow your enterprise, and a checklist you can use to make sure your data is as safe as possible. Let’s go!
First, two other great roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: Meet Your Start-Up Mate: The New York Times shares links to articles on the Supreme Court’s debate on health insurance, the sinking of housing prices, the extent of student loan deliquency ($270 billion!), how “The Hunger Games” became an international success, and much more.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: March 30: The Street talks about Startup Maryland, “a state-wide initiative to foster entrepreneurship,” the rise of small business compensation and hours worked during March, and five signs that a woman is sabotaging her business.
And now the rest:
- President Obama signs bipartisan JOBS Act into law: The Boston Herald writes, “President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill aimed at giving small businesses more access to capital, touting the measure as a step toward job creation and a sign of hope for bipartisan cooperation in Washington.”
- Small Business Hiring in March Highest in a Year: Reuters reports on a National Federation of Independent Business survey, which found “that the average number of workers per firm increased by 0.2 workers – the highest since January and February 2011 – after being flat in February.”
- Small Business Strategies: Make the best of bad customers: Rhonda Abrams at USA Today shares her ideas on how you can capitalize on your “aggravating, demanding, indecisive and just a plain pain in the neck” customers. We know you have them!
- How to Grow Your Small Business: Business Insider shares links to several articles, including ones on moving up in a small business, bootstrapping mistakes that can crush you, and growing through segmentation.
- Ten Steps to Safeguard Your Small Business Data: Here’s a handy checklist you can use to make sure your small business data is safe; you’re probably already doing most of these, but it never hurts to be extra-sure!
What’s new in your small business world this week?