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Now, in this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll discuss Chase/LivingSocial “Mission: Small Business” grants, some successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and business travel tips from a travel columnist.
First two other great roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: Richard Branson’s Head: The New York Times shares links to articles on the highest level of small business owner optimism since 2008, tips to motivate employees, Virgin Airlines letting passengers use Richard Branson’s head to cool drinks, the best day to publish content on Facebook, and much more.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: May 7: The Street talks about the challenges faced by small manufacturers, reasons why your profit isn’t growing, and Citibank’s food trucks to promote its small business rewards program.
And now the rest:
- Chase, LivingSocial to Give Out ‘Mission: Small Business’ Grants: Huffington Post shares news of “[a] new grant program sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial [that] will give 12 small businesses the leg up they need to keep growing. Mission: Small Business will grant up to $250,000 to individual businesses that convince a panel of peers and small-business mentors that they deserve the funding.”
- Gen Y grads more likely to launch start-ups: This USA Today article discusses some stats on entrepreneurs by age group, but even better, shares the inspiring stories of three successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
- Drilling Down: Business Travel Tips from a Travel Columnist: If you travel frequently for business, or even if you only travel occasionally, this is a great Q & A in The New York Times with “your Average Joe Business Traveler,” Joe Brancatelli.
What’s new in your small business world this week?