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Now, in this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll discuss why now is the best time ever for small businesses, how to vet potential employees via social media, and how to hire a marketing firm for your small business.
First two other great roundups:
- This Week in Small Business: It’s Small Business Week!: The New York Times shares links to articles on the kick-off of Small Business Week, President Obama’s small business round table and new tax incentives, anxiety over “Taxmageddon,” lessons learned about hiring employees, and much more.
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: May 23: The Street talks about the best banks for small biz loans, how few businesses are taking advantage of the health care tax credit, and lessons from the GM-Facebook breakup.
And now the rest:
- Ask an Expert: Now is the best time ever for small business: USA Today’s expert Steve Strauss insists that now is “without a doubt, the greatest time ever–and I mean ever in the entire course of human history–to start, own, run and grow a small business.” And Strauss insists he’s not exaggerating.
- Small business advice: How to carefully vet job candidates through social media: This Washington Post article explains why as an employer you might want to have a look at LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks when you’re ready to hire a new employee.
- Pointers on Hiring a Marketing Firm for Your Small Business: Business Insider shares tips for the criteria you should consider when hiring a marketing firm for your small business. For instance, you may want to consider the type of firm, what services the firm offers and/or excels at, and whether its location matters to you. Great advice.
What’s new in your small business world this week?