Welcome to this week’s small business news roundup!
Article topics include how many small business owners forego paying themselves in a tough economy, whether politicians are really trying to help small biz, the difference between an entrepreneur and a small business owner, Capital One’s new effort to help women veteran-owned small businesses, and whether small biz owners would like all their business apps in one place.
First another great roundup:
- 3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: June 7: The Street talks about Dell’s partnership with #FixYoungAmerica Initiative to launch a startup fund, a new “fertile” ground for women-owned businesses, and how low-cost franchising opportunities are gaining in popularity.
And now the rest:
- All Work, No Pay for Some Small Business Owners Survey: CNBC reports on a new Citibank survey, which found that 23 percent of small biz owners have not paid themselves for at least a year in an effort to keep their enterprises going. On the bright side, about one-third said their businesses were in better shape now than a year ago, and slightly more than one-third believe it will only get better in 2012.
- The Small Business Distortion: Nicholas Johnson, Vice President for State Fiscal Policy for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, writes for the Huffington Post that “just because elected officials say they’re doing something for ‘small businesses’ and ‘job growth’ doesn’t mean that they really are.” Johnson provides some evidence you might want to have a look at.
- The Difference Between an Entrepreneur and a Small Business Owner: Gene Marks has this great article at Forbes that discusses how entrepreneurs differ from small business owners. Let us know if you agree with his assessment in the comments!
- Capital One and Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence to Launch Program to Support Women Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Across the U.S.: “Capital One’s $750,000, three-year commitment will fund a new program launching in December that will focus on reaching women veteran business owners who are past the start-up phase, but encountering challenges that are blocking continued business growth. There are currently more than 100,000 businesses in the U.S. that are at least 50 percent owned by women veterans.”
- Do You Want All Your Small Business Apps in One Place?: Heather Clancy at ZDNet asks readers whether putting small biz apps into a single platform is a good idea; the article is based on Clancy’s interviews with two tech vendors, Sage North America and Zoho. What do you think? Would you like your biz-related apps in one platform?
What’s new in your small business world this week?