In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll talk about small business owners’ feelings about the uncertain economy, suggestions for President Obama on job creation, the drop in the number of self-employed individuals, and whether social media and email marketing can co-exist. Let’s go!
- Survey: Small Business Owners Are Coping With Uncertain Economy: The Wall Street Journal delivers the news from a recent Citibank survey of small business owners, including the findings that “nine out of 10 small business owners said they are concerned the nation could slip back into a recession. But 79% of small business owners said they are prepared if the economy were to experience another downturn.”
- Dear Mr. President: Real Ideas for Real Job Creation: Portfolio.com shares this report on what entrepreneurs and small business owners think President Obama should do to create more jobs. The article includes suggestions from closing corporate tax loopholes to increasing loans to small businesses. What do you think of the President’s plan to create jobs according to his speech? Let us know in the comments.
- Fewer people choose to be self-employed: USA Today shares news of recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data that shows 14.5 million people were self-employed in August, which is down 2.1 million since 2006. Indeed, “[t]he number of ‘incorporated’ self-employed workers — those who incorporate to gain legal protection and other benefits — began its decline in 2008. Last month, 5.1 million people were in this category, down 726,000 from August 2008.”
- Can Social Media and Email Marketing Co-Exist?: Business Insider recently held a chat on Twitter to discuss this issue; there’s a link to a great post about social media and email marketing within this linked article, and if you want to catch up on the tweet-up, search for hashtag #SMBchat on Twitter.
What’s new in your small business world this week?