This week’s small business news includes an article in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) questioning the true state of small business lending, improving broadband service to even rural small businesses, African-American advances in small business ownership, why you should take a closer look at the Huffington Post – AOL deal, and how and why you need to make yourself Google-able. Let’s dig in!
- Is Lending to Small Business Really Up?: The WSJ wonders whether recent numbers regarding small business lending really “mean the climate for financing is improving for all small businesses” — especially the smallest of the small businesses.
- Improving Broadband for Small Business: Again at the WSJ, this article discusses President Obama’s State of the Union pledge “to extend high-speed wireless Internet coverage to 98% of all Americans within the next five years, including small businesses in more remote areas.”
- African American Owned Small Businesses Double Between 2002 and 2007: Gaebler.com reports that “According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of African-American businesses have surged nationwide, particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.”
- SEO Speedwagon: An insightful analysis of how the Huffington Post created such success that AOL was willing to pay over $300 million to take it over. It’s highlighted here in the Small Business Roundup because Ariana Huffington, the founder of the Huffington Post, is an entrepreneur worth studying, especially if you’d like to take your online business to the next level.
- Are You Google-able?: Great article that explains why, especially when conducting a “mid-career makeover,” you need to make yourself “Google-able”– not surprisingly, the tips are heavy on getting signed up and involved in social media networks.
What’s new in your small business world this week?