In this week’s small business news, we have news about lending levels in January, a new small business venture from Apple, six websites to help your business run smarter, advice for those of you with seasonal businesses, and tips on using LinkedIn for your small business.
- Small Business Lending in January Falls to Below November Levels: From Gaebler: “According to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, borrowing for small businesses may not return to pre-recession levels for at least another year or two, as seasonally adjusted rates fell from December to just below November’s level.”
- Apple Small Business Support: Joint Venture: Apple is set to launch “the Joint Venture priority service plan, at the price of $499, which will cover up to five clients, and allow for additional machines to be added for $99 per year.” Other perks in the program include the opportunity to schedule support via telephone, group training sessions, and priority service at Genius Bars.
- Six websites to help your business run smarter: Running smarter should be a goal for any small business, and here are six websites that can help you create a website, manage your email, run an online shop, sync various forms of technology, and more.
- Seasonal businesses must change with the weather: This article has a very particular audience as its focus, but make no mistake, if you have a seasonal business, this is a helpful checklist to keep handy to make sure you’re on top of things even in your off-season.
- Why Your Business Isn’t Getting Leads From LinkedIn: If you’re not on LinkedIn, read why you should be; if you are but are disappointed in results, here are some things you can do to up your profile on this social media site.
What’s new in your small business world this week?