This week’s small business news weekly roundup has two articles about women small business owners (recalling our post about the White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference), Bank of America’s new services aimed toward small businesses, some tips for keeping your sales up, and also more social media advice.
- Women Owned Small Business Rule Finalized: The Small Business Association has filed the Women Procurement Program Rule, which aims to provide greater opportunities for women owned businesses to compete for federal contracts. Currently women owned businesses receive just over 3% of all federal contracts; the goal at this point is to get that number up to 5%. Yes, you read that correctly.
- The New Power Girls: How Women in Business Are Taking It to the Next Level Despite the Economy: Keeping our focus on women owned small businesses, we turn to this well-written piece by Patricia Handschiegel for an inside look at what it’s like to be in the “New Girls Club.”
- Bank of America Offers New Small Business Services: If you’ve followed the weekly small business news roundups for a while, you may have noticed that B of A is mentioned quite a bit with regard to small business programs — and this week we have another example. Details of a new program with small business services are expected to be announced next week. Stay tuned!
- 7 Ways to Keep Sales Rolling in Your Small Business: Small Business Trends offers up some great tips “that you should revisit in the fourth quarter of each year.” Indeed, now is the perfect time to make sure you continue to stay on track throughout the rest of 2010.
- 5 Big Social Media Questions from Small Business Owners: Mashable tackles some of the tough problems that many small business owners face regarding social media, including how to start a blog if one isn’t tech savvy.
What’s new in your small business world this week?