This week’s roundup has a couple elements you might expect as we only have another week to go in 2010 — one post that looks back on what small businesses have done over the year and another that looks forward to 2011. Besides those, we also have
- Businesses Large and Small Find Ways to Give Back All Year: The Washington Post details how many businesses throughout America give back to their communities year-round; examples include heartwarming stories from Bob’s BMW (30 employees, raises $100,000 annually to help find a cure for pediatric tumors) to Accenture’s pledge of $100 million over three years to teach business skills around the world. ‘Tis always the season, entrepreneurs!
- 5 Predictions for Small Businesses in 2011: Mashable takes a look at some of the biggest technological developments of 2010 and how they will continue to affect small businesses in the next year. I bet you already guessed that social media is on that list.
- SBA Unveils New Small Business Tool: Have you seen the new website of the SBA? The new and improved www.sba.gov “features a full redesign, new content, and improved navigation. The centerpiece is called SBA Direct, a dynamic new Web tool with a variety of personalization features that will help small businesses start up, succeed and grow.”
- Small Businesses Encouraged to Give Employee Incentives: Do you offer your employees productivity-based incentives? One small business expert says you should — and then sit back and enjoy the benefits.
- Chase Bank Lends $10B to American Small Businesses: This bit of news hopefully tells us that lending to small businesses has picked back up and your chances for financing are better now than they were at this time last year. Did you get the small business funding you needed this year?