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Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 1/2/11

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Today we’ll look back on a surprisingly successful holiday retail season, a grant extension passed by the Senate, tech trends you need to know about, and some tangible e-mail and Twitter information that could help propel your business forward in 2011.

Now let’s get moving so you can continue planning your New Year’s Eve celebration:

  • Holidays Are Merry Indeed for Retailers: The National Retail Federation reports that retail sales grew 5.5 percent during the holidays; not only was this the highest level of growth in five years, but it also nearly doubled the predicted growth estimate. Could this be a good sign of things to come in 2011?
  • Small Business Grant Programs Extended by the Senate: The Senate has approved “two funding programs for small businesses carrying out innovative technology research” through the National Science Foundation; whether the extension will get through the House as well is unknown at this time.
  • Three Need-to-Know Technology Trends for 2011: Jonathan Blum at Entrepreneur goes through what tech trends small business owners will need to know about in the upcoming year. He warns these aren’t “for-geeks-only stuff. These are mainstream business systems from the tech giants — tools you may want to consider adopting or you could get left behind.”
  • A Look at Free E-Mail Options for Small Businesses: This is Blum again at Entrepreneur, this time going through the main, free e-mail options for small businesses and weighing their pros and cons for you — from Hotmail and Gmail to AOL and Facebook, find out which company’s services best match your needs.

May 2011 see all your small business wishes come true!

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January 2nd, 2011 at 12:35 am