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.
- 15 More Twitter Tools for Small Business Marketing: Is one of your new year’s resolutions to become more active on Twitter? If so, this list of Twitter tools could help you get a jumpstart on the new year.
May 2011 see all your small business wishes come true!