This week’s small business news roundup has information on the the future of small businesses in 2011, the new health tax credit, pros and cons of using the Groupon discount service, and more social media and marketing advice. Let’s jump in!
- Small business loans rising, but threats to full recovery remain: The Washington Post reports that credit is freeing up so it should be easier for small businesses to get loans this year, but the real estate market isn’t picking up as well, which may hinder things since small businesses tend to use real estate as collateral.
- Not All Small Businesses Eligible for New Health Tax Credit: “The Obama administration estimates up to 4 million businesses qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, which covers up to 35 percent of premium costs for firms with fewer than 25 employees if the employer pays at least half the cost of premiums and a has a payroll below $1.25 million.” Here is a handy online calculator to determine whether your business qualifies.
- Is Groupon a Good Deal for Small Business?: Groupon has become an increasingly popular way for businesses to reach out to new customers by offering daily deals to those in their area — but wouldl it benefit every small business?
- 2011 Small Business Marketing Forecast: Ad-ology Research has found that online marketing strategies continue to dominate small business plans for the new year; the group also found a prevailing trend of optimism for sales among small business owners.
- Improving Your Blogging and Social Media: This roundup of articles includes tips on blogging, writing headlines, using LinkedIn, seeking inspiration, and franchises.
What’s new in your small business world this week?