In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll talk about the status of lending, the potential for security breaches, useful takeaways from a recent entrepreneurship conference, and a list of small business apps you should check out. Let’s go!
- Small Business Lending Plummets: CNN Money informs us that a report by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy “shows that small business lending has declined steadily during the last three quarters. The SBA report also found that lending has fallen on a yearly basis since hitting its peak in 2008.”
- U.S. Small Businesses Recongize Risk of Security Breaches Within Organization: The title of this article sounds positive until you get to the subtitle: “Yet most aren’t regularly reviewing their security processes, conducting audits or training employees to help safeguard the business.” Are you protecting your business adequately against security breaches?
- Criminals Targeting SMBs with Unsecured, Vulnerable Wi-Fi Networks: Speaking of security breaches, here is an article on “wardriving,” through which hackers use “long-range antennas to search for unsecured or poorly-protected wireless networks that they could exploit.” From there, they could swipe credit card info, transfer funds, and more.
- Seven Daily Inspirations from Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network Event: This blog post from Laurie McCabe’s Blog outlines her takeaways from the aforementioned conference (which was covered via hashtag #DWEN on Twitter); the tips are great for men and women alike, so do have a look.
- 65 Small Business Mobile Applications You Must Check Out: Small Business Trends has compiled this list of 65 mobile apps that are useful for small businesses; they are divided into categories such as sales management, human resources, communications, legal, and more. You’ll also find a link to the 101 Small Business Web Applications You Must Check Out.
What’s new in your small business world this week?