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Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 7/29/11

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In this week’s roundup, we’ve got tips for protecting your business from the economic effects of a US default, real-world stories from small business owners about their experiences with Facebook ads, and news from Google and the SBA that might benefit your business.

  • What a US Default Might Mean for Small Business: Entrepreneur Magazine gives three reasons US small business owners shouldn’t worry about the threat of a US default, but adds three ways to protect your business just in case.
  • Do Facebook Ads Bring Customers?: Not sure whether or not Facebook advertising is right for your business? Hear what other small business owners have to say about their experience with Facebook ads and how they’re using the ads to score new customers.
  • From Google, Credit Cards for Small Business: Would a low-rate, AdWords-only credit card enable you to spend more money on online advertising? Google’s new beta credit card aims to help businesses that “might be choosing between buying office supplies or online advertising.”
  • SBA Unveils New Venture Capital Fund: The InvestMichigan! Mezzanine Fund is a new $130 million venture capital fund focused on investing in Michigan businesses. The catch? Even though the fund is part of an SBA program called “Startup America,” the investment dollars are reserved for companies with at least $20 million per year in revenue.
  • At Last, a Cure for Groupon Regret: Check out the new startups creating a secondary market for the discounts purchased from Groupon, LivingSocial, and hundreds of other group-buying and daily deal sites.

As always, you can keep up with the latest small business news by following @LegalZoom on Twitter and LegalZoom on Facebook.

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