In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll start out with a great piece from Small Business Trends that happens to highlight innovation—which LegalZoom is celebrating all month long.
Then we’ll discuss why the economic recovery has eluded small businesses, how to measure your Facebook presence, lessons from some of the hottest businesses of 2010, and whether you could use a virtual assistant. Let’s go!
- Small Business Path to Innovation: Small Business Trends has this great collection of articles on changing direction, staying fresh, avoiding pitfalls, refining basics, and stepping up.
- Why the Recovery Eludes Small Businesses: Scott Shane at Bloomberg BusinessWeek argues that “reduced access to credit and the concentration of small businesses in the worst hit sectors of the economy” played a much larger role in decreased small business employment than researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have acknowledged.
- Measuring Your Facebook Presence: Business Insider helps small businesses figure out the effectiveness of their Facebook presences are by noting which metrics are most important. It looks like this article might be a response to the recent report that most Facebook fans of small businesses are not local—and therefore probably not doing much to further the brand or business.
- Small Business Lessons from the Hottest Retailers: Carol Tice of Entrepreneur.com shares what the rest of us can learn from those businesses that have actually thrived in this economy, i.e., “the fastest-growing companies based on 2010 vs. 2009 sales, as published in Stores magazine.”
- Does Your Small Business Need a Virtual Assistant?: Karen Leland at Huffington Post discusses the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant as well as tips for finding the right one for you.
What’s new in your small business world this week?