The Small Business Bill is again the top story in this week’s roundup, but we also have news about some of the country’s biggest banks starting up “second look” programs for potential borrowers, a new clean energy proposal in the House, Microsoft’s Security Essentials, and, last but certainly not least, some “Hawaiian-style” marketing advice for small businesses — because who couldn’t use a little more Hawaii in their lives?
- Congress sends small-business bill to Obama: This article from USA Today reports that yesterday the House of Representatives passed the Small Business Bill 237-187, mostly along party lines. The bill now heads to the President for signing. For more information on what’s in the Small Business Bill, be sure to check out last week’s blog post.
- Second Look: First Aid for Bankers: The Wall Street Journal reports that some of the largest American banks, including Bank of America Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., PNC Financial Services Group Inc., and U.S. Bancorp. are giving some of those previously rejected for loans another look — and, accordingly, another chance to borrow.
- House Members Introduce Small Business Clean Energy Financing Act: California Congresswoman Doris Matsui has “introduced the Small Business Clean Energy Financing Act, legislation which will assist small businesses in the clean energy sector to access financing.” Sounds like this could be a good thing for many people, not only small businesses.
- MS Offers Security Essentials to Small Businesses: If you’re searching for antivirus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software, Microsoft will offer its Security Essentials free to small business in October for use with up to 10 PCs.
- 6 Hawaiian-Style Small Business Marketing Tips: Andrew Lock uses his vacation in Maui to profile several different Hawaiian-based businesses and how they handle their marketing; Lock points out everything they’re doing right in a short (16-minute) video. Enjoy your time in Hawaii!
What’s been going on in your small business world this week?