:: Business Opportunities in the South
Ten of the nations top 20 markets for small business
are in the South, according to the report.
The rankings were derived from a formula that considered
such factors as local concentrations of small business,
population growth and employment gains or losses.
:: Small Businesses Fret
Over Food-Safety Rules
When Congress revamped food-safety laws last year,
small farmers and food producers won a victory when they
were excluded from many of the new rules.
Now, as the Food and Drug Administration implements the
new Food Safety Modernization Act, the small businesses
are hoping they are not snagged by the new rules anyway.
The legislation, which updates 100-year-old food-safety
regulations, does not apply to meat, eggs or dairy products,
which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
:: Wi-Fi and Small Businesess
Small-business owners on the go appreciate access
to the free Wi-Fi networks popping up almost everywhere.
They are not alone: According to a recent poll conducted
by Wakefield Research and the Wi-Fi Alliance, 32 percent
of respondents said they have tried to get on a Wi-Fi network
that was not their own.
The Better Business Bureau, along with the Federal Trade
Commission urges all people - business owners and their
customers - to take precautions before using a Wi-Fi hotspot.
:: Teaching Children About
One very good way is to participate in Lemonade
Day on Sunday, May 1. This is a free communitywide program
dedicated to teaching children how to start, own and operate
small businesses through the time-honored act of building
and running a lemonade stand.
Lemonade Day pairs an adult with a child and provides free
materials and support, thanks to local sponsors who recognize
the significant benefits of teaching youth business skills
early. Imperial Sugar, as a longtime company in Texas, and
BBVA Compass continue to be the leaders in supporting Lemonade
:: Employing Family Members
For an increasing number of entrepreneurs, employing
a family member has been a boost to business, new research
shows. According to a recent survey of 1,000 small-business
owners conducted by specialty insurance firm Hiscox, 21
percent employ a family member. Of those who do, 94 percent
said the family hire benefits their business. When asked
about the reasons for employing family members, 57 percent
said it had to do with trust, followed by 45 percent who
cited reliability as an advantage. An additional 44 percent
also said they were confident that their family members
would work hard.
:: Shutdown Averted Small
Many small business owners support a government
shutdown and believe that it will have little effect on
them, according to a new study.
The study from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School
of Business and Management reports that 48 percent of small
private business owners and those who lend to small businesses
said they supported a government shutdown. Thirty-nine percent
said they opposed a shutdown.
The survey also showed 62.4% of supporters said they would
support a shutdown even if it lasted a month or more.
:: Question and Answer Websites
Question and answer websites have popped up all
over the Internet. These interactive sites are designed
to connect individuals, and help them get answers to questions.
We have compiled a list of some of the more popular Question
& Answers websites...
and Answer Websites
:: Small Business Primer
The new guide, called the ADA
Update: A Primer for Small Business, describes how the
ADA applies to employees and customers in situations many
small businesses encounter every day. It includes recent
changes and clarifications that went into effect on March
15th of this year.
:: Mobility Key to Small Business Success
The workplace is changing. Gone are the days when
people in your organization needed only a computer and a
desk to do their jobs. Now, they may need that computer,
but they do not always need that desk. Instead, they need
smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices that help
them perform the days tasks wherever they are. This is particularly
the case for small businesses, according to a study from
wireless carrier AT&T. The Small Business Technology
Poll, which surveyed 2,000 respondents, reveals how small
business are making use of smartphone apps. While some organizations
are readily embracing cloud-based and software-as-a-service
mobile solutions, an equal number admit to having no
idea what such solutions are all about.
:: Number of Women Owned
recent report from American Express OPEN, called
the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, is showing that
small business startup news has never been better for women.
According to the study, the number of women-owned businesses
has increased from 5.4 million in 1997 to 8.1 million in
2011. Furthermore, revenue generated by these firms is expected
to grow to approximately $1.2 billion this year.
:: Five Signs You Need a Marketing Makeover
Your business is rolling along and you think your
brand strategy is working. But is it? Are your marketing
messages and materials driving the results you need? If
not, it might be time for a marketing makeover.
Signs You Need a Marketing Makeover
:: Great PowerPoint Presentation
When speaking at a conference or a seminar, it
is important that your presentation convey professionalism.
A PowerPoint presentation can be used to visually represent
your material. The presentation should be polished and consistent
throughout. The visual presentation should supplement your
speech, not distract or detract from your oral presentation.
Rarely should PowerPoint be used without an accompanying
explanation of the slides. Here are a few tips for making
your PowerPoint presentation better and more professional...
PowerPoint Presentation Tips
:: Small Businesses At Risk For Cyber
Small-business owners may think they will not be
targeted by cyber criminals the way a big company or military
contractor might, so it is natural to become lax about cyber
That is the mindset a local program wants to change by raising
awareness and educating entrepreneurs that they are also
vulnerable to cyber attacks.
:: Tips for Internet Connectivity
Assuming you can get a connection, here are
some time-saving tips I have come up with, along with others
that fellow Gadlingers suggested to keep me from pulling
my hair out at the local Internet cafe.
Philosophies regarding social media networks, such
as Twitter, can vary greatly. But similar to email, an unspoken
etiquette has emerged for these social websites as well.
The etiquette for these social sites does not consist of
hard and fast rules, but is simply a list of guidelines
for posting. The following is a set of Twitter etiquette
guidelines, but can also be applied to other social networks...