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Archives: November 2009

Monday Links: Bagels, IPOs

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 30

[I'm going to work baked goods into the link roundup headline whenever I can...] The WSJ proves there's room for innovation everywhere with Barry Newman's page one look at efforts...

Black Friday Recap: "Cautiously Optimistic"

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 30

More shoppers crowded stores this weekend, but they each spent less on average than even last year's frugal consumers, according to the National Retail Federation. The retailers we're following say...

No Rebound Yet For Smallest Businesses

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 30

Confidence among America's smallest business owners fell to the lowest level since February, according to the latest Discover-Small Business Watch. The survey, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, polls a random sample...

Wednesday Links: Cupcakes, Giving Thanks

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 25

The FDIC's Sheila Bair says banks need to lend, Paul Wiseman and Pallavi Gogoi (a former BWer) report in USA Today. How many cupcakes do you have to sell each...

Holiday Sales So Far: Upbeat Awaiting Black Friday

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 25

I checked in with the three small retailers we're tracking throughout the holidays on the eve of Thanksgiving weekend. They sound cautiously upbeat. Frank Simoncioni, CEO of New Orleans candy...

Tuesday Links: Stimulus; Starving Artists

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 24

The SBA's $375 million in stimulus money to cut fees and boost loan guarantees is dry, reports Catherine Clifford of CNNMoney. Obama seeks $100 million to extend it, according to...

Entrepreneurial Spirit Lives On

Posted by: Amy Choi on November 23

Last spring, I wrote about how small business owners in Merced County, Calif., were pushing to jump start the local economy. I recently heard from one of those entrepreneurs, Ken...

Thursday Links: Geithner Scolds Banks

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 19

Geithner calls on bailed-out banks to increase lending to small businesses, Meena Thiruvengadam writes in the WSJ. Small business owners should think twice before skimping on holiday gifts to clients,...

Wednesday Links: 1,200 Resumes; Health Care Woes

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 18

1,200 job applications for nine openings: How small firms handle hiring in today's job market, by the WSJ's Emily Maltby. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) floats another small business loan program....

Roubini: Two U.S. Economies Diverging

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 18

Nouriel Roubini, the NYU economist who accurately predicted the financial meltdown, writes an important commentary in The Globe and Mail about two disparate American economies: "There is a smaller one...

Tuesday Links: Robbery Up, Lending Down

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 17

Robbers and burglars are moving beyond traditional cash-heavy targets to hit professional offices, suggests Sarah Needleman in the WSJ. Small business lending from bailed out banks is down 4% or...

Goldman Sachs Announces $500M in Aid to Small Business

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 17

Lords of high finance may seem unlikely sources of aid for small businesses. But Goldman Sachs (GS), along with Warren Buffett and several education and nonprofit groups, today announced a...

Bernanke: Credit Still Tight for Small Business

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 17

The credit crunch persists for small firms, and that could drag on job growth, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told the Economic Club of New York in a speech Monday. Small...

Monday Links: Global Entrepreneurs; Where B-Schools Fail

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 16

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicked off today. Follow Laurel Delaney for updates from the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France. Jonathan Ortmans and Vivek Wadhwa explain in BW why it matters....

Will the Recovery Leave Small Business Behind?

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 16

Is the small business sector underperforming the broader economy? And if so, does our economic data accurately reflect that? Those are the questions Jan Hatzius, chief US economist at Goldman...

SBA Head Karen Mills to Hold Live Chat Today

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 16

The Small Business Administration's chief Karen Mills is scheduled to hold a live webcast today at 3:15pm ET at You can submit questions by email. The chat is in...

Friday Links: Survivors and Statistics

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 13

Not much happy news in today's link round up. Survivor bias distorts business advice and research, writes Jason Cohen at Building 43 (hat tips to Tim Berry and Steve King.)...

Shop Local: Authenticity as a Key Holiday Promotion

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 13

Independent brick-and-mortar retailers have a key advantage over big box competitors: Their stores are rooted in their communities. Small business owners can leverage that sense of place and connection to...

Late Links: Small Business Reading

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 12

I'm trying to get in the habit of pointing to some of the best small business reading from around the Web. I don't promise to post it daily, but I...

Why You Should Watch Mary Mazzio's New Documentary

Posted by: Nick Leiber on November 11

The big takeaway from Mary Mazzio's powerful new documentary, Ten9Eight, is clear: entrepreneurship skills training for at-risk teens will increase the odds they stay in school. Its title, Ten9Eight, refers...

Holiday Inventory: A Small Retailer's Balancing Act

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 11

One of the biggest challenges for small retailers preparing for the holiday sales rush is anticipating demand and ordering inventory accordingly. Stores that don't order enough of hot items risk...

Fed Survey Shows Bank Credit Standards Stabilizing

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 09

Most banks kept credit standards for commercial loans to small businesses (under $50 million in sales) the same over the last three months, while a handful further tightened credit, according...

Advanta Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 09

Advanta Corp., once one of the largest credit card lenders to small businesses, filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday night. The Spring House (Pa.) company's main operation...

A New Loan Program Helps West Bank Small Business

Posted by: Stacy Perman on November 06

There is a growing faction that views disparity in income and a dearth of economic opportunities in the Middle East as much of a factor that fuels extremism and volatility...

Introducing: Tales of Holiday Retail

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 06

The eight weeks between today and the year’s end could make a big difference for the nation's small retailers. Many shops do a high percentage of their business in the...

Your Site, Others' Misbehavior: The Two U.S. Safe Harbor Laws

Posted by: Nick Leiber on November 06

This is a post by guest blogger Jonathan I. Ezor. One of the most valuable features of the Web as a business medium is interactivity, the ability of a company...

Why So Few Franchise Chains Offer Health Insurance

Posted by: Nick Leiber on November 06

This is a post by guest blogger Don Sniegowski, the founding editor of the daily franchise news site BlueMauMau. About as many franchise systems offer group health insurance coverage to...

Entrepreneurship = Obsession?

Posted by: Amy Choi on November 03

Here at SmallBiz, we spend a lot of time thinking about what drives an entrepreneur. The issue was at the heart of our special report earlier this year on social...

Embattled CIT Group Files For Bankruptcy

Posted by: Stacy Perman on November 02

After several months of twists and turns in an effort to avoid bankruptcy, on Sunday CIT Group put an end to its ongoing saga and indeed filed for a prepackaged...


What's it like to run your own company today? Entrepreneurs face multiple hurdles new and old, from raising capital and managing employees to keeping up with technology and competing in a global marketplace. In this blog, the Small Business channel's John Tozzi and Nick Leiber discuss the news, trends, and ideas that matter to small business owners. Follow them on Twitter @newentrepreneur.

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