Weekend Links: Independents Week; Senate Jobs Bill Highlights; IRS Paperwork

Posted by: Nick Leiber on July 2, 2010

To trumpet the economic benefits of buying from locally-owned shops, the advocacy group American Independent Business Alliance kicks off its seventh annual “Independents Week” in communities across the country, including Fayetteville, Ark., as the Fayetteville Flyer reports.

Robb Mandelbaum, writing in the NYT You’re the Boss blog, highlights the proposals in the Senate small-business jobs bill introduced on June 29.

Back in May, Bloomberg Businessweek’s John Tozzi wrote about a clause buried in the health-care reform bill that requires companies to report to the IRS payments of more than $600 a year to any vendor, starting in 2012. Now, the agency wants suggestions on how to best put this provision into practice, WebCPA reports.

In his latest Infectious Talk podcast, Paul Kedrosky chats with Mark Cuban about startups, life on the roadshow, and reforming Wall Street.

Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair festival, which just got underway, will donate $1 from each ticket sold to three social ventures, Alter Eco Fair Trade, Better World Books, and To-Go Ware, Bloomberg’s Patrick Cole reports.

And over on our Businessweek.com Asia channel, contributor Shaun Rein explains how not to run a business in China.

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