Banks Pull Another $1 Billion From Small Business Lending

Management and Operations
21st Century Career Development and Its Implications for Learning and Development
There has been a significant change between what career development means in the 21st century and what it meant when our parents' generation, or even when my fellow Boomers, entered the workforce. ManageSmarter.com

Management and Operations
First Lady Michelle Obama Promotes Work/Life Balance
During her visit with 400 employees, Obama touched on an issue that has been central to her professional life—simultaneously managing the demands of home and the workplace. Workforce.com

Management and Operations
Can Main Street Win Business Plan Competitions?
Business plan competitions tend to emphasize technology. NYtimes.com

Legal Issues
Law Protecting Gay, Transgender Workers Vowed in 2010
The measure would prohibit basing hiring, firing, promotion and compensation decisions on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Workforce.com

Financial Issues
Feds Approve $187 Million to Better Fuel Economy
Most of the money goes to heavy-duty truck makers, but auto companies will get a third. Entrepreneur.com

Financial Issues
Banks Pull Another $1 Billion From Small Business Lending
The nation's biggest banks cut their collective small business lending balance by another $1 billion in November, according to a Treasury report released late Friday. The drop marked the seventh straight month of declines. CNNmoney.com

Technology Issues
Google Adds New Features to Place Pages, Is It Enough?
In September Google released Google Place Pages in its effort to create a Web page for every business on the Web (and, of course, take away a little steam from Yelp). Last week they offered up two new features to help make the service a bit more interactive and useful for users and business owners. SmallBizTrends.com

Technology Issues
Next Little Thing 2010
Wireless electricity, invisible speakers, a mind-reading headset -- see what America's entrepreneurs are creating for release in 2010. CNNmoney.com

Technology Issues
Techs Working for $54B From Small Business
From specialized product launches to lower-cost financing options, Dell and Hewlett Packard are among the PC makers courting the little guys. FoxSmallBusiness.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
How to Target a Local Audience Online
A good local search strategy is important to any business looking to reach out to customers in their area whether they sell online or not. Here are four tips for getting your business in front of local customers on the Internet. BusinessKnowHow.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
Buy-Local Campaigns Deliver Above-Average Holiday Sales
Supporters of buy-local campaigns say shopping at independent retailers benefits the community more than shopping at national chains or big-boxes. BusinessWeek.com