Small Firms Targeted by Stimulus Scammers

 

Government and Economy

Small Business Stimulus Loan Scams

The SBA doesn't give stimulus package loans directly to small businesses, but that hasn't stopped scammers from trying to make you believe otherwise. BusinessWeek.com

Auto Suppliers to Receive $5 billion Bailout

The Treasury Department is trying to stabilize the auto industry by providing as much as $5 billion in financing to troubled auto parts suppliers linked to Detroit's car makers. Yahoo.com/AP

Turning Up the Heat on AIG

Outraged at the $165 million, Congress and the Administration are coming up with ways to punish the company and take back the money. Forbes.com

Management and Financial Issues

Former IRS Auditor Offers Tax Advice

Small businesses face a higher risk of audits than either individuals or big business. Here is some advice to help you avoid the pitfalls and make sure your returns are accurate. BusinessWeek.com

Life After Blockbuster

Independent video rental shops are fighting hard to hang on to their customers and preserve what is now a vanishing industry. CNNMoney.com

Technology Issues

Heard the News? E-Mail Is Dead

Email, once the most effective way to communicate with your friends, customers and associates, has now become useless. So, what are we supposed to do about it? PCMag.com

Benefits and Labor Issues

Hiring Your First Employee

The first hiring questions small business owners typically wrestle with are who they should hire, and when and where they can find good candidates. Here is a rundown of some basics for hiring your first employee. WSJ.com

Small Firms and Severance Packages

Surveys show many companies are drastically scaling back on severance right now. Where does your company fit in? WSJOnline.com

Sales and Marketing

Local Small Business Interactive Ad Market Shows Promise
According to a new Borrell Associates report, small-to-medium US businesses are likely to spend nearly 70% of their interactive ad budgets on paid search and video by 2013. ClickZ.com

Demographics for SMBs
Demographic targeting can be intimidating, but by applying small business common sense to the topic, you will understand who wants to buy what you're trying to sell. ClickZ.com