Small Business Brief for 11/03

Politics and Economics

Last Words from the Candidates

Today, November 3, the Wall Street Journal published pieces by Barack Obama and John McCain that highlight key elements of their economic platforms.

 

Are You Worn Out and Frustrated by The Issues? You Are Not Alone. Both presidential hopefuls have talked about small business more than candidates in other recent elections, but for small business owners, problem is that too many issues are confronting them all at once. Chicago Tribune (free registration)

Department of Defense Industry Day Moss Point, Mississippi, is the place to be if you want your small business to compete for Defense Department procurement contracts. There will be Department of Defense Industry Day. Informational sessions offered on certifications and government contracts, but much of the focus of the event will be on networking. The Mississippi Press

Make Sure Your Workers Have Time to Vote While the question of giving time off to vote is still up in the air, election officials agree that more effort needs to go into getting people to vote. The Washington Times

Why Small Business Owners are the True Capitalists
An Interview with Independent Candidate Ralph Nader. BusinessWeek.com

Law and Regulation Enforcement

Switch on International Financial Reporting Standards Still Far Off Private companies can expect to eventually be required to conform to international financial reporting standards, but there is no word yet as to when. On the other hand, public companies are expected to adapt the standards by around 2014. CFO Magazine

Doing Business

Marketing Strategies that Won't Break Your Bank
Sometimes a small business has to be extra imaginative with their marketing efforts in order to attract customers. Here we offer six proven, low-cost strategies to help your small business increase sales and generate referrals. BusinessKnowHow.Com.

3 Dumbest LLC Formation Mistakes
Perhaps you are doing your own incorporation or maybe you have hired a professional to handle it. Either way, there are several common mistakes that people make that you should watch for. BusinessKnowHow.Com.

Using E-mail to Drive Renewals
Here are a few tips on making the most of your email renewal efforts. ClickZ .

Companies Shifting More Healthcare Costs to Employees More and more small-business owners are asking their employees to pay more for health insurance next year because of rising costs. It is a hard decision to make, but these are times in which we live.American City Business Journals/Baltimore