Microlenders Getting Big with Small Business


Government and Economy

Microlenders Growing Fast

As banks continue to freeze lending, more small-business owners and would-be entrepreneurs are turning to microlenders, organizations that offer smaller loans ranging from as little as $500 to $35,000, as a viable alternative. WSJ.com

Senate Proposal Sends Remaining TARP Money to Small Business

In a nonbinding vote, the US Senate endorsed a proposal to use the remaining funds in the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to help small businesses. Bloomberg.com

Management and Financial Issues

Energy Start-ups Poised for Stimulus Cash

Counting on help from Washington, there is a new crop of entrepreneurs building pragmatic, planet-friendly enterprises. CNNMoney.com

Technology Issues

Online Retail: Managing Inventory Assets

Selling online as a web retailer helps you avoid many of the costs of brick-and-mortar retailing, such as maintaining a store. But there’s no getting away from the need to handle inventory. StartupNation.com

Benefits and Labor Issues

Small Businesses Clamoring for Independent Contractors

2009 is shaping up to be the year of the independent contractor—at least it is where small businesses are concerned. SmallBizTrends.com

Sales and Marketing

Getting the Most Out of Your Sales Staff
With increased competition and tight money, many firms are in a quandary: how do you generate more revenue without hiring more people? This live webcast will show you what you can do to get the most out of your existing sales staff. ManageSmarter.com

Let Your Customers Buy From You
Don't send your customers on a wild goose chase. In this economy, you can't afford to make doing business with you difficult. ClickZ.com