Around the World of Small Business

Enjoy this sampling of small business stories from around the Web. From technology and money, to entrepreneurship, marketing, and ecommerce, you’ll find something to help you boost your business.


  • Regardless of where you stand on the issue of climate change, weather around the world has gone crazy (yeah, that’s a technical term). Read this, assuming that you do want your business to survive a natural disaster.
  • Unless you belong to the cult of Apple or Linux, you’ll probably love this news about Microsoft Windows (excuse me now while I enter witness protection).


  • There’s no one way to build a business, which is one reason business advice is so popular. What’s your entrepreneurial preference? Build it fast or build to last?
  • Want healthy, happy and productive employees all year ’round? Shove them out the door for a summer vacation. Even better: lead by example, and watch good things happen to your business.
  • No one wants to spend money on a lawyer. And while you may be tempted to handle certain legal tasks on your own, knowing when to pay for legal advice can save you a lot of money and aggravation.
  • Brand advocate, employee engagement, thought leadership. There’s a lot of good stuff hiding behind the latest business buzzwords. Business is better when you let your employees shine.


  • Tired of trying to second guess Google’s SEO requirements? The company’s cryptic algorithm changes have left many small business owners ripping out their hair. Whatever happened to don’t be evil?
  • You spend time, money and energy crafting the best possible email marketing campaign. And you can ruin it all in 45 words or less.


  • Ah, the fine art of (closing) the deal. Have your salespeople lost it? Help them get it back.
  • No one leaves the house anymore without the trinity of modern life: keys, wallet and cell phone. Learn to turn our national obsession with texting into your next revenue stream.
  • The recession managed to turn the phrase “small business loan” into a four-letter word. But wait: are those signs of life in the small business loan department?


  • You’d be hard pressed to find a world more competitive than selling online. It’s not for the faint of heart or the uneducated. I’m not talking Harvard here…no MBAs required. What you need is a good dose of Internet Commerce Education, or ICE. ColderICE to be exact. Talk to the man who’s been there, done that…and continues to do it the right way.

Friday Fun

  • Every small business needs a business plan and a mission statement. Just please, whatever you do, don’t let this happen to your Mission Statement.

Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of

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