Friday, April 8, 2011

A Quick Review of This Week's Small Business Trends

For this week's news roundup, we've collected some interesting reports on small business trends and ideas... just doin' out best to keep you in the loop! 

Coupon services keep sprouting up, but will all of them make the cut? (

Consumers have long complained about telemarketers calling in the middle of dinner to pitch new vinyl siding or satellite TV. Now, businesses face a similar scourge: salespeople from Groupon, BuyWithMe, LivingSocial, and other coupon services eager to get them to offer deep discounts on products and services. (Read more)

Learn how to collect from slow payers (New York Times)

Small business owners know it is cash flow or die. While the recession officially ended in June 2009, many companies are still reeling. Credit can be hard to come by, and profits have not completely bounced back. On top of that, many customers are taking longer than ever to pay their bills. (Read more)

Small businesses look across borders to add markets
(USA Today)

Commerce, along with the Small Business Administration and the Export-Import Bank, are making a big push to help small and midsize firms dramatically increase exports. (Read more)

8.8 million tablets in use at SMBs (InformationWeek)

There are nearly 9 million tablets in use at small and midsize businesses in the U.S., roughly half of which were purchased by employees as consumers and later brought into the office environment, according to new research conducted by Techaisle. (Read more)

Turn your house into a billboard, get free mortgage

Startup advertising firm Adzookie has latched on to a high-profile way to publicize itself: by turning homes into massive billboards. (Read more)

Have a fantastic weekend!

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