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Apprentice Guru Nick Hewer: Jobless Must Start Own Businesses

Apprentice Guru Nick Hewer: Jobless Must Start Own Businesses | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Nick Hewer wants more Britons starting up own firms in recession.
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Thinking in the UK is way ahead of the US - CAMEO agrees with Nick Hewer, a guru on the British version of The Apprentice.

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Businesses aren’t creating enough jobs and government employment’s been cut back. Do it yourself. Create your own job, start your own business. It’s these very small, micro-businesses that are the future of our economy.
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Net Neutrality Regulations Show How Washington Burdens Small Business - US News

Net Neutrality Regulations Show How Washington Burdens Small Business - US News | Micro-business | Scoop.it

Small BusineNew net neutrality regulations show how Washington burdens small businesses.

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Small Businesses and #microbiz need to stand up for net neutrality.  Make your voices known.

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Boosting Women-Owned Businesses Will Boost the Economy | American Sustainable Business Council

Boosting Women-Owned Businesses Will Boost the Economy | American Sustainable Business Council | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Women-owned businesses can be found in all industries and sizes, but many of them are hidden in plain sight in home-based enterprises. These small businesses are making a difference in local economies - even those run from the family dining room table. Take Gisele as an example. She started off making tamales in her kitchen, then began selling at the weekly farmers market, and finally moved to La Cocina’s kitchen incubator in San Francisco. Now, she runs a full-service catering business, creating opportunities for others in the process.
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Support women's entrepreneurship means supporting households and families

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Google and Lending Club Kick Off New Business Loan Program

Google and Lending Club Kick Off New Business Loan Program | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Google Partners now have a new source from which to get some extra capital. Google and Lending C...
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Another entrant into the small business lending arena!

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Support for Small Business Leads Garcia's Legislative Package

Support for Small Business Leads Garcia's Legislative Package | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Imperial Valley News Pressing all envelopes
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business technical assistance is right in there! #microbiz

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Client Business Impact - Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Client Business Impact - Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center | Micro-business | Scoop.it
  Print PDF English Imprima PDF en Español  
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business assistance => business success and jobs

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Las Vegas' 'Evangelical Urbanist' Steps Down From Bleeding Downtown Project

Las Vegas' 'Evangelical Urbanist' Steps Down From Bleeding Downtown Project | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Tony Hsieh's visionary plan for the city's off-strip core seems to be imploding, leaving followers disillusioned.
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Sounds like the businesses need CAMEO members! I still like this concept - don't throw baby out with the bathwater

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DelBene Joins Reps. Chu and Maloney in Introducing Legislation to Support Women-Owned Small Businesses | Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

DelBene Joins Reps. Chu and Maloney in Introducing Legislation to Support Women-Owned Small Businesses | Congresswoman Suzan DelBene | Micro-business | Scoop.it
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Congressional women unite to support women's business ownership!  Two bills, one in the Senate and now one in the House!  Show your support by urging your Senators to co-sponsor: http://www.congressweb.com/wipp/27

 

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Did You Know? Most Small Businesses Start With $10,000 Or Less | Quickbooks

Did You Know? Most Small Businesses Start With $10,000 Or Less | Quickbooks | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Intuit recently conducted a survey to better understand how small businesses get started, and found that the majority of them do so with $10,000 or less.
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Only 12% get help from the SBA - lots of potential to help small and micro business owners succeed! 

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Three in Five New Microbusinesses Use Personal Savings to Stay Afloat, Sam's Club Survey Finds - WSJ.com

Three in Five New Microbusinesses Use Personal Savings to Stay Afloat, Sam's Club Survey Finds - WSJ.com | Micro-business | Scoop.it
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Small businesses have a hard time finding credit - consider a local Community Development Financial Institution or your credit union or a community bank. 

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A New Strategy to “Drive” Small Business Growth | SBA.gov

A New Strategy to “Drive” Small Business Growth | SBA.gov | Micro-business | Scoop.it
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Great way for big businesses to help the smaller guys and gals - pay for services in a reasonable amount of time - imagine that. Too bad it took a Presidential effort to bring this practice into reality.  Now extend that to freelancers and the really small guys.  Pay your vendors and pay them on time!

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Small Business Lenders Open Up to Cory Booker About Their High Interest Rates

Small Business Lenders Open Up to Cory Booker About Their High Interest Rates | Micro-business | Scoop.it
A senator raises the interest rate question at a panel on alternative lending to small business
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All the more reason to see funding from a community-based microlender ...  very reasonable interest rates 

 

If you're in California you can find them here:

http://www.microbiz.org/cameo-membership/map-of-microlenders/

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5 Reasons Why Janet Yellen Still Sees Slack in Economy - Five Things - WSJ

5 Reasons Why Janet Yellen Still Sees Slack in Economy  - Five Things - WSJ | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Monday offered a full-throated defense of the central bank’s easy money policies in a speech in Chicago.
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Micro-business development can be seen as an antidote to much  that Janet Yellen sees wrong with our labor market

 

1.  Part-time Workers:  Starting a micro-business can offer a way to make money for the part-time workers.   

2.  Job Market Turnover:  Starting your own business allows you more control over job stability.

3.  Lackluster wage growth:  Micro-businesses pay way better than the federal minimum wage - about $18 an hour

4.  Long-term Unemployed- starting a business is a great way to create your own job, especially if you have barriers to entry to traditional work,

5. Participation: starting your own business creates your own job and puts you back in the labor market

 

The policy problem is that current infrastructure doesn't recognize the reality of the labor market - that a growing number of people are self-employed.  We need to make sure they're successful.

 

 

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Seeking Capital? Take a Fresh Look at SBA’s Loans

Seeking Capital? Take a Fresh Look at SBA’s Loans | Micro-business | Scoop.it
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is often not a first choice for small business owners looking for financing, but the long-time lending giant has recently made significant changes that should bump it up your list when it comes to finding smart capital for your business. I won’t dispute that the SBA has a reputation of being …
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Introducing SB 197 (Block)! | Opportunity Fund

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A new California bill will increase affordable capital to underserved small businesses.

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Three Ways Politicians Misunderstand Small Businesses

Three Ways Politicians Misunderstand Small Businesses | Micro-business | Scoop.it
The first mistake politicians make when attempting to spur small business is assuming that small businesses want their help in the first place!
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I especially like the part about the concentration... 1000 new business owners is the same as bringing 1 new business with 1000 jobs.

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AltLend: Ami Kassar, Founder - MultiFunding LLC and WSJ Guest Columnist - YouTube

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Small business advocate Ami Kassar calls for transparency in costs in alternative lending.

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Strategies: Self-employed give thumbs up to Obamacare

Strategies: Self-employed give thumbs up to Obamacare | Micro-business | Scoop.it

ACA is benefiting the 22 million self-employed Americans. It underscores the ACA's incalculable benefit to entrepreneurship and job creation, as well as its role in providing coverage to a cohort of underinsured people (traditionally the self-employed have been more than 30% uninsured).Many say they've been able to get health insurance, grow their companies because of the Affordable Care Act.

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ACA is benefiting the 22 million self-employed Americans. It underscores the ACA's incalculable benefit to entrepreneurship and job creation, as well as its role in providing coverage to a cohort of underinsured people (traditionally the self-employed have been more than 30% uninsured).

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The National Champion of Local Business

The National Champion of Local Business | Micro-business | Scoop.it
For nearly two decades, Stacy Mitchell has tried to level a playing field she sees as tilted toward big retail.
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This article has a bunch of good examples of cities paying big bucks to box stores at the expense of the taxpayer and local business.

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Credit Scores and Financial Behavior of business owners

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Our colleagues at Aspen's FIELD program explored the  outcomes on credit scores and financial behaviors of  microentrepreneurs who used a secured credit card.

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Women Launching 1,200 New Businesses a Day, New Research Shows

Women Launching 1,200 New Businesses a Day, New Research Shows | Micro-business | Scoop.it
The latest OPEN State of Women-Owned Business report shows the increasing clout of women entrepreneurs.
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Women starting businesses like GangBusters

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Closing the gender gap

Closing the gender gap | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Sen. Maria Cantwell shares her thoughts on a report that suggests women business owners face a gender pay gap. Cantwell also talks about small businesses and the influence of women. The panel then turns the conversation to the situation in Gaza.
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We applaud the Senator Maria Cantwell and the Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship for bringing attention to the huge gender gap in small business lending.

 

Women get $1 for every $23 that men get for small business loans.  

 

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Watsonville conference aims to build small specialty food enterprises

Watsonville conference aims to build small specialty food enterprises | Micro-business | Scoop.it
WATSONVILLE >> Is the next Sriracha brewing in Watsonville?
Maybe the city's micro-entrepreneurs will come up with the next hot product to take off in the specialty food market.
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Our Go-to-market conference helped over 70 very small food businesses in Watsonville. They networked, they learned, they connected with suppliers and distribution channels... We expect to see many of their products on the shelves in the near future.

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The Mysterious Death of Entrepreneurship in America

The Mysterious Death of Entrepreneurship in America | Micro-business | Scoop.it
A tale of two definitions of entrepreneur—one thriving, one flailing.
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I wonder if they've considered the growth of the self-employed/the independent worker that is really a business, but might not be registered as one.

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