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The Economy’s Improving? Tell Small BusinessOne survey following another shows that Americans feel better about the economy than they have since before the 2008 financial crisis. Plus the housing market appears to finally be recovering. All this should make small business owners who are coming off a rough couple of years feel pretty good, right?Not so, according to a Gallup poll out Friday from Wells Fargo (WFC), showing the biggest drop in small business owners’ confidence since the fall of 2008. The quarterly index, based on responses from 600 business owners, dropped 28 points as more businesses reported declining revenues, payrolls, and capital investment, both in the last 12 months and in their expectations for the year ahead. Read More
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The Economy’s Improving? Tell Small Business

One survey following another shows that Americans feel better about the economy than they have since before the 2008 financial crisis. Plus the housing market appears to finally be recovering. All this should make small business owners who are coming off a rough couple of years feel pretty good, right?

Not so, according to a Gallup poll out Friday from Wells Fargo (WFC), showing the biggest drop in small business owners’ confidence since the fall of 2008. The quarterly index, based on responses from 600 business owners, dropped 28 points as more businesses reported declining revenues, payrolls, and capital investment, both in the last 12 months and in their expectations for the year ahead. Read More

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What Do Small Businesses Mean to You?
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5 Lessons Marketers Can Learn From Obama’s Victory1. It’s the Big Data, Stupid2. Facebook Advertising Works3. All the Money in the World Can’t Overcome Advertising4. Social Media is Just One Tool in the Arsenal5. It’s the Demographics, StupidRead More
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5 Lessons Marketers Can Learn From Obama’s Victory

1. It’s the Big Data, Stupid
2. Facebook Advertising Works
3. All the Money in the World Can’t Overcome Advertising
4. Social Media is Just One Tool in the Arsenal
5. It’s the Demographics, Stupid
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(via 5 Lessons Marketers Can Learn From Obama’s Victory)

With the election over, what small business owners can expect from President Obama’s 2nd term
President Barack Obama’s re-election to a second term takes away some of the uncertainty that small business owners have been carrying around. The question now is whether he can satisfy those who say he hasn’t done enough to help them expand and create jobs. Read More
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With the election over, what small business owners can expect from President Obama’s 2nd term

President Barack Obama’s re-election to a second term takes away some of the uncertainty that small business owners have been carrying around. The question now is whether he can satisfy those who say he hasn’t done enough to help them expand and create jobs. Read More

(via With the election over, what small business owners can expect from President Obama’s 2nd term - The Washington Post)

What Is ‘Made in America’ Worth?
Probably more than you think. As more manufacturing returns to U.S. shores, early signs show that a “Made in America” label is a serious competitive advantage.
International perceptions of “Made in America,” are rooted in global perceptions of the country itself—and that news is surprisingly favorable for domestic manufacturers. Simon Anholt is a British branding consultant and creator of the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, which measures a nation’s international reputation. In the market-research company’s most recent survey, released in late October, the U.S. ranked first—for the fourth year in a row. Read More
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What Is ‘Made in America’ Worth?

Probably more than you think. As more manufacturing returns to U.S. shores, early signs show that a “Made in America” label is a serious competitive advantage.

International perceptions of “Made in America,” are rooted in global perceptions of the country itself—and that news is surprisingly favorable for domestic manufacturers. Simon Anholt is a British branding consultant and creator of the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, which measures a nation’s international reputation. In the market-research company’s most recent survey, released in late October, the U.S. ranked first—for the fourth year in a row. Read More

(via What Is ‘Made in America’ Worth? | Inc.com)

Low-Interest Loans Available for Small Businesses Impacted by Sandy

Small-business owners that need financial assistance due to hurricane Sandy should tap disaster recovery loans from the Small Business Administration. The low-interest loans may be used to repair or replace real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a “declared disaster”. The two main types of disaster recovery loans for small businesses are “Business Physical Disaster Loans” and “Economic Injury Disaster Loans”. The maximum amount of assistance available for each type of loan is $2 million. For businesses that have no other access to credit the maximum interest rate is 4 percent and the repayment term can be as long as 30 years.

Learn more at SBA.gov.

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American-Made, Made Easy

If stateside shoppers spent only five percent more on American-made goods, nearly one million new U.S. jobs would be created — that’s one way to end a recession.
With this statistic in mind, [Boston-based small business] Ball and Buck founder Mark Bollman has curated the best of the best in domestic menswear for this [past] weekend’s inaugural American Field Movement pop-up market. Read More

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American-Made, Made Easy

If stateside shoppers spent only five percent more on American-made goods, nearly one million new U.S. jobs would be created — that’s one way to end a recession.

With this statistic in mind, [Boston-based small business] Ball and Buck founder Mark Bollman has curated the best of the best in domestic menswear for this [past] weekend’s inaugural American Field Movement pop-up market. Read More

(via American-Made, Made Easy, image via The Phoenix)

The best in the U.S. for entrepreneurship: Where does your state rank?

1. Massachusetts
2. North Dakota
3. California
4. New York
5. Minnesota
… 

How did you do?

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