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:: Happy New Year
To all the small business owners, wishing
you a happy new year. With peace, prosperity
and few taxes.
:: Small Business Concerns
The cost and availability of health
insurance remains the No. 1 concern for small-business
owners, according to the most recent survey
by the National Federation of Independent Business.
But the problem is not as big as it was a year
ago. In November, 25 percent of entrepreneurs
claimed health care costs were their biggest
problem, down from 28 percent a year ago. Coming
in at No. 2 is taxes, with 17 percent of small-business
owners saying it's their top concern.
:: Small Business
Matchmaking Goes Online
The U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA) and the HP Small Business Foundation,
a non-profit subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard,
Thursday announced the schedule for their 2005
Business Matchmaking events. These events, which
take place at specified dates throughout the
year in cities around the U.S., match small
companies with government agencies and private
sector corporations, including Fortune 500 companies.
The small businesses then have a chance to meet
the buyers one-on-one or via phone to negotiate
for potential contracts.
In 2005 the SBA in partnership with HP will
launch the Business Matchmaking Online Network,
in which small business owners will be able
to participate in the matchmaking process virtually,
without having to travel to one of the regular
Business Matchmaking events. Initially to be
launched as a pilot program in Phoenix, Albuquerque,
Denver, Kansas City, and Tampa, the program
is slated to be rolled out nationwide in September
Complete Article on Small
Business Match Making
:: $21 billion available in SBA
President Bush signed legislation Dec.
8 that makes more than $21 billion available
in loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration's
two main loan programs.
The bill also reauthorizes the agency's programs
and provides a $580 million budget for fiscal
Expect to see continued growth in the area of
small businesses, as it appears the US feels
the economy is in the hands of American small
:: Small Business
Remember now is the time to talk to
your accountant. If you company was excessively
profitable this year, give your accountant a
call and find out what expenses can be made
to offset profit.
Figure out a plan to save and reinvest revenues.
There are a number of opportunities and tax
advantages for small businesses but they must
be implemented before the end of the year!
:: Submit Your Online Newsletter
If you have an Ezine or newsletter
be sure to submit it to the ezine directory
at EzineDepot. EzineDepot is an ezine
and newsletter directory search engine, editors
and publishers submit their ezines or newsletters
free of charge. If you wish to elevate your
listing you may bid for position.
:: New Google Suggestion
Tool in Beta
As you type into the search box, Google
Suggest guesses what you're typing and
offers suggestions in real time. This is similar
to Google's "Did you mean?" feature that offers
alternative spellings for your query after you
search, except that it works in real time. For
example, if you type "bass," Google Suggest
might offer a list of refinements that include
"bass fishing" or "bass guitar." Similarly,
if you type in only part of a word, like "progr,"
Google Suggest might offer you refinements like
"programming," "programming languages," "progesterone,"
or "progressive." You can choose one by scrolling
up or down the list with the arrow keys or mouse.
Try out Google
:: Google AdSense Changes for
Google has just announced new features
for Google Adsense, the most beneficial change
is changes to the Channel tracking program.
Google's new url channels mean that webmasters
will be able to more effectively track what
pages or ads are effective on a site.
Google introduced a whole new type of
channel for accounts. URL channels allow webmasters
to track the performance of individual pages,
or groups of pages, without having to update
your ad code. Simply click the 'Channel Management'
link below the Settings' tab to get started.
By entering a full or partial URL, you'll immediately
begin tracking the performance of your pages.
You can enter a top-level domain name to track
all of the pages on that domain, or you can
enter a partial URL to track all of the pages
below a certain directory. Entering a full URL
will track the performance of that particular
For examples and instructions, please refer
to the Channels section of AdSense Support
Additional Google Adsense enhancements
Google has expanded the program in other areas
as well including enhanced image support. Login
in to your AdSense account to review the new
:: The National Association
for the Self-Employed (NASE) reports that home-based
businesses are on the rise in the United States.
As technology increases convenience,
more and more self-employed have opened or moved
their business into their own homes, giving
them greater flexibility and control over their
professional and personal lives. According to
newly released U.S. Census data, 4.2 million
Americans worked from home in 2000, a 23 percent
increase from the number of home-based workers
of Home Based Small Businesses
:: RSS Benefits to Publishers
The big benefit to RSS is that individuals
opt-in to content of interest, totally controlling
the flow of information that they receive. If
the quality of the content in the feed declines,
users simply remove the feed from their RSS
reader and they will not receive any additional
updates from that source. The RSS reader acts
as an aggregator, allowing users to view and
scan multiple content streams in a timely fashion.
Complete Article - RSS
:: Internet Advertising
For anyone how is interested, the 2005
Internet Advertising Awards are now accepting
entries. The IAC Awards are the first and only
industry-based advertising award competition
dedicated exclusively to online advertising.
For those who have participated in the past,
there has been a number of changes to to the
competition format including an increase in
the number of industry categories and an upgraded
trophy for the winners. Also there will be a
best of show winner selected for each of the
advertising medium categories (page-based ad,
email-based ad, online newsletter, interactive
application and microsite/landing page).
The deadline for entry is January 31, 2005 and
complete information can be found on the award
website at http://www.iacaward.org/
:: Small-business Outlook Seen
The chief economist for the National
Federation of Independent Business painted an
upbeat picture Thursday of the U.S. economy
in the coming year and said the nation's small
businesses will serve as an important stimulus
for further growth.
"We're doing very well with this economy," said
NFIB economist William Dunkelberg. "The outlook
for general business conditions is positive,"
he said. Dunkelberg, who is a frequent guest
on national cable financial news shows, said
that many economic indicators are pointing to
a strong economy next year.
:: National Small
Business Week - Nominate Entrepeneurs
National Small Business Week honors
America 's entrepreneurs -- the men and women
who start and grow the small businesses that
drive our nation's economy. As part of the celebration,
the U.S. Small Business Administration and its
partners recognize small business owners and
advocates from across the country. The Nominations
Guidelines for Celebrating Small Business Week
provide the information you need to nominate
individuals or businesses for special awards.
:: Number of U.S. small business
The number of U.S. small grew by 3.9
percent from 2001 to 2002, the U.S. Census Bureau
said Tuesday, with the state of Nevada leading
During the one year period, the latest for which
the data is available, the number of businesses
that have one or more owner but no paid employees
and represent 70 percent of the U.S. total,
went from 17 million to more than 17.6 million,
the bureau said in its 2002 report on Non-employer
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