Small Retailers to Benefit From E-Commerce Expansion

Alibaba, the largest e-commerce operation in China, has made its second U.S. acquisition in as many months, is reporting, a move that is expected to create new opportunities for smaller American merchants. “AliExpress is designed to help smaller online retailers source their products directly from suppliers, and the acquisition of e-commerce software developer Auctiva […]

Small Businesses Fear Expiring Tax Cuts

Independent retailers might be hit hard if tax cuts end.

Tax cuts that went into effect under former President George W. Bush are set to expire at the end of this year. That could be bad news for small business owners, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Because most small firms are structured so that they pay individual rather than corporate income taxes, some would be […]

Tips For Retail Success

What does it take to open a successful storefront? According to recent surveys and expert advice, it takes a business plan and the right attitude, and some help getting started, such as an incubator program. According to a survey reported on the Small Business Trends website, having a business plan makes a startup twice as […]

Shoppers Prefer Local Biz

Many consumers today prefer doing business with smaller, local businesses, according to a recent survey conducted by WebVisible, an online marketing firm. Among the reasons cited for this preference are lower prices, a higher quality of goods and more personalized customer service. Included in the survey’s findings was that four out of five consumers would […]

Marketing Opps For Small Biz

One of the benefits of a sluggish economy seems to be that leaner times in advertising and media have made it a lot easier for small businesses to market themselves. The costs involved in formulating marketing campaigns, creating ads and placing them are all down, and as a result, marketing has become a lot more […]

Feds Boost Small Biz

The federal government is now promoting several initiatives designed to kick start small businesses out of the recession. In late April the White House initiated two task forces designed to help award more government work to small business. The first task force is intended to help all small businesses win contracts, and the second specifically […]

Small Biz Rebound?

Small businesses are showing signs of an economic rebound. This is the main finding of the recent Intuit Small Business Employment Index, a new monthly report that provides unique, near real time insight into employment trends of the smallest of small businesses. Mountain View, CA based, Intuit Inc., a leading small business payroll provider, based […]

Owners Are Wary

There is little spring optimism in the hearts of more than half of America’s small business owners, who see conditions for their businesses getting worse in the next six months, according to Discover Small Business Watch, Discover’s monthly check on the pulse of business. After some upward trends for most of last summer and into […]

Time for SBA Loan?

Bankers slammed the door on lending to most retailers and other small business people at the end of 2008 and the first part of 2009, as they themselves soaked up billions of dollars in bailout money from the federal government. Now there are signs that the purse strings may be loosening, at least where Small […]

Business Assessment Tool

Why do so many businesses fail? For one thing, too many entrepreneurs get all their advice from people who know everything about being encouraging, and nothing about what it takes to start a successful business., a leading information site for helping new business owners develop small business plans, headquartered in San Diego, CA, has […]