Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world.

US Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Small businesses want, fear health reform: Small-business owners are begging for changes to the health care system, but they believe they have the most to lose when and if reform materializes.
  • From distilleries to backwoods bowling alleys, NYC provides loans to rural small businesses: The city has laid off teachers, trimmed the housing authority payroll, chopped cultural grants and scrambled to close a looming $1.1 billion budget gap.
  • The CEO in the mail room: Small businesses have shed an estimated 1.6 million jobs this year. That leaves the remaining staffers to pick up the workload left behind — and even bosses are pitching in. With their employee rosters cut to the bone, business owners are going back to the basics, re-learning to do tasks they may not have handled in years.
  • A hot wine startup hits ‘pause’: Greg Snell’s startup seemed to have it all — an innovative product, millions in venture capital from a top Silicon Valley firm, and a wait list of enthusiastic customers ready to shell out thousands of dollars. But after the recession hit, the former semiconductor industry executive found his fledgling company teetering on the verge of failure.
  • Bring Wall Street to Main Street: They’re young, talented and well-funded–but how are these former financiers faring as entrepreneurs?

Canada Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Entrepreneurship is key to growing B.C.’s economy: Throughout North America and, indeed, around the world, governments and other managers of economies have recognized that in this century, innovation and knowledge, primarily in the form of technology, will be the main economic driver. For example, in March 2009, the Harvard Business Review suggested that the currency of global competition in the years ahead will be innovation.
  • Business confidence growing: Calgary business owner Kim Stern can understand the growing optimism among fellow Alberta entrepreneurs.
  • Procurement Definition: What is procurement? This procurement definition for small business owners includes an introduction to the key issues and general trends in procurement, such as green procurement.
  • Ambitious Growth goals for rubber band man: Roland Swift was born and raised on Brier Island, near Digby, N.S., where the majority of the island’s nearly 300 inhabitants work hauling in lobsters. Binding lobster claws for safe handling and shipping was done manually, until Mr. Swift set about designing a machine that could radically speed the process. He succeeded, eventually creating a patented “semi-automated rubber band applying machine.”
  • Use this lull to reinvent, diversify and expand: According to the Bank of Canada and several economists, the recession’s over. Real Estate sales are booming, the stock market’s up by some 50% from its lows, and business and consumers are starting to spend again, albeit hesitantly.

Australia Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Small guys back Rudd’s policy: THE Rudd government has received a ringing endorsement this week from a group of voters who should belong well and truly to Malcolm Turnbull
  • Small business cash flow solution: SMALL businesses face cash flow pressure because large customers extend payment terms then seek a discount for early settlement, says the industry group for receivables finance providers.
  • SMEs confident but job cuts still on the agenda: Small business optimism over the Australia’s economy is at a 10-year high, a new report shows.The latest Sensis Business Index, released today, shows confidence increased 20 points to 50% in the September quarter and is now at the highest level since the global credit crunch began.
  • Businesses loosing out on finance: SMALL businesses are facing cash flow pressure as large customers extend payment terms then seek a discount for early settlement, says an industry finance body

India Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Tower Group Research Ranks Travelex Industry Leader in Payment: EPAY Inc. is a high performance, online payment platform allowing consumers and small businesses to send and receive money transfers worldwide through debit cards. … May 20th, 2009 MUMBAI – Avaya GlobalConnect,India’s leading enterprise business communications solutions provider today unveiled its strategic roadmap in India for 2009. The company announced its renewed focus on technology solutions for the BFSI, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Hospitality and …
  • SEO training Programs in India: The SEO Training Class helps small business owners learn the basics of SEO to increase the visibility of their business in the search engines. By combining these techniques with excellent marketing skills, you will be well on your way …
  • Tata Communications high on cloud: Tata Communications , the global communications provider, is all set to tap the growing cloud services market in India . Along with large enterprises, it sees small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) as potential users of cloud services.

UK & Ireland Home & Small Business News Roundup

  • Poor payment tops list of business owners’ concerns in latest Economic Downturn Panel survey: Cash flow worries as a result of increasing late payments are causing small businesses the most headaches, according to the latest Economic Downturn Panel survey carried out by the FPB.
  • Help at hand for small firms struggling with employment law: Employment law is a mounting problem for small businesses forced to make redundancies because of the recession or dismiss staff following disciplinary breaches, the FPB is warning.
  • FSB sweet talk at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will give the Liberal Democrat Party Conference a taste of life in a small firm this week to highlight the importance of small businesses in tackling unemployment.
  • Change needed at job centres: Jobcentre Plus is in desperate need of reform, says the Federation of Small Businesses
  • Cloud technology will help small firms: An increase in the number of companies offering firms remotely operated IT services – known as cloud computing – could help small firms to compete against larger rivals

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  • WinWeb OnlineOffice Pro Now With Bookkeeping Service: Small business owners need more than software, online or off-line, they need real business services to get things done. That is how WinWeb has seen the SME market for a decade now.
  • 100 Tips and Tricks for Freelancers and Self-Employed: Over 10 million workers in the US alone are independent contractors or better know as freelancers or self-employed. Using freelancers is a great way for small business to get jobs and projects done by professionals.But what about the freelancers themselves? How are they fairing during this recession? We have compiled a list of 100 tips
  • The Lost Workforce of the West: It seems so many people have had the same time-line. Work for years, lay all the paving slabs on the career path, then put it all on hold when the patter of tiny feet come along. Every year in the West, there are millions of births, and so many of them lead to a major […]
  • 75 Virtual Assistant Tips For Small & Home Businesses: How often are you doing business admin work and you wish you had someone to do it for you? Rings a bell? Well you are not alone, we all have moments like this.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST– Software and business services online to start and run a small business – free trial and 100+ free business ideas.

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