This week’s small business news review found that there are plenty of high-functioning free small biz tools available, small businesses are just as vulnerable to cyber attacks as large companies, states like Texas are attracting companies away from other states, a proposed citizenship verification system is not the answer, and a group of small biz authorities you can follow on Twitter.
- Twitter Feeds for Small Business Gurus
With all the ‘stuff’ that’s out there, finding good advice and helpful tools from experienced small business pros is sometimes hard to find. Huffington Post assembled a top 30 list of small biz authorities worth following.
- Looking for Free Small Biz Software?
Entrepreneurs starting with bootstrap financing are looking for the most effective business software at the lowest price. The good news is that there are an abundance of software programs and apps that can be used for a very low price – free. Here are nine helpful business tools that won’t cost you a dime.
- Small Biz Cyber Vulnerability
Today hackers are targeting government, banking, retail, even dating sites. Small businesses are becoming a hot target and many are vulnerable. Cyber security firm Symantec says that, by the time a startup is five months old it has likely already been hit by spam, malware, and other threats.
- Texas (and Others) is Becoming a Small Biz Haven (video)
CNNMoney banking analyst Meredith Whitney explains how the US is becoming split “globe” of emerging growth states and contracting states. States like Texas are seeing “high single-digit growth” versus others suffering with “low..GDP growth”. Businesses are deciding where to operate based upon taxation, transportation, infrastructure, and other differentiators.
- The Future of Hiring in the US?
The US Senate recently removed a provision in the immigration bill passing through Congress that would require all businesses to use a citizenship verification system called e-Verify. That’s good for small business owners. Though NASE members agree that a new system is needed, e-Verify doesn’t appear to be the right system. In 2011, the Center for American Progress estimated a first-year price tag of $1,254 to $24,422 for each business, if required by law, just to implement this “free” system.