The Week in Small Business – 05.28.11

by Kevin Casey on May 28, 2011
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We do the legwork of finding the best in small business news and links. You have more time to do what you love.

Facebook Local Exec Talks Small Business Tips

Looking for advice on how best to use Facebook for your business? Why not go straight to the source: USA Today scored an interview with Facebook’s director of local, who answered a series of questions on how businesses can get the most out of the ubiquitous social network. Topics include everything from “Likes” to how often to post updates on your Page. Related reading: Cats need Facebook, too!

EPA Issues $2.25 Million to Green Businesses

Got a green business but not enough green in the bank? You might consider asking your Uncle Sam for help. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just awarded $2.25 million to 10 small businesses “working to support the development of new technologies for protecting the environment and public health.” The firms are working on everything from reducing toxic chemical output from landfills to turning methane waste into usable fuel. The awards were made through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

Wells Fargo Bankers Talk Small Business Loans

Some big banks have taken heat for accepting federal bailout money but not necessarily doling out more loans as result, particularly to small businesses. Robb Mandelbaum of The New York Times sat down with the top executives of Wells Fargo’s small business unit to discuss that criticism and small business lending in general. Wells Fargo was the nation’s largest lender in 2010 based on SBA data.

Wait — There’s Nothing Under the Seats?!?

Oprah Winfrey bid adieu to her long-standing TV talk show this week, and Reuters columnist Deborah Cohen took a look at the iconic host’s “Midas touch” for smaller businesses over the years. Namely, whenever a small business found its product on stage — or under the audience’s seats — it found a corresponding sales boom as a result of the publicity.

Flickr: It’s Not Just for Baby Photos

Whether you’re in the photography business or just an armchair shutterbug, Small Business Trends serves up four ways to use the popular Flickr photo-sharing site for marketing and other purposes. And you don’t even have to have a camera — one of the tips notes the availability of a wide range of Creative Commons-licensed photos that can be used free of charge for your website or other collateral.

Kevin Casey is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.

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