Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.
What’s going ‘on’:
Small business optimism edges up: Small business optimism inched up for the second month in a row in December, but that’s not a sign that the coming year will be boom times for entrepreneurs, according to the latest report from the National Federation of Independent Business. “Make no mistake, the economic winter is still here,” NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said in a statement.
Romney easily takes New Hampshire: Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, going two for two in the nominating contests thus far and reinforcing his standing as the man to beat for the Republican nomination. Ron Paul finished second while Jon Huntsman Jr. placed third.
CEO turnover rate hastens: In North America, this past year brought 2,337 chief executive turnovers, up 75 percent from 1,335 in 2010 and back on par with 2008 totals, according to new data from Libernum Research. The firm touts the increased executive turnover as a leading economic indicator of better times on the horizon.
Facebook hops in the car: A Facebook app will now come preloaded in new Mercedes-Benz models, allowing drivers to interact with friends and businesses on the road. The move highlights the social networking service’s expansion to a number of settings where screens and Internet connections are available.
Keep an eye ‘on’:
Small businesses cashing in on the election: Playing host to the early Republican primaries has proven lucrative for a number of small businesses from Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina. Entrepreneur took a look at five of these businesses and how they gained some positive political publicity.
China’s economy slowing down: China’s import growth fell to a two-year low at the end of the year, underscoring a slowdown in the fastest- growing major economy that deepens risks for the global outlook. Overall, imports rose a mere11.8 percent from a year before, less than all 21 estimates in a recent Bloomberg News survey of economists
Helpful advice ‘on’:
How to prepare a proper PowerPoint pitch (Open Forum)
How to promote an unknown brand (Wall Street Journal)
How to cultivate loyal fans on social media (Fast Company)
How to become your company’s storyteller (Entrepreneur)
How to push your firm without being pushy (Small Biz Trends)