Sole Brother No. 1. In a previous post we knocked President Obama for his choice to lead the SBA, venture capitalist Karen Gordon Mills. What does a VC know about small business, we snorted. Now, happily, we can report that recent emanations from the White House imply enhanced focus on U.S. small business. Defoliated by Bush, who cut its funding and yanked its Cabinet seat, the SBA could be resurgent under the new prez. “There are signs that the SBA will play a more prominent role,” says Molly Brogan, spokeswoman for the National Small Business Association. “The transition team has reached out to a number of small-business organizations and Obama has a very open ear.” Just check out the photo: he’s definitely walked a mile (or more) in your shoes.
San Francisco chews out storefront owners. San Francisco is known as a liberal place. But its department of public works is taking a hard line with owners of storefront shops and restaurants. The problem is one that plagues every city in the world (outside of Singapore): globs of discarded chewing gum stuck like Quikrete to the sidewalks. San Francisco has declared this to be business owners’ responsibility and issued an edict: get out your putty knives or face a $300 fine.
Need a lead? Try LinkedIn. Here’s a clever way to use the social-media service to find new clients. Try the site’s Answers section. It’s where people go to post questions like: “Can someone please recommend an expert search marketer who also understands display marketing?” If you fit that description, you can recommend yourself. And if you’re clever (and confident) you can include a few other recommendations as well, so you appear more the helpful collaborator and less the needy applicant.
Dead people live…online. Can’t make it to the funeral? Now you can. Thanks to a business called Sympathynet.com you can view the Webcast. The site assures “events are password protected for privacy.” (We’ve heard of wedding crashers but funeral crashers? Creepy.)