CNNMoney.com recently ran a story about the small business state of the union.
According to the article, a recent Fortune Small Business/Zogby International poll of U.S. small-business owners found that 42% of respondents said their businesses had gone downhill in the past four years.
You can also see results of a poll and small business owners responded to questions about taxes, health care, going green, gas and more here.
And finally, take a look at the forecast for 2009 for entrepreneurs here.
We always seem to look for the worst in these tough times, but according to the article, “the education and health-services sectors saw a net gain of 3,000 businesses last year. And according to the Small Business Administration, exports by small U.S. firms grew by 63.9% between 2002 and 2006 (the most recent data available), outpacing overall export growth of 50.5%.”
THE REAL WORLD RETAILING TAKEAWAY
Become a voracious consumer of information.
As much as we continue to read about the Small Business Administration and about government and small business in general, it doesn’t seem like there are a lot of solutions out there that can help small business. And even if solutions are created, it’s tough to stay abreast of those programs that are implemented which can actually help you and your business.
Continue to consult with your financial expert, accounting and tax firm to stay ahead of changes that can positively impact your business.
And read. Check out financial websites that can even provide broad information such as CNNMoney.com referenced above, Inc.com and other sites that contain information.
Talk to other small business owners to find out what they’re doing. Attend Chamber of Commerce events. Find your city’s small business association. Now’s the best time to network to keep up to date on what’s going on in your city, in your state, and nationally.