The Week in Small Business – 11.13.2010

We scour the web for the best in small business news and links so you don’t have to.

Veterans and Entrepreneurs

As the nation recognized its veterans this week, the Houston Chronicle shared advice on putting military service to work for your business, particularly when seeking government contracts. Meanwhile, the U.S. Small Business Administration unveiled three new programs for vets.

Glass Half Full (and Rising)

Another private survey, this one by online marketing firm Constant Contact, shows growing optimism among small businesses about the economy heading into 2011.

Make Them an Offer They Can’t Refuse

As the holiday shopping season ramps up, SmartMoney offers consumers a closer look at seven irresistible sales pitches that retailers throw their way. Which of these have you used? Which will you try for the first time?

Your Business Is a Customer, Too

When the competition for your business’s budget gets fierce, it can help your bottom line. A Reliant Energy executive tells the Dallas Business Journal that the small business market is “extremely competitive” and that the provider, a subsidiary of NRG, is focused on providing programs to help small businesses keep costs down.

Speaking of Energy Costs…

The husband-and-wife owners of a small laundry business in St. Louis, MO,  may be shut down by a staggering gas bill — more than $55,000. The utility, Laclede Gas, says the bill is the result of a bad meter that undercharged Wash-n-Wear Laundry for 43 months. The couple has been in business for 15 years. The state regulatory agency is looking into the matter.

It’s Easy Being Green

A refreshing reminder that good citizenship can be a good business, too: Going Green Computers, based in Pekin, IL, grew out of owner Bradley Frick’s desire to keep electronics waste out of landfills. And grown it has — Frick recycled between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds of electronics last month alone.

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