Small Business Reading Room

Thursday, February 16, 2006

How do you protect e-commerce?

You boost consumer confidence.

That's the message that Symantec and VeriSign execs wanted to convey to business leaders earlier this week.

Consumer distrust could lash e-commerce

Their solution? Of course, purchase their products. But hidden beneath the sales pitch, there was also the underlying call to action - the need to create a trusted digital environment.

Here's the fact of the matter, as e-commerce has grown, so has the number of threats. Symantic CEO John Thompson ominously pointed out,
"Even when we think that we are unplugged, we're not."

Anyone who does business online should conscious of the real need to boost consumer confidence, after all, no e-business owner wants their customers to go back to the mall.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Ten Reasons To Love Small Business

Small Business Is The Heart Of The Nation's Economy

It's not everday that you get a Valentine from Uncle Sam:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Small businesses are the heart of United States's economy, and the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is sending them this Valentine with the reasons to love them.

Ten Reasons To Love Small Business

10. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all United States employers.

9. Small businesses create more than 50 percent of the American nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).

8. Small patenting firms produce 13 to 14 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.

7. The more than 24 million small businesses in the United States are located in every community and neighborhood.

6. Small businesses employ 50.1 percent of the United States's non-farm private sector workers.

5. Home-based businesses account for 53 percent of all small businesses.

4. Small businesses are 97 percent of America’s exporters and produce 26 percent of all export value.

3. United States saw an estimated 580,865 new small firms with employees start-up in the last year measured.

2. There are approximately 4,115,900 minority-owned businesses and 6,492,795 women-owned businesses in the United States, and almost all of them are small businesses.

1. The latest figures show that small business creates 65 percent or more of America's net new jobs.

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