Week In Review: Small Business Saturday, Twitter Experiments and More

It’s time again for our week in review. Listed below are the head stories important in your small business this week from the Small Business Trends editorial team.

Holidays

Small suppliers profit from turkey shortage . Butterball, among the nation’s largest producers, was in need of big fresh birds this year. To not worry though. Small farmers came to the rescue…and are smiling ear to ear.

Parking free in 42 communities on Small Business Saturday . Free parking is meant to further encourage customers to buy at local small businesses. Look at the post for a whole list of participating communities.

Social Media

Twitter experimented briefly with new messaging program . For approximately a month, Twitter gave users the choice of letting followers direct message them — even supposing they aren’t following them back. It doesn’t seem the feature has made the cut.

LinkedIn rolls out Showcase Pages . It is usually helpful when you have a couple of niche services and products and wish to focus on slightly different audiences with each. Here’s a basic overview.

Business Basics

Square eliminates flat rates. It’s a huge blow to small businesses who use the pocket-sized bank card reader to prevent fees on a significant mastercard merchant account. The flat fee have been a primary incentive for lots of small businesses to attempt the service.

Italy’s oldest family business seeks foreign customers . For hundreds of years, the Pontifical Marinelli Foundry has served mainly one large local client, the Vatican. But tough economic times have forced this local bell maker to take a look at increasing exports.

Tech

Acer introduces two ultrabooks . These devices are new to the U.S. market and are aimed directly at business users. They’ve got a number of featured but don’t expect a bargain price.

Policy

Raising the minimum wage . The Affordable Care Act raised many concerns — now seemingly confirmed — inside the small business community. But another policy at the horizon could be easily as dangerous. And that danger will not be only to the companies themselves. Scott Shane has more.

Another Obamacare Website delay . Yes, there’s another delay involving the Obamacare website. And this one affects small business with 50 employees or less. Small Business Trends CEO Anita Campbell has more.

Reading Photo via Shutterstock

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *