The Morning Briefing: Small business matters

Summary:"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading news concerning small businesses.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading news concerning small businesses.

1.) Small business bill bogs down in Senate. Senate Republicans on Tuesday thwarted a Democratic attempt to add investor protections to legislation aimed at helping small businesses, leaving Democrats scrambling to find their next course of action. The effort to cement a link in the small business bill to the extension and expansion of the Export-Import Bank also failed.

2.) Should the Small Business Administration be abolished? How vital is the role of the federal government in promoting the role of small business in America, and how vital is the Small Business Administration in that promotion? The SBA's supporters argue that it is crucial, but critics say the agency's loans do more harm than good.

3.) Post office reaches out to small businesses. The U.S. Postal service initiated a soft product launch last year to attract small business by providing a cost-effective mail product. Every Door Direct Mail is a business-friendly offering that eliminates the need for special mailing permits, registration fees and marketing lists. Is the program is gaining ground?

4.) Scheduling tool launched by Groupon for small businesses. Groupon has recently launched a scheduling tool in beta stage aimed at smaller firms and startups. The Groupon scheduler will allow customers to buy the deal of the day and book an appointment with that business at the same time. This is to help Groupon with their long-term goal of encouraging small businesses to run more deals through the company.

5.) Budget 2012: what business leaders want. The 2012 UK budget will be released this week -- but what would businesses want? Most say they want tax breaks, such as VAT holidays in order to revive a dull economy. However, is there even any money to invest?

Bonus: PayPal's small business solution under the microscope

Bonus: Small business loans just got a lot simpler

Image credit: Ken Teegardin

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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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