A Small Business News Roundup From Around The Country

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Once a week, we’ll deliver a roundup of small business news and advice from around the nation. This week’s is borrowed from BizEngine.

Business Growth Up In Arizona

According to the invaluable Intuit, small business growth nationwide in March was 50,000 jobs or .2 percent. That’s not exactly booming, but it’s at least encouraging.

Arizona was among the leaders with .4 percent growth, which may have something to do with the fact that so many of the small businesses Intuit surveys are in that state:

The index is based on figures from the country’s smallest businesses that use Intuit Online Payroll, of which there are more than 1,000 in Arizona.

A Womens’ Business Chat

Despite the budget woes that are looming for the Small Business Administration, the federal agency is still chugging along and providing help to small business owners.

According to heraldnet.com, female small business owners seeking federal contracts will get a boost tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in an online chat run by the SBA’s Michele Chang. Check it out if you fit the category.

Choosing A Domain Name

If you’re a small business just getting started on the Internet, one of the most daunting early challenges can be figuring out what domain name you want to go with. You don’t want to go with something impossibly long, but it can be hard to convey your business without doing so.

We’re back with Intuit again, and they’ve got some great tips about how to settle on a name. Those addresses should be easy to remember, original and easy to pronounce and spell. For more tips, be sure to check out the link above.

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  1. The Intuit article definitely has some good information about domain names in it.

    Planning ahead is a must. I have a friend (photographer) who purchased a domain that consisted of his first and last name followed by the word “photo.” After setting up the website and everything he found out that there was another photographer with the same first and last name whose website name contained the same FirstnameLastname format, but was followed by the word “photography.” My friend was definitely annoyed by this finding, but had he done a little planning ahead, could have avoided it all together.

    I also agree with avoiding “creative misspellings.” However, there are rare exceptions (see Google).

    Deciding on a domain name is tough business. It can hinder your business a lot if it’s no good, but won’t do a lot to help out the business. So really, it’s all about trying not to look stupid when it comes to a domain name.

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