Running your own company can be as overwhelming as it is rewarding. It doesn’t matter whether you’re selling a new substance meant to replace food, breaking into a hot tech accelerator, or manufacturing kitchen countertops. Competitive pressures, regulations, and a myriad of other forces affect entrepreneurs across industries, from Main Street to Silicon Valley. To build a successful business, you need to know what’s happening, and what it means for your company and your peers.
Bloomberg Businessweek’s Small Business channel helps you do that. For more than a decade, our reporters and editors have provided millions of readers news, analysis, and insight they trust. They return daily for our expertise covering the effects of government policies such as Obamacare, and the ins and outs of financing, among other important topics. They find award-winning journalism that cuts through hype and pap often obscuring what really matters to business owners.
Now, we’re refreshing and expanding our Small Business channel. Right off the bat, you’ll find more news and more analysis written by an expanded team of reporters. There are posts on subjects ranging from credit cards to disruptive trends, interviews with pioneering founders, and plenty more on The New Entrepreneur, our staff blog. Veteran business columnist Karen E. Klein is interviewing experts and distilling their insights into answers throughout the week in her Smart Answers column. You can submit questions 24-7, and learn from hundreds of previous answers.
Beyond editorial content, you can also access tools to help you do your homework and push your ideas into flight. For example, there’s an expansive library of business plans from Palo Alto Software and legal documents from Docstoc. Also, we have benchmarking engines from SizeUp to show how your business compares to competitors, help you determine where to advertise, and inform you about potential markets.
We hope these new features will make the Small Business channel more useful and more enjoyable. Take a look around, and let us know what you think.
–Nick Leiber, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Small Business Editor