The Top 10 Small Business Stories for 2009

The ongoing effects of the recession meant another mostly blah year for small businesses, with entrepreneurs reporting slumping sales and restricted access to capital among their biggest roadblocks. While we covered these topics in depth (and continue to do so on the Small Business channel and within this blog), plenty more news, trends, and ideas captured the attention of our readers, from Twitter’s promise as a marketing tool to credit-card processors’ increased reserve demands to social entrepreneurs’ potential to help lead the recovery. The 10 most read small business stories written in 2009 follow.

Twitter: Building Businesses Tweet by Tweet Entrepreneurs are finding the fast-rising microblogging site to be a useful tool for reaching out to customers

America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2009 For our fifth annual roundup, BusinessWeek readers nominated a record number of young entrepreneurs. Meet the 25 most impressive

A Guide to Self-Employment Advice for recently laid-off workers considering going into business for themselves

How Positive Psychology Can Boost Your Business In tough times, entrepreneurs try the so-called science of happiness to build thriving companies

Cash Vanishes from Merchants’ Accounts Citing the increased risk of bankruptcy, credit-card processors are increasingly demanding—or simply seizing—cash reserves from entrepreneurs

Beyond Eureka Looking for a great business idea? These five steps will take you from blank slate to booming

The Rise of the ‘Homepreneur’ New research shows the economic importance of home-based businesses: They account for more than half of all U.S. businesses and employ more people than venture-backed companies

The Pros of Planting Startups in Smaller Cities Quality of life and local incentives can lend a competitive advantage to entrepreneurs when they need it most

After Layoffs, Starting a Business from Scratch Plenty of employees have visions of launching their own ventures. Layoffs are spurring some of them to make the plunge

Making a Profit and a Difference As the economy reels, enterprising individuals who apply business practices to solving societal problems are gaining support from public and private sectors

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