Every Friday we list 7 of the best stories we’ve read throughout the week. Most have something to do with small business, entrepreneurship and getting funding or business loans.
Enjoy the stories below and please share something you’ve read this week.
The 46th edition of Links of the Week:
1. Bernanke says lending spigots are more open now — Boston Globe — “Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that many businesses and consumers are finding it easier to borrow as banks shore up their balance sheets.”
2. Romney: Obama worst for small business since Carter — CNNMoney — “Mitt Romney last week called President Obama ‘the most anti-small business’ president since Jimmy Carter.
The presumptive Republican nominee said the Obama administration has made it ‘harder and harder for small business to thrive.’”
3. The Shadow Over Community Banking — CFO.com — “Last week, a Treasury Department official made a long-overdue confession: of the 343 banks that received capital injections under the Troubled Asset Relief Program and are still partly owned by the U.S. government, a majority won’t be able to repay their debt to taxpayers in the ‘foreseeable future,’ if ever.”
4. 26 Tips for Success With Location-Based Marketing — Social Media Examiner — “Social, local, mobile are three words marketers are hearing more and more these days. And sometimes we may even hear them uttered together in one breath as SoLoMo.”
5. Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things — NPR — “Over the past decade or so, news stories about unethical behavior have been a regular feature on TV, a long, discouraging parade of misdeeds marching across our screens. And in the face of these scandals, psychologists and economists have been slowly reworking how they think about the cause of unethical behavior.”
6. Top 5 Reasons Why SMBs Should be Afraid of Social Media — Search Engine Watch — “Social media presents great risks as it does rewards for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Among social media’s shortcomings: it doesn’t convert prospects to customers with the same ease that search does.”
7. Don’t Try to “Pull an Instagram.” Here’s Why — Both Sides of the Table — “What I want to talk about today is one of the insider baseball discussions of our industry this past week: The odd fact of the $500 million financing round completed just before the company sold for a B.”
Now it’s your turn. What did you see this week that is worthy of everyone’s eyeballs?