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13 Obama's Stimulus Package and Small Business

Intuit CommunityAs part of Intuit’s Small Business United campaign, I am participating in a virtual Small Business Town Hall to discuss the Obama Stimulus Package and what it means to small business owners.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM Eastern (Noon Pacific time) – Sign in here

Raymond J. Keating, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s Chief Economist, will walk small business owners through key things they should know about the stimulus and the economy.

I will be joined on a panel to discuss the package and Keating’s remarks by Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and Kelly Spors, small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

This is a great way to learn about these important and evolving plans and express your opinions on things like payroll taxes, investment credits and other changes that impact the ability for small businesses to grow.

They are experimenting with a new online platform they call a Town Hall Meeting. Participants can interact with the panel by posing questions in chat or by raising their hand to speak. The entire system is Internet based, no phone, but you must have speakers on your computer to hear and a microphone to speak. If you have a camera you can appear via video as you speak. I’ve tested the system with them several times and it gives a very different feel than typical lecture type conferences. (You can also enter via this Facebook app)

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5 Talking About Money, Marketing and Other Stuff

I wrote a guest post for Anita Campbell’s Small Business Trends site titled – What’s Money Got To Do With It. The post explores the idea that too many small business owners don’t place enough value on what they do to charge what it’s worth. The post drew some pretty strong reactions – go check it out and add your two cents.

Speaking of guest writing – I am contributing content and community involvement for the newly launched Business Exchange Community hosted by Business Week. It’s a community all about content and building out niche topic areas. Anyone can join, build a profile, and suggest topics. I’ve been busy working on the Small Business Marketing topic area.

I think it’s a great place to read and catch up on some content you may have otherwise missed but I think there are also some opportunities for exposure and traffic for those who get in there and start and curate a topic area.

And don’t forget to check out the great post over on the Digital Nomads site. I am finding some great tips for doing things on the road both from the contributors and the comments made from readers. I mean who knew that Microsoft Live Search Mobile had speech recognition, category lookup and GPS tracking. My post this week focused on Navigating Your World When On the Go

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