Midweek Reading: USA-Made, Management Fads, and SBA Loans


July is nearly over, but small business news keeps on coming. Here’s some of the best midweek reading for small business entrepreneurs this week.

With more and more people freelancing as part of the “Gig Economy,” some self-employed freelancers are working to recreate some of the structures of traditional business.

David Politis was interviewed by Adam Bryant of the New York Times, and talked about his advice for building a culture and gaining experience beyond what your resume might initially warrant.

Businesses need more coders and software developers than ever, but the supply is limited. An industry of “coding schools” has popped up to train people looking for a career switch the skills they need.

Walmart held its second Made in USA “Open Call,” an event bringing in suppliers for products made in the United States pitching to get their stores sold on shelves at Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer.

LinkedIn is the latest big business to walk back a corporate decision after customer uproar. The Washington Post looks at how businesses have to walk a fine line between admitting mistakes and giving in to every loud complaint.

The demand for small business loans is higher than ever, at least for government-backed loans. The SBA actually hit its yearly limit for loan guarantees in July, and needs Congressional approval to increase the limit for the remainder of the year.

Fads come and go, but sometimes they linger… Liz Ryan writes for Forbes about 5 management fads that passed their expiration date a long time ago, but are still going in many business.

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Edwin Bevens

Edwin Bevens

Edwin Bevens is the Head Writer and Editor for Tarkenton Companies, and the Editor of SmallBizClub.com. With a background in journalism and publishing, Edwin received a 2008 South Carolina Press Association Award for reporting. Developing, producing, and maintaining content across multiple websites, Edwin focuses on helping small business owners find the right match of voice, audience, and medium for every message.