Ten 2010 Trends & Opportunities for Small Business

by Chris Brown on Thursday, February 4, 2010

Last night I heard Anita Campbell speak at the Hudson Library to a packed house of entrepreneurs, small business owners and those who are considering taking the first steps in starting a business.

You can read the full summary of her presentation “2010 Small Business Trends & Opportunities” at her online publication, Small Business Trends which offers a wealth of helpful information.

The 10 trends and opportunities for small businesses:

  1. Cloud Computing
  2. DIY Marketing
  3. Green
  4. Personal Branding
  5. Blending of Phones/Computers
  6. Local Presence on the Internet
  7. Growth of Gov’t Contracting
  8. More Competition to get Found OnLine
  9. Crowdsourcing Customers w/technology
  10. More Sole Proprietorships (due to high unemployment)

She made the point very strongly that as a small business, you’ve got to be somewhat savvy of online marketing techniques. If you hire a marketing person in your company, or you outsource your marketing to a firm (Note: here’s a link to my marketing company), make sure they are a Techno-Savvy Marketer.

Good advice!

Recommended reading: The Social Media Bible, New Community Rules,

Two sites that I’m going to check out:
BizSugar, where readers vote on content that helps small business owners. The content is pulled in from a wide variety of authors and published by Anita Campbell.

ReTargeter an advertising app that helps keep loyal readers returning to your online publication.

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