Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
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"Small business" has been a favorite catchphrase for politicians and pundits in and around Washington this year, from the coming 1099 rule (and attempts to repeal it) to the midterm elections and, most recently, the tax-cut extension debate -- but do any of them actually have SMB interests at heart? We may need to wait until next year -- or beyond -- to see how everything shakes out, but the Small Business Jobs Act, at least, helped shore up lending to smaller companies and create tax breaks and incentives for investment.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.