This week in small business: The real driver of economic good times revealed

If our elected representatives need to be clued in on the importance of small business to the country’s economic wellbeing, a good place to start would be reading Mary Ellen Biery’s article based on Sageworks statistics. And, for those of us who actually work for a living, the marketing, productivity, and entrepreneurship articles here are well worth the investment in time.

Politics, government, and the economy

Drawing on recent Sageworks stats, Mary Ellen Biery gives us nine amazing facts on the impact of small businesses.

Writing for MarketWatch, Jeffry Bartash details the type of spending that leads to economic and real income growth.

Leadership, management, and productivity

Adrian Ghila says that delegation doesn’t work in small businesses and she gives leaders an alternative approach.

Hey ladies, you need to check out Carol Kinsey Goman’s success tips for women in a male-dominated industry.

If you want to boost your bottom line, review Choncé Maddox’s five proven ways to cut costs.

Here’s some truly practical advice from Rob Star: 10 Tips to Prevent Burglaries at Your Small Business.

The next wave in productivity improvement will come from “bias mitigation,” says Amanda Greenberg.

Marketing and sales

Have you tried “cause marketing”? Maybe you should, because according to Bryn Dodson, it isn’t dead, it’s evolving.

We have the state of the union address and now Brian Sutter gives us the state of small business marketing in Forbes.

Annie Pilon covers a wide range of areas in her 10 tips aimed at growing your small business.

Facebook Messenger chatbots are the latest entry in digital marketing. To get up to speed check out Michael Stelzner’s article.

Sheila Kloefkorn explains how to use best practices on your marketing budget.

Not all marketing is online. Susan Friesen gives us ideas for combining offline with online marketing to build your credibility.

Constance Brinkley-Badgett lists what she believes are the best Internet marketing services for small businesses in several categories.

Entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation

Get off the dime with the 20 motivational quotes to inspire your next business idea as curated and introduced by Murray Newlands.