By Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva LesonskyIn his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Obama made lots of proposals to help small business. These included:

  • Using $30 billion of the money the big banks have repaid and using it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need.
  • A tax credit for small businesses that hire new workers or raise wages.
  • Eliminating capital gains taxes on small-business investment.
  • Providing a tax incentive to businesses that invest in new plants and equipment.
  • A National Export Initiative to help small businesses increase exports.

Will all these proposals come to pass? I don’t know, but for my take on what small-business owners can do—now—to get their businesses moving with or without government assistance, read my column.

For a real-life example of businesses that aren’t waiting for government assistance, but are finding opportunity in the downturn, read my Franchise Blog.

And for some good news for small-business owners seeking business loans or other funding, check out my blog on Anita Campbell’s Small Business Trends.