By Rieva Lesonsky

Have you missed any of my blog posts around the Web this week? Check them out here:

Small businesses are down (their competitiveness, that is) but not out (they’re still optimistic about the future. Read more results from the Network Solutions Small Business Success Index in my post at Anita Campbell’s Small Business Trends.

Have you tried mobile marketing yet? This may still be a cutting-edge concept, but if you own a restaurant, you need to get in on it–now. Find out why in my post on Network Solutions’ GrowSmartBusiness blog.

I’m always inspired by young entrepreneurs–and I hope you will be too when you check out my column on and read about young business owners who are changing the face of entrepreneurship.

Speaking of startups, are you ready to be one? If you’re looking for a great business to start, read my post on the SCORE Success Blog to learn what buying a franchise can offer to a new business owner.

Or maybe you’re beyond startup and ready to hire. Worried you can’t compete with big companies in today’s economy? Check out my post on American Express OPEN Forum to learn some secrets for finding the job candidate who’s perfect for your small business.

Even if you’re not expanding right now, you may need to hire sooner than you think: Nearly half of all employees are considering quitting. Find out more in my Survey Says column on AOL Small Business.