By Rieva Lesonsky

Did you miss any of my blog posts from around the Net this week? Here’s the lowdown on what I’m writing about.

Every entrepreneur needs to keep on top of trends. This week on Anita Campbell’s Small Business Trends, I wrote about 5 hot industries that all small businesses should know about. (Another way to stay in the know about trends: Sign up for my free weekly TrendCast enewsletter–just click the big red button at the top of this page.)

Summer is here and consumers may be happy about the 4th of July holiday, but are they really feeling confident? Not according to the latest BIG Research survey. Visit Network Solutions’ GrowSmartBusiness blog to find out more.

What do your employees do that drives you nuts? C’mon–spill. Plenty of entrepreneurs did in the survey I reported on AOL Small Business–read it to see if you’re the only one with a salesman who clips his toenails during meetings.

When you plan your PR campaigns, do you target bloggers? Well, you should–because new research shows bloggers are highly influential in convincing consumers to buy. Learn how you can take advantage of this trend in my post on AT&T’s SmallBusiness InSite.

Maybe you don’t have a PR plan–or even a marketing plan. Learn why you need a marketing strategy–and how to create one–in my post on the SBA’s Industry Word blog.

Do entrepreneurs matter? Time magazine doesn’t think so. Find out why I’m outraged about it in my column. Also on, discover what I learned while attending the Dell Women Entrepreneurs Network event in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, recently.

Not an entrepreneur yet–but dreaming of being one? Find out if you really have what it takes to start your own business in my post on the SCORE Success Blog.

Want to motivate your employees–and better connect with your customers? Find out the surprising way you can accomplish both goals at once in my post on American Express OPEN Forum.