Spain: 700,000 SMEs running at a loss

Fernando Santiago, president of the Spanish administrative managers, explains: “Our latest barometer, carried out among 6,000 Spanish registered administrative managers, shows that 23% of the 2.9 million small and medium-sized businesses closed in losses in 2023,” Fernando Santiago * | Almost 99% of businesses in Spain have 49 or fewer employees. And if you make a list of the entrepreneurs you know, you will be surprised: the hairdresser’s, the baker’s,…

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Becoming an entrepreneur: start with a 2013 growth plan

Thinking about challenging the crisis and starting a business next year? One of the classic first steps is the SWOT analysis: it will only take you about 20 minutes to list your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The more you’ll think out of the box, the more interesting results you’ll get…


Gallup: Sales, Certainty Key to U.S. Small Business Capital Spending

Asked about what would make them more likely to make capital investments in the next 12 months, 70 percent of U.S. small-business owners point out to three circumstances: a better sales outlook, more certainty about their operating environment, and lower federal taxes. According to the Wells Fargo-Gallup Small Business Index released by Gallup, that has surveyed small-business owners on current and future perceptions of their business financial situations, some of…